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Brainerd Dispatch: Franken introduces worker protection proposal

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., helped introduce new legislation Wednesday intended to strengthen protections for workers who want to raise wages and improve workplace conditions.

The Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act, originally sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would amend the National Labor Relations Act with the intent of helping to ensure workers have a voice in the workplace, and would crack down on employers who break the law when workers exercise their basic right to collective action.

DL-Online – Sen. Franken launches project to record MN veterans’ memories

On Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced a new initiative to recruit Minnesota war veterans to take part in the national “Veterans History Project” to collect and preserve their personal accounts so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Star Tribune – Al Franken, Tammy Baldwin: Avoiding an oil train explosion shouldn’t be a matter of luck

As U.S. senators — one from Minnesota and one from Wisconsin — we have always understood how important railroads are to the economy in each of our states. Our businesses and farmers rely upon rail service as a reliable way to move their products to markets across the country and around the world.

St. Cloud Times: Resources strained, mental illness tightens its grasp

When St. Cloud police arrested Solomon Roundtree after his roommate was beaten and kicked to the brink of death, it wasn’t the first time he had been jailed for actions linked to his declining mental health.

And when he was committed as mentally ill as part of the subsequent criminal prosecution, that wasn’t the first time, either. It was another in a string of incidents that has seen him committed and released back into the community, only to be re-arrested, jailed and charged with a new crime.

Duluth News Tribune: Washington Post reporter visits nation’s ‘ugliest’ Red Lake County

As a journalist, it’s Christopher Ingraham’s job to ask questions.

But it was Red Lake County residents who had a few questions for him Thursday, namely: “What do you think of our county now?”

Ingraham is the Washington Post reporter who infamously wrote last week that a U.S. Department of Agriculture index ranked Red Lake County as the “absolute worst place to live in America,” based on its natural features.

The online backlash was immediate, with residents tweeting scenic photos of their home county. Even U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., got in on the criticism.

CNN – Al Franken: Why I support Iran deal

After careful review, I have decided that I will vote in support of the agreement the United States and our international partners reached with Iran last month.

It’s not a conclusion I came to lightly. Since the deal was announced, I’ve consulted with nuclear and sanctions experts inside and outside government; Obama administration officials, including Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz; ambassadors from the other countries that negotiated alongside us; advocates for Israel on both sides of the issue; my constituents in Minnesota; and, of course, my colleagues in the Senate.