Early voting begins in Minnesota

  Protesters call for an investigation into Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s office

Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren interviews President Trump

  Party leaders preview Minnesota campaign events

  Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery

  Officials explain the do’s and don’ts of campaign and lawn signs after Waseca residents experience theft

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  Hagedorn provides update on battle with cancer

  Party leaders preview swing state campaign events

  South Central College to recognize Constitution Day Thursday

  Independent investigation by U.S. Government Accountability Office raises concerns over MFP payments

Congressional campaign aides shot in Minneapolis, 1 dead

  Minnesota calls on Trump, Biden to follow virus guidelines

  Woman charged with assault following Trump rally

A person accused of spitting at multiple people at The Trump Rally in Mankato has been charged with a felony.

  How Minnesota compares to other swing states in the Midwest

Minnesota shares the swing state title with regional states such as Wisconsin and Ohio.

  EPA sides with farmers on ethanol, rejects refinery waivers

Members of Congress from farm states have heavily lobbied President Donald Trump to reject the waiver requests for months.

  Biden ahead of Trump in Minnesota in CBS News poll

Democratic nominee Joe Biden has a nine-point lead in Minnesota, which the president came close to winning in 2016.

USPS sends vote-by-mail postcard to households

Cruz urges Department of Justice to investigate Netflix film ‘Cuties’

  Democrats try to streamline mail balloting for their voters

  The Docket: everything you need to know before early voting starts Friday

Kansas City Chiefs fans boo teams during display of unity against racism, social injustice

Prosecutor looking into the origins of Russia probe resigns

Challenger to QAnon supporter bows out of race in Georgia

Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal bowed out of the race for “personal and family reasons."

  Walz signs executive order to extend COVID-19 peacetime emergency

The current peacetime emergency is now scheduled to expire on Oct. 12.

  City of North Mankato proposes 1.5% property tax cut for 2021

The City is also preparing its finances to be able to handle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Trump, Biden plan dueling visits to Minnesota next Friday

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will both bring their presidential campaigns to Minnesota on Friday of next week.

  President Trump to host event in Bemidji

Since his initial visit, the president’s campaign has had an active presence in the state by hosting a total of five events between Aug. 17 and Sept. 18, with Trump’s visit to Bemidji marking the sixth visit for the campaign.

  KEYC News Now to air 1st district congressional debate

The debate will feature incumbent Republican Representative Jim Hagedorn and Democratic challenger Dan Feehan.

Russian hackers targeting U.S. campaigns, Microsoft says

Most of the infiltration attempts by Russian, Chinese and Iranian agents were halted by Microsoft security software and the targets notified.

  Reynolds: Des Moines students must return to classroom

Reynolds on Thursday said the state’s largest district is alone in refusing to develop a plan for in-person instruction.

  Donald Trump Jr. visits Minnesota’s Iron Range

The president’s son rallied in Duluth on Wednesday on behalf of the Trump campaign.

  Judge may void thousands more Iowa absentee ballot requests

Trump’s campaign argues that county elections commissioners in Johnson, Linn and Woodbury acted improperly when they mailed absentee ballot request forms to voters with their personal information already filled in.

  Jill Biden visits Minnesota as part of ‘Back to School Tour'

The former Second Lady of the United States told the crowd that her husband already has a plan for helping schools reopen safely.

  Lawmakers push for childcare provider aid ahead of second relief package

Portions of the bill also include protections for those unable to afford childcare which could support families who opted distance learning during the school year.

House expected to vote on marijuana decriminalization bill in September

Congress is expected to vote on a bill this month that would federally decriminalize marijuana.

  The Docket: Gov. Walz must decide whether to extend peacetime emergency this week, Congress returns from break

Gov. Tim Walz must decide whether to extend the peacetime emergency this week.

  Trump, Biden campaigns targeting rural Minnesota voters

Our state hasn’t backed a GOP president since 1972, but in 2016, the president lost Minnesota by only 45,000 votes. While the Biden campaign says they’re confident they’ll hold Minnesota, both campaigns are focusing on rural voters.

  Kanye West qualifies for Iowa’s presidential ballot

West missed the filing deadline in Wisconsin, but has qualified in several other states, including Arkansas, Idaho, Tennessee and Utah.

  Four finalists identified in Mankato’s search for new city manager

In June, current City Manager Pat Hentges announced he will retire by the end of the year.

  Mayor promises police reforms following Daniel Prude’s death

The mayor of Rochester says reforms are coming to the police department as community elders seek to bring calmer minds to a fifth night of demonstrations over the the March death of Daniel Prude, who lost consciousness after police held a hood over his head.

  Veterans are divided about reports Trump disparaged military

Veterans and military families are divided about reports that President Donald Trump made disparaging comments toward the military.

  Trump campaign to return to Minn. next week; Jill Biden to also visit

The Trump campaign announced it will return to Minnesota once again next week.

‘Mighty Ducks’ actor to be included on Minnesota’s presidential ballot

The St. Louis Park native is running as an independent and is included on that ballot in 15 states so far.

Fired agency spokeswoman sues Iowa governor, top aide

Polly Carver-Kimm says she filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the state, Reynolds and Pat Garrett, a spokesman for the governor, because they violated Iowa’s whistle blower laws when she was forced out of her job in July.

  Protesters gather outside Pelosi’s California home after her salon visit

Hairstylists took to the street outside of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home Thursday.

  Early voting begins in two weeks

Early voting for the General Election starts soon in Minnesota on Sept. 18th.

  Smith, lawmakers pen letter to USDA over concerns of diverted funds

The lawmakers say that the decision to redirect funds originally appropriated for the program raises concerns.

  Dan Feehan hosts virtual round table

Participants included Rochester’s former chief of police, the mayor of Austin and a former assistant district attorney in Olmsted County.

  Trump campaign buys ad time in Minnesota as Sen. Kamala Harris makes virtual stop in latest efforts to win the state

Minnesota is considered a battleground state in this election cycle, with both campaigns aiming to win the state's vote.

  Munson plans to appeal judge’s dismissal of lawsuit against Walz

Munson says he plans on filing an appeal in the next few days.

2nd judge considers Trump motion to void Iowa absentee forms

One day after an Iowa judge voided 50,000 absentee ballot requests, a second judge says he’ll rule shortly on the Trump campaign’s motion to invalidate 14,000 more.

  Countdown to Election Day: what Minnesota looks like as a swing state

With the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention now behind us, both parties are counting down the days until Election Day, just 67 days away.

  Voting by mail? You have options

Minnesota is one of 34 states that normally allows absentee voting for any reason, but amid the pandemic, that number has grown to 41 states, plus Washington DC.

Judge voids 50,000 absentee ballot requests in Iowa county

Judge Ian Thornhill issued a temporary injunction that orders Linn County Auditor Joel Miller to contact those voters in writing to inform them that the forms should not have been pre-filled with their information and cannot be processed.

  Hagedorn responds to scrutiny from DFL regarding government-funded mail

Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s (MN-01) office responds to complaints from the DFL regarding his use of government-funded mail.

US officials: No signs of foreign targeting of mail-in vote

U.S. officials say they have no intelligence to suggest that foreign countries are working to undermine mail-in voting.

  Minnesota politicians react to Republican National Convention

It’s day three of the Republican National Convention.

  Senate Democrats unveil climate crisis plan

The plan aims to create at least 10 million new jobs with an aggressive transition from fossil fuels to solar and wind energy, as well as investing in electric vehicles and expanding public transportation.

  WHAT TO WATCH: Melania, Pompeo and Trump at GOP convention

First lady Melania Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are the featured speakers Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

  The Docket: Mankato building faces demolition, Iowa governor to speak at Republican National Convention

Demolition is possible for one Mankato building. Plus the Republican National Convention begins this week.

  Vice President Mike Pence to visit Minnesota Friday

The visit is part of an organized effort by the Trump campaign to flip the state, something that Republicans have been unable to do since President Richard Nixon’s victory in 1972.

  Churches, businesses file another lawsuit challenging masks

The lawsuit argues the mandate is unconstitutional, conflicts with state laws and imposes an undue burden on businesses.

  Local delegates reflect on Democratic National Convention

All week, delegates have been participating in virtual caucuses.

Trump wants Supreme Court’s OK to block critics on Twitter

A federal appeals court in New York ruled last year that Trump violated the First Amendment whenever he blocked a critic to silence a viewpoint.

  Women for Trump bus tour visits Mankato as Minn. remains a battleground state in 2020 election

Minnesota is quickly shaping up to become a battleground state in the 2020 presidential election and women voters are key in that race. President Donald Trump’s campaign continued its push in Mankato Wednesday with a Women for Trump statewide bus tour.

  USPS Postmaster to testify Friday as Congress considers relief funding

Facing lawsuits from over 20 states, DeJoy announced Tuesday he would suspend initiatives that critics say could disrupt mail-in ballots this upcoming election.

LeBron James, other Lakers wear altered MAGA hats in honor of Breonna Taylor

Instead of reading “Make America Great Again,” the hats had “Great Again” crossed out and said, “Make America arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

WHAT TO WATCH: Biden agenda and reviving Obama enthusiasm

Former President Barack Obama, who picked Biden as his running mate a dozen years ago, has top billing for the third night of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention.

A US WeChat ban could hurt many in America, not just China

For people in the U.S., WeChat has less functionality than it does in China. But it’s what connects immigrants and students from China to their pasts and to each other.

  Looking at the local economy since the pandemic began

The Mankato metro has actually gained 3,800 jobs throughout the pandemic, highest of any metropolitan area in the state.

  Kanye West files to be on Minnesota’s presidential ballot

West is trying to get on the ballot in several states on a ticket he calls the “Birthday Party.”

  Advocates promote state clean car standards

Sen. Nick Frentz and clean car advocates push for emission rules

  Trump promises storm recovery aid to Iowa homeowners

During a brief stop in Iowa on Tuesday, Trump attended a disaster recovery briefing at the airport in Cedar Rapids, which was hit hard by the Aug. 10 derecho that caused extensive damage to the state.

  Trump signs only a portion of Iowa’s disaster relief request

Trump has approved the public portion that helps clear debris and fix public buildings and utilities but has not yet approved the individual assistance portion covering damaged homes and farms.

  Trump becomes first president to visit Mankato in 16 years

The president was welcomed by a roaring crowd of about 500 supporters Monday afternoon, as well as several members of Minnesota’s Republican Party, including Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) and GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan.

  Trump’s visit stirs up the community

During his visit to Mankato on Monday, President Donald Trump took several shots at his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.

  Democrats respond to President Trump’s visit in Mankato

As southern Minnesota residents on both sides of the aisle made their voices heard in response to President Trump’s visit Monday, Minnesota DFL Chairman Ken Martin now responds to his visit.

  Trump signs Iowa disaster declaration, to visit Tuesday

Trump said Monday that Gov. Kim Reynolds asked him to declare an emergency on Sunday.

  Proposed effort could revive Mississippi’s rebel-themed flag

Organizers of a group called Let Mississippi Vote said they are starting an initiative to put the retired flag and three other flag designs on the statewide ballot.

  The Docket: public hearing for grazing ordinance Monday night

The ordinance targets the use of goats to control invasive vegetation.