ST. PAUL — Here’s what you need to know about Minnesota’s roads and bridges as the Legislature prepares to start another debate on how they are paid for: How many roads does our state have? Minnesota has more than 140,000 miles of public roads, the fifth-largest number of miles in the United States. If you count each lane separately — so each mile of a two-lane road has two lane miles and a mile of four-lane highway has four lane miles — the state has nearly 300,000 lane miles of roads.
ST. PAUL — DFLers won control of the Minnesota House of Representatives as election results rolled in Tuesday night, Nov. 6. Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt of Crown conceded defeat at 11 p.m., when he phoned House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman to congratulate her on winning a majority of seats. Hortman is expected to be elected the next speaker.
ST. PAUL—The chairs of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican parties rarely agree on anything, but on Monday, Feb. 5, the two leaders held a joint Capitol new conference to urge voters to go to their precinct caucuses on Tuesday night, Feb. 6. The caucuses are important, DFL Chairman Ken Martin and GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said, because they start the process of endorsing candidates for governor, U.S. senator, members of Congress and other state offices.