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Why many scientists fear a second Trump term
Federal scientists work on everything from agriculture and housing to weather forecasts and electricity generation. Many worry they will face censorship if Trump wins in November.
In Minnesota’s deep red 7th District, Otter Tail County GOP feuds over pretty much everything
There’s a feud unfolding among Republicans in northwest Minnesota. The Otter Tail County GOP is currently deeply divided, with traditional area Republicans pitted against a more conservative, activist faction of the local GOP.
Secretary of State: Law is clear on what Biden’s exit means for Minnesota ballots
Secretary of State Steve Simon is responsible for ensuring that Minnesota has a smooth and fair election this fall. With President Joe Biden exiting the race just a month before the Democratic National Convention, one name on the ballot is now uncertain. How will that affect our ballots?
‘Time is up’ for Minneapolis buildings left hazardous and vacant for years
About 320 vacant and hazardous buildings are logged in the Minneapolis vacant building registration, with over half concentrated in the city’s north side. Some have been seemingly abandoned for more than a decade, with nearly a hundred empty for five plus years. But now, per an amended ordinance, building owners could have to fork over $24,000 annually for letting them sit. 
Secret Service director, grilled by lawmakers on the Trump assassination attempt, says ‘we failed’
Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle was berated for hours by Republicans and Democrats, repeatedly angering lawmakers by evading questions about the investigation during the first hearing over the July 13 assassination attempt.
You ask, we answer: Biden dropped out, now what?
President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 presidential race on Sunday and endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as the next nominee. Here are answers to questions MPR News readers asked us about the news.
Harris has support of enough Democratic delegates to become party’s presidential nominee: AP survey
Vice President Kamala Harris has secured the support of enough Democratic delegates to become her party’s nominee against Donald Trump.
Rep. McCollum sees VP Harris atop ticket energizing women to back Democrats
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, who represents Minnesota’s 4th District, told Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer she’s willing to back Harris and favors Gov. Tim Walz for a running mate.