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Three locations in Minnesota are among the potential new headquarters for the USDA. (Ken Hammond/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Criticism is growing over a Trump administration proposal to reorganize the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has proposed moving two USDA agencies - the Economic Research Service and National Institute for Food and Agriculture - out of Washin

Unless the Minnesota Legislature acts, the health-care provider tax that funds the state's Health Care Access Fund will expire at the end of December. (McGhiever/Wikipedia)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two huge, nonpartisan health advocacy nonprofits are coming out in favor of making Minnesota's provider tax permanent to protect the state's popular Health Care Access Fund. The American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society are joining the state's hospitals in

Advocates of equality in health care services are calling on the U.S. Congress to protect Medicare Part D from changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (aradvocates.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – From coast to coast, people who rely on Medicare Part D could be left without their medications if a proposal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is adopted. Medicare Part D is a federal program that subsidizes prescription drug costs for 45 million seniors an

As brick-and-mortar grocery stores disappear in many places across Minnesota, mobile food shelves help the one in 11 state households affected by hunger. (hungersolutions.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates for reducing hunger in Minnesota will tell legislators Thursday that additional policies and funding are necessary to relieve food insecurity and hunger across the state. It's Hunger Day on the Hill, held annually to acknowledge that not all Minnesotans have the s

According to the American Heart Association, cardiopulmonary resuscitation can double or triple the chance of surviving cardiac arrest. (HansMartinPaul/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Advocates will gather at the Capitol in St. Paul today to support Telephone CPR bills in the Legislature. The bills would help ensure 911 operators are trained to talk callers through potentially life-saving actions. Sen. Dan Hall, R-Burnsville, is sponsoring the version in

A bill in the Minnesota Legislature would create a paid-leave insurance policy to cover a portion of wages while workers care for sick family members or new additions to the family. Pictured: MAPE member Miguel Lindgren with his wife Monica and daughter Camila. (MAPE)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As Minnesota lawmakers consider a proposal to provide all employees with paid family leave, workers who already have paid parental-leave benefits are speaking out. Miguel Lindgren and his wife were both adopted into Minnesota families, and have decided to grow their family

Workloads for Minnesota's state public defenders are too high and affect their ability to represent clients, according to a 2010 report from the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. (AJEL/Pixabay)

By Filiberto Nolasco Gomez / Broadcast version by Roz Brown Reporting for the Workday Minnesota-Minnesota News Connection Collaboration MINNEAPOLIS – Amy Kantorowicz is an investigator in the public defender's office. Her job varies and can include interviewing witnesses, filing Data Practic

State and county workers in Minnesota are working hard to make sure the state's 500,000 low-income people receive their February food stamp benefits early, despite a partial federal government shutdown.(Twenty20)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As the partial federal government shutdown drags on, the United States Department of Agriculture will pay February's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds starting in late January rather than on the regular schedule. Colleen Moriarty, executive director with Hunge

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