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Dean Urdahl

Dec 9, 2015

Urdahl aims to make civics test a graduation requirement

The questions are the same ones the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services uses to test applicants for citizenship.

May 19, 2013

House passes K-12 funding bill

The bill will increase the basic funding formula to schools by $234 million, or 3 percent, which Marquart said would break down to more than $300 in new spending per student.

Apr 24, 2013

House passes $15.7B education finance bill

K-12 education finance bills that account for roughly 40 percent of the state’s general fund spending are moving through the House and Senate floors this week.

May 15, 2012

Despite challenge, Urdahl endorsement safe after Vikings vote

A move to reconsider and possibly rescind GOP Rep. Dean Urdahl's endorsement is unlikely to move forward after a local GOP board met Monday night.

May 14, 2012

Local GOPers consider Urdahl endorsement after Vikings vote

The local party hasn't decided whether to discuss the endorsement question, and the Meeker County GOP is set to meet to consider whether it will advise Senate District 18 officials to take up the challenge.

May 11, 2012

So long, adios, auf wiedersehen

After adjourning in the wee hours of Thursday morning, the Minnesota House of Representatives plunged ahead with the bittersweet biennial ritual of retirement speeches from departing members.

Apr 27, 2012

Meanwhile, outside the spotlight

While legislative leaders haggled in private regarding the 2012 session’s marquee legislation, rank-and-file legislators spent long hours on the floors of the House and Senate processing members’ pet bills.

Apr 26, 2012

LIFO, Legacy measures clear House

Legislation that would prohibit school districts from making layoff decisions based solely on seniority cleared the House on a 70-61 vote on Thursday evening.

Apr 20, 2012

Global deal or no, some bills are moving late in session

With momentum building to finish off the 2012 legislative session, the House and Senate spent hours on the floor last week debating bills.

Apr 18, 2012

Rep. Dean Urdahl faces wrath of stadium supporters (despite voting in favor of bill)

In Wednesday's Star Tribune, sports columnist Jim Souhan pilloried Rep. Dean Urdahl for purportedly helping to kill the Vikings stadium bill.

Apr 6, 2012

Bonding, tax bills face tough going ahead of a hoped-for late April adjournment

Since the start of the legislative session, Republican leaders have promised an early adjournment. But with legislators vacating the Capitol this week for spring break, significant work remains to be completed.

Mar 23, 2012

House, Senate differ on land parcel at heart of Lessard-Sams bill

The House and Senate appear to be heading for a conference committee battle over the marquee land-acquisition proposal in this year’s Legacy bill.

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