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Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney says President Trump is not a White supremacist. Also on the rundown: Records show that Connecticut has been helping ICE agents. Plus, some farmers are convinced year-round ethanol would be a boost.

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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

Federal law allows 60 percent of the U.S. workforce to take unpaid time off to care for a sick family member or new child, but many workers in rural communities canít afford to skip a paycheck.(Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U. of Minn.)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As legislators at the Minnesota State Capitol debate a paid family and medical leave policy, a new report from the University of Minnesota says the state's rural residents face the greatest need for this type of benefit. Report author Debra Fitzpatrick says multiple trends

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

More than 5,000 organizations benefit from Give to the Max Day each year in Minnesota. (Heather Pague/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — People from across the state, the country and the globe are expected to open their wallets tomorrow to help support a variety of Minnesota causes. "Give to the Max Day" begins at midnight, and for 24 hours, folks are encouraged to show their generosity and donate to nonprofit

About 500,000 people, including many students from Minnesota, participated in Saturday's March For Our Lives. (Vuvanhahung/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates for tougher gun control made their voices heard loud and clear this weekend when tens of thousands gathered across Minnesota as part of nationwide protests. The March For Our Lives has been spearheaded by young people sparked into action by February's shooting at

AR-15s were used in mass shootings in Newtown, San Bernardino, Las Vegas and Parkland. (Jonathan James/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota legislative session is beginning with an emphasis on gun control. The mass shooting at a high school in Florida brought hundreds to the State Capitol for a rally on Tuesday, and another demonstration is planned for Thursday afternoon. The rally is set to follo

The Good Food Access Program helps Minnesota grocery stores, coops and mobile food purveyors get healthy foods to communities that need more of them. (American Heart Association)

STAPLES, Minn. — The name says it all: the Good Food Access Program helps small food retailers reach people in parts of the state with limited access to healthy and affordable foods. The retailers can be mom-and-pop grocery stores, food co-ops or mobile kitchens. Innovation is part of the pl

Eric Sannerud (right) and his partner Ben Boo are among the first and biggest hops farmers in Minnesota. (Mighty Axe Farms)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Community food systems are a growing trend in Minnesota - farmers markets are just one example. Erin McKee with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy runs a program that helps schools and day care centers buy from local farmers. She'd like to expand the system, but

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