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GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Gov. Tim Walz and front-line workers on Wednesday encouraged essential workers who'd stayed on the job during the height of the pandemic to apply for hero pay through the state.
Lawmakers that helped push the new rule through the Minnesota Capitol said they were working on fixes around enforcement, next steps to fully legalize marijuana for adult use.
The state reported the annual statistics on who received an abortion in the state a week after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion.
This year’s contest between Democratic-Farmer-Labor incumbent Steve Simon, who has held the office since 2014, and Republican-endorsed challenger Kim Crockett has seen record levels of fundraising.

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Under the new law, people 21 and older can buy products containing servings of up to 5 milligrams of THC. A single package of edibles — or drinkables — may not contain more than 50 milligrams.
Minnesota is set to become an island in the region for abortion access and providers said that nonprofit clinics alone might not be able to handle all patients seeking services.
The recommendation comes after the district hired a financial consultant to examine the breakdown of costs between its fire and ambulance services.
Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš met with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Wednesday ahead of a six-day Latvian song and dance festival in St. Paul.
In all, the federal infrastructure law will mean $13 billion for a range of upgrades on tribal lands nationwide. That’s everything from better sewers, repaired dams, buried cable to bring faster internet and improvements meant to foster cleaner water and energy.
During his second term in 2017, Franken resigned from the Senate after several women alleged he had inappropriately touched or kissed them

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Gov. Tim Walz said he would dip into the remaining American Rescue Plan funds on Tuesday after negotiations about a special session to debate billions of dollars in supplemental spending and tax relief failed.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, described Trump supporters being armed with AR-15-style rifles and other weapons in testimony on Tuesday to the House of Representatives select committee.
During a news conference on Tuesday, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor governor said voters would have a large say in future access to abortion in Minnesota and asked them to back his reelection bid.

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