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ST. PAUL -- How attempts to legalize marijuana will proceed remained unclear early this week. House and Senate authors continued to oppose the other's bill after they discussed how to proceed. Both chambers overwhelmingly passed medical marijuana bills last week. Rep. Carly Melin, D-Hibbing, said that her goal is to get a bill passed so Minnesota patients can use the benefits of marijuana. The House passed a bill that would help fewer people and provides fewer places where marijuana could be picked up. Gov.
Ray Gildow, a longtime professional fishing guide in the Brainerd lakes area, will be Gov. Mark Dayton's guide in the 2014 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener on May 10. Toby Kvalevog, also of the Brainerd area, will fish with Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon, Explore Minnesota Tourism officials said Friday. This will be Gildow's fourth opener where he's served as a guide but in all of the previous events he said he's hosted media anglers. A casual acquaintance of the governor, Gildow said, he served as Wadena County chair of Dayton's first U.S. Senate campaign. Dayton lost that race.
Jim Oberstar was remembered for his encyclopedic command of policy details, his devotion to the people of northern Minnesota and — to those who knew him best — as a mentor and friend. Oberstar, a Chisholm native who was the longest-serving member of Congress in Minnesota history, died in his sleep on Saturday morning in his Maryland home, a statement from his family said. He was 79. His death prompted tributes from across Minnesota and beyond. "Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Congressman Jim Oberstar," President Barack Obama said in a statement.
Even though the open enrollment window for MNsure has closed, the website is still available to those needing to make changes or who still need to register for medical assistance and MinnesotaCare. MNsure is the health insurance exchange that is the state's equivalent to the federal ObamaCare exchange. And though there were problems with the MNsure website launch, Mahube-Otwa helped over 600 people navigate through the process. About 80 to 90 percent of those people qualified for medical assistance or MinnesotaCare. "The first year was a tough year.
ST. PAUL -- The last remaining major puzzle piece to finishing the 2014 Minnesota Legislature is set to be put in place. Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, D-Plummer, Monday announced a proposal topping $1 billion to fund public works projects around the state. It came two weeks before the Legislature must adjourn for the year. The state would borrow $846 million through selling bonds that would be repaid by general taxes. Some projects would be funded by bonds to be repaid by other sources.