September 14, 2020

As quiet as the halls of the Capitol, the fourth special session of 2020 quietly made history. The fourth special session was much like the past three special sessions. The House voted to uphold Gov. Tim Walz’s emergency powers and the Senate voted to revoke the Gov’s...

September 10, 2020

My father, Pfc. C. J. Olmscheid, was a member of the Army 82nd Airborne 325th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR) Company F. He served in North Africa, Sicily, and glided in behind German lines on D-day. The 82nd fought for 33 days in Normandy and received for it actions of...

August 31, 2020

The 109th annual MSF Fine Arts Exhibition will go down as a one-of-a-kind art show because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This year’s show can be viewed by taking a video tour or by limited in-person viewing.  Social distancing and masks are required for entry and attendan...

August 19, 2020

Signs taped to the doors of the Capitol tell anyone going inside the building that wearing a mask is required. The building still hasn’t opened for public tours. But the art of the Capitol has taken on a new look in the spirit of Mask Up Minnesota.

August 16, 2020

Speaker Melissa Hortman gaveled the House to order for the third special session of 2020. The special session was necessary to extend Gov. Tim Walz’s executive emergency powers related to the Covid-19 pandemic. After three tries the Senate failed again to take away Gov...

July 21, 2020

Work is getting done on the outside of the Capitol by a workman while inside the Capitol legislators passed two resolutions but no one really knows what progress is being made on bonding, taxes and police accountability. A police accountability package may be the close...

July 15, 2020

Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, left, and Rep. Tim O’Driscoll, right, enter the House Chamber for the second special session of 2020. Gov. Tim Walz called the special session to have the peacetime emergency extended for another thirty days. During this special session the...

June 23, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz calls the special session to have his peacetime emergency extended by the legislature. This would also give the House and Senate the opportunity to agree on three major issues. These issues are a COVID-19 local relief package, police reform and accountabi...

June 16, 2020

Secure fencing remained around the Capitol after the largest call up of the National Guard since WWII to protect the building. The death of George Floyd sparked several nights of riots and looting in parts of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Peaceful demonstrators had filled...

June 11, 2020

 Columbus Statue Ripped Down By Protesters A Day Earlier

Doug Shiedel, top, watches from the perch where Christopher Columbus once stood as Andrew Schultz, left and Ludger Dekarski, right, of the Dept. of Administration Trades Shop, remove the plaque from the Columbus M...

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