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LETTER: Stop the land grab
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EDITORIAL: End ban on Sunday liquor sales
LETTER: School board should reconsider
Minnesota lawmakers lobby on ag issues
Save the date: garden education opportunities available
Century Farm applications due by April 3
It's fruit tree pruning time
Corn and Soybean Growers to hold annual meeting
Lake businesses must take invasive species training
Ollie's Service named Dealer of the Year
Premiere Video closes its doors
REA holds district meeting
AAEDC leads initiatives for 2016 and into 2017
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On The Street
February 3, 2017
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
Bipartisan action on LGA
February 3, 2017 - 8:00am
January 15, 2016
Cities request: More state money, please
There is no surprise to what Greater Minnesota cities want from the next Legislature: more state money. It is an issue Greater Minnesota city officials, along with those from Minneapolis and St. Paul, have brought to legislators every year for more than a decade. State funds, paid...
January 15, 2016 - 12:00am
January 6, 2016
LETTER: Rep. Backer works hard for Greater Minnesota
To the editor: I would like to respond to the propaganda from State Representative Paul Marquart. Not only did he unnecessarily bash your local lawmaker, State Representative Jeff Backer, but he also managed to disgustingly distort the truth in hopes of scoring political points. In...
January 6, 2016 - 12:00am
November 20, 2015
Cities urged to fight for state aid
Local government aid (LGA) — the money the state gives to cities across the state — does not fund city halls. It funds people,...
November 20, 2015 - 12:00am
February 6, 2013
Small cities worry over state aid's future
ST. PAUL -- Cities would receive more state money next year if legislators approve Governor Mark Dayton's budget, but after that some could get smaller checks from the Capitol. Dayton proposes adding $80 million next year to the Local Government Aid (LGA) program that primarily helps...
February 6, 2013 - 12:00am
July 26, 2012
Mayors push for reform on property taxes, economic development, LGA
Citing rising property taxes, urgent economic development needs and the continued erosion of Local Government Aid funding, city officials from across Greater Minnesota pledged that their communities concerns need to be at top of the legislature's agenda in 2013. The city officials...
July 26, 2012 - 12:17pm
June 15, 2012
LGA payments contained in tax bill signed by Governor Dayton
Governor Dayton has signed a small tax bill that contained a provision Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, co-authored regarding local government aid (LGA) payments to the city of Hoffman.
June 15, 2012 - 12:00am
January 21, 2011
A $1 million pickle: Cities in area stand to lose $1 million in state cuts
Alexandria stands to lose $661,124 - 6.5 percent of its total budget - if the latest budget proposal from the Minnesota Legislature is enacted. House...
January 21, 2011 - 12:00am
December 27, 2010
A new Legislature: Mayors optimistic but worry deficit could hurt local aid
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura's finance commissioner once famously announced that the state had "a boatload of money." The big debate then was who got the most new money. Since then, state finance officials have looked under every financial cushion for all the spare change they...
December 27, 2010 - 11:45am
December 24, 2010
Commentary - LGA provides opportunity for bi-partisan cooperation
By Nancy Carroll, mayor of Park Rapids and president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) and Alan Oberloh, mayor of Worthington and CGMC vice president Reverberations from the November election are still echoing through the Capitol halls, with a Democrat taking over...
December 24, 2010 - 12:00am
August 22, 2010
Mayors: Next governor will determine future of Minnesota
Mayors from across greater Minnesota adjourned their annual summer conference Friday by declaring that the next governor will determine the fate of rural communities. Hibbing Mayor Rick Wolff, newly elected president of the Coalition of Greater MN Cities, which organized the conference,...
August 22, 2010 - 9:08am
July 4, 2010
CIty officials urged to get word out on budget
(A note from the Echo Press editor: This story from the Morris Tribune highlights comments made from a representative from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, Elizabeth Wefel, who made a similar presentation to the Alexandria City Council at its June 28 meeting.) Civic officials...
July 4, 2010 - 11:54am
May 9, 2010
LEGISLATIVE NOTEBOOK: Cities say cuts would hit police
ST. PAUL -- City leaders say they probably would have no choice other than to reduce police forces if Gov. Tim Pawlenty's latest budget-cut proposal is enacted. Democratic legislative leaders, however, say they have no intention of cutting the $176 million the GOP governor wants...
May 9, 2010 - 10:09am
April 28, 2010
Commentary - Ask candidates about LGA
By Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland and Alexandria Mayor Dan Ness After a long winter, baseball season is finally here, families are firing up their barbecues, and farmers are in the field. Summer isn't far away, and neither is the important decision of electing Minnesota's next governor....
April 28, 2010 - 12:00am
February 19, 2010
Cities, counties brace for cuts
If Governor Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal is approved, local governments would have to come up with some creative new ways of saving money. Alexandria...
February 19, 2010 - 12:05am