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 that is the center of everything," bill author Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis said, adding the bill is "changing nothing, redefining nothing." Opponents said marriage is about more than two people's decisions and legalizing same-sex marriage will have widespread impacts. "When marriage is redefined ...
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- At 65 pounds and a mop of hair, 7-year-old Clancy sleeps at the end of his master's bed every night "He smells really well but doesn't see very well because he has so much hair that goes right over his eyes," laughed Agnes Larson, the woman who has been the soft-coated wheaten terrier's whole world since he was an 11-week-old puppy. "He's a big pushover, a baby," said Larson, who admittedly spoils him.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's financial picture is improving, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed in his Wednesday night State of the State address, but policies in the last decade have hampered progress. His solution? Approve the $38 billion two-year budget he proposed two weeks ago that includes more than $3 billion in higher taxes on the rich and a reworked sales tax. "My proposals have already aroused considerable controversy," Dayton said. "Such debate is healthy in our democracy. The genius of our system of governance is that no one gets to have it all her or his way.
The things I miss most in mid-winter are fresh herbs and veggies from my garden. Although I still have canned and frozen produce, there's nothing quite like fresh culinary herbs added to your recipes direct from the plant. Herbs are an easy indoor plant to start from seed and can be a wonderful family project on these cold winter days. Start with a sterile pot: clean yogurt cartons, clay pots, egg cartons, or any vessel that suits your fancy. If your container doesn't have adequate drainage, punch a few small holes in the bottom. Add a good basic potting mix.
MINNEAPOLIS - President Barack Obama says citizens must make their opinions heard on gun violence issues for change to be possible, and Monday he had the support of at least one member of an audience of law enforcement officials, lawmakers and local leaders on that point. "We need to do our duties and have a voice in the discussion and be at the table," Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said. It was a sentiment Obama emphasized in his speech to more than 200 people who filled a gymnasium in the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center. "We don't have to agree on everything
ST. PAUL - Governor Mark Dayton said tax changes he proposed Tuesday would not cost middle-class Minnesotans more money. Dayton said his state budget and tax reform plan is a starting point for conversation as the Minnesota Legislature works to set a two-year budget by May 20. While he highlighted key proposals, questions remain. Dayton's plan, which would bring in $2 billion in new revenue over two years, would reduce the sales tax rate from 6.875 percent to 5.5 percent in a year but expand what is taxed to include most services, such as haircuts and auto repairs.
Now that the busyness of the holidays is behind us and the New Year is under way, it's time to start planning for this year's garden. Before selecting seeds, perennials and annuals to include in your ornamental or vegetable bed, why not assess the state of your garden tools and decide on a few new ones to add to your repertoire. Following is a list of tools I can't live without. Shovels: Pointy shovels, flat shovels, long narrow shovels, garden trowels of all sizes and shapes. Make sure the handle length is good for you and that the grip fits your hand.