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New Life Academy boys basketball: Eagles tabbed fourth seed, face Community of Peace in playoffs
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Carpenter Nature Center hosts 'Masters of the Sky'
'Kumiko' film with south Washington County scenes expected to be shown in Twin Cities this year
Cottage Grove woman featured in National Geographic photo
Cottage Grove Park grad to star in Disney On Ice
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April 19, 2013
Fees in ag budget worry McNamara, Republicans
ST. PAUL - Republican lawmakers said an environment and agriculture budget bill the House approved 69-61 Thursday is loaded with too-high fees and wasteful spending. "This agriculture and environment finance proposal is loaded with staggering fee increases that will impact hardworking...
April 19, 2013 - 8:28am
April 17, 2013
Senate approves legislative, officials' pay raises
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators voted themselves and other state officials pay raises Tuesday with no debate. The only mention of the raises, part of a larger bill funding several state agencies, in the Senate came when bill sponsor Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, quickly described...
April 17, 2013 - 8:29am
April 15, 2013
South Washington County Schools expands options for Crosswinds building
South Washington County Schools is expanding its list of possible uses for the Crosswinds school building even as its chances of acquiring it might be slimming. A committee exploring how the district could use the Crosswinds Arts and Science School if acquired from the East Metro...
education / politics
April 15, 2013 - 4:46pm
April 11, 2013
U-Fairview talks off as lawmakers still want Minnesota hospital ownership
April 11, 2013 - 10:17am
April 9, 2013
Schoen among lawmakers seeking hospital acquisition moratorium
ST. PAUL -- Two Minnesota lawmakers are offering legislation to prevent Sanford Health from controlling University of Minnesota hospitals. Sanford, headquartered in South Dakota and North Dakota, is looking at taking over Fairview Health Services, which operates the university hospital...
April 9, 2013 - 10:27am
April 5, 2013
Study finds no Minnesota Asian carp colonies
ST. PAUL -- New tests showing Asian carp likely are not colonizing Minnesota waters should not slow efforts to stop the invasive fish, experts say. "The results certainly don't say we should be doing anything different than we are right now," said Steve Hirsch of the Department of...
April 5, 2013 - 8:19am
April 4, 2013
McNamara backs civil union alternative to same-sex marriage
One south Washington County-area Republican legislator supports civil unions as a step short of full marriage for gay couples, but a prominent local former GOP lawmaker said that doesn't go far enough. Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, joined a handful of other GOP House members and...
April 4, 2013 - 8:46am
April 3, 2013
Legislature: 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, Gov. Mark Dayton has signed just one major bill into law, and eight minor ones, out of 3,172 that the 201 lawmakers have introduced....
April 3, 2013 - 10:38am
April 2, 2013
Lawmakers question future of Crosswinds school in Woodbury
Two Twin Cities schools' future rests in legislators' hands. A East Metro Integration District board governing Crosswinds school in Woodbury and Harambee in Maplewood decided to give away the facilities, but Minnesota Management and Budget has ruled that the only thing it can do...
education / politics
April 2, 2013 - 10:15pm
March 22, 2013
House committee sends gun bill to full House
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House will debate guns. The House public safety committee passed a watered-down gun regulation bill on a 10-8 vote Thursday night, with the House floor the next stop for the controversial issue. The bill contains several noncontroversial provisions to keep...
March 22, 2013 - 8:45am
March 20, 2013
MNsure to be where Minnesotans buy health insurance online
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans will be able to shop for health insurance through a state marketplace beginning Oct. 1, but may not see savings for a couple of years. Minutes after Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday signed a bill into law establishing the marketplace, to be known as MNsure, he said...
March 20, 2013 - 2:09pm
New House deal expands firearms background checks only to gun shows
ST. PAUL -- Gun control backers have given up controversial proposals in an effort to pass some measures aimed at curbing gun violence in Minnesota. The House Public Safety Committee chairman dropped a plan to expand background checks to virtually all gun sales that was set for a...
March 20, 2013 - 1:32pm
House DFL budget plan would tax surcharge on rich
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota schools would be the biggest beneficiaries of a state House Democratic budget proposal that goes beyond the governor's plan to increase taxes on the rich. Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, unveiled a budget outline Tuesday that accepts Democratic...
March 20, 2013 - 9:05am
March 12, 2013
Same-sex marriage moves to full Senate
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota Senate committee voted 5-3 today to move forward with a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. "This is about family," bill author Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said. "We are not redefining anything." The Judiciary Committee sent...
March 12, 2013 - 3:37pm
Schoen tapped for health insurance exchange conference committee
Freshman state Rep. Dan Schoen is serving on a panel assigned with hammering out a compromise plan for a new health insurance exchange for Minnesota. Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, is one of 10 members of a House-Senate conference committee that is trying to reconcile the two chambers'...
government / politics
March 12, 2013 - 10:24am