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Soft lockdown lifted at West Central Area Secondary School
Law Enforcement Blotter: Wednesday, September 20
UPDATE: Driver identified in fatal motorcycle crash on I-94
Gravel pit ‘would ruin this little town’ neighbors say
Mediation to begin today over veto by Gov. Dayton
Sports schedule for Thursday, Sept. 21
Cross country: Chargers see progress in Melrose
Cross Country: WCA sets records and takes first in Melrose
Tennis: Lakers sweep Melrose, 7-0
Volleyball: Knights surrender to Frazee in three sets
Country Blossom Farm holds baking, eating contests
Community Education classes available
Events promote talking about suicide
Ecumen gives look at daytime senior care
New musicians invited to Open Mic Night
Don & Betty Kuelbs
Gary & Molly Buse
Gary & Molly Buse
DNR release: Optimistic about Saturday's duck opener
Posted, but done properly? Rules, prosecuting case can be complicated
Mike Frisch: Cover more water
A whirlwind of a win: Alexandria anglers take big payday in first pro tournament
DNR roadside survey: Pheasant index down 26 percent
Betty Ruth Berry
Sharon L. Thoennes
Barbara J. Lee
Letter: Confederate statues promote division
Letter: No right way to protest
Echo Press Editorial: A wake-up call about drunk driving
In the Know: Armor - an unfortunate necessity
Observations from the Archives: 1992: Minnesotans pitch in after Hurricane Andrew hits
Dairy council seeks candidates
Tomato tasting at the library
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
There's still time to plant veggies
Haying and grazing OK on some Conservation Reserve land
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Feds allow more time for comment on Internet access
Alexandria ReStore remains open, plans expansion
Glenwood resort receives Century Resort designation
Minnesota adds 7,700 jobs in July; unemployment rate unchanged
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April 12, 2013
How should state Legislature spend your tax dollars?
ST. PAUL -- Communities across Minnesota should pressure lawmakers to support a public works funding bill, its House sponsor says. "I think those local communities absolutely have a vested interest in this bill," Representative Alice Hausman, DFL-St.
April 12, 2013 - 12:00am
Bonding bill would help Rainbow Rider, Evansville
The Minnesota House bonding bill released this week (see above story) contains good news for those in the Douglas County region, according to...
April 12, 2013 - 12:00am
April 3, 2013
April is for budget; guns and marriage return in May
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature is famous for deciding major issues near the end of each year's session. Expect 2013 to be no different. So far, Governor Mark Dayton has signed just one major bill into law, and eight minor ones, out of 3,172 that the 201 lawmakers have in...
April 3, 2013 - 12:00am
March 13, 2013
Gay marriage issue should not be a priority, say rally goers
ST. PAUL -- Republicans call gay marriage a distraction from important duties legislators face, such as passing a state budget. On Thursday, Republican legislators packed a stage during a rally supporting traditional marriage between a man and a woman. About 1,000 people jammed...
March 13, 2013 - 12:00am
March 1, 2013
Gay marriage debate revisits Capitol
ST. PAUL - Those on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate use the same argument: It is about families. Both camps made their case Wednesday as Minnesota lawmakers released a proposal that would allow gay couples to wed. "We are affirming that thing that we all prize: Love...
March 1, 2013 - 12:00am
February 28, 2013
State deficit at $627 million
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's projected budget deficit for the next two years is lower than expected at $627 million, the Minnesota Management and Budget reported this morning. Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton will use this information to set the state's budget over the next three months....
February 28, 2013 - 9:39am
February 25, 2013
Ingebrigtsen: Governor's tax bill introduced
Editor's note: The following is a weekly summary from State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, about his work at the Legislature. Governor's Budget Nearly a month after the Governor's budget plan was rolled out, the Senate finally saw the introduction of the governor's...
February 25, 2013 - 9:29am
February 19, 2013
Younger children featured in budget plan
ST. PAUL -- Adding money to early childhood education and all-day kindergarten programs, as Gov. Mark Dayton suggests, is important to Minnesota's future, the state House education finance leader says. "Those two programs really pay dividends into the future," Rep. Paul Marquart,...
February 19, 2013 - 10:39am
February 18, 2013
Bigger deficit? Tax impacts? State budget questions abound
ST. PAUL -- Federal tax law changes could lead to a deeper Minnesota budget deficit, the state Senate leader says, one of several uncertainties about the state budget. The possibility of a growing state deficit and ambiguity about what is happening in Washington raise questions about...
February 18, 2013 - 9:55am
February 17, 2013
Group seeks laws to protect kids from toxic chemicals in toys
Healthy Legacy, a Minnesota-based public health coalition, recently announced its intent to pursue legislation that will protect children from toxic chemicals in consumer products. The legislative package, which contains three bills, seeks to eliminate toxic chemicals from products...
February 17, 2013 - 2:27pm
February 5, 2013
Legislative Notebook: Bill advances to save Minnesota taxpayers' money this year
ST. PAUL -- As many as 192,000 Minnesotans would benefit if state legislators quickly pass a bill matching state tax law with federal law, the state House Taxes Committee chairwoman says. If that does not happen, Rep. Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, told fellow lawmakers Monday:...
February 5, 2013 - 8:57am
February 4, 2013
Capitol Chatter: Debates continue over Dayton budget impact
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal continues to play out in interesting ways, usually with Republicans strongly opposed and Democrats more mildly in support. Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, told a top Dayton official that the budget, especially the tax increase portions,...
February 4, 2013 - 7:18am
January 29, 2013
Legislative notebook: Bill would raise 'little cigar' tax
ST. PAUL -- Some Minnesota legislators want to raise the tax on "little cigars," saying the products cost less than cigarettes and they can be flavored as a way to attract children. Sens. Kari Dziedzic, DFL-Minneapolis, and Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, said little cigars basically...
January 29, 2013 - 6:00am
January 22, 2013
Dayton mixes tax increases and cuts in budget plan
ST. PAUL -- Governor Mark Dayton says taxes on average Minnesotans would not increase under the budget proposal he released at mid-day. The plan includes a mixture of tax increases and decreases and it would spend more on education and jobs programs.
January 22, 2013 - 2:09pm
Dayton calls for tax changes, more spending
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans would pay taxes on clothing worth more than $100, rich Minnesotans' income tax would increase and property taxes would fall under a proposal released by Gov. Mark Dayton at mid-day. The Democratic governor proposes tax increases more than $2 billion, to be...
January 22, 2013 - 11:11am