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Park High School's memorial to Dave Frigaard came in art, words
South Washington County Schools wins bid to buy Valley Crossing Community School
Nursing institute moving into Cottage Grove's BEC
Cottage Grove day care kids to receive congressional award
Relay For Life event: Coaches vs. Cancer Jan. 30
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Park Wrestling: Individuals shine amid team struggles
Seahawks "LOB" leads second Lombardi chase
New Life Boys Basketball: Strong second half lifts Eagles past Trinity
East Ridge Boys Basketball: Raptors honor Ellingson, thrash Forest Lake
Gymnastics: East Ridge flexes muscle in win over Woodbury
St. Paul Park celebrates annual sledding day
The healing powers of art: Cancer survivors' work part of Woodwinds sculpture
Two local art events planned in Cottage Grove
Reeling in the 'Minnesota experience' during Cottage Grove's ice fishing outing
Birds of a feather: Carpenter Nature Center volunteers track avian population
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Lori L. Battcher, 53
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Mark F. Mulvihill, 66
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Letter to the editor: Auxiliary’s generous donation will help veterans home
Viewpoint: 2015-16 budget planning leads to need for reduction
Viewpoint: McNaughton rules outline insanity defense
Letter to the editor: Wake up and face realities in District 833
Letter to the editor: Integrity of school district must be restored
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June 29, 2011
Judge keeps some executive branch work open in shutdown
ST. PAUL -- State troopers and prison guards will remain on duty, and most state-funded health-care programs will continue during a state shutdown, but parks and most state child-care programs would close. Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin of Ramsey County District Court Wednesday ordered...
June 29, 2011 - 11:20am
Last chance budget negotiations begin in silence
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders sequestered themselves this morning for what was described as a final run at making a budget deal to avoid a Friday government shutdown. On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said that today is the last chance for action...
June 29, 2011 - 9:28am
June 28, 2011
Shutdown Notebook: Blame impasse on rookies
ST. PAUL -- Nearly everyone involved in budget negotiations is new to the process, providing a key reason why the budget impasse is going down to the wire. "Each of the leaders in this struggle is new," former Rep. Phil Krinkie said. "Dayton is a first-time governor with little or...
June 28, 2011 - 4:26pm
Court rules courts will stay open in shutdown
June 28, 2011 - 4:10pm
Three days to shutdown: secret talks and public sparring
ST. PAUL -- Three days remain before a potential state government shutdown and negotiators still are saying little about budget talks while their aides are arguing about whether letters are political. Gov.
June 28, 2011 - 10:27am
June 27, 2011
Ex-judge hears case for keeping courts open
ST. PAUL -- A retired judge is considering whether the courts should stay open during a government shutdown that could begin Friday. It was one of several Monday developments as legislative leaders and the governor try to negotiate a budget. Also Monday, cities prepared to go to...
June 27, 2011 - 5:14pm
Minnesota budget talks back on
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota budget negotiations are back on today, with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders planning a mid-afternoon gathering in a Senate meeting room. The Senate announced the meeting late this morning, but there was no word about why Sunday's...
June 27, 2011 - 12:29pm
Shutdown looming, budget talks mysteriously break off
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota budget talks mysteriously ended Sunday afternoon, and negotiators refused to say why they broke off as the state faces a potential Friday government shutdown. "Until we have come to completion on the budget" those involved will not talk, House Speaker Kurt Zellers,...
June 27, 2011 - 10:34am
June 24, 2011
Marathon state budget talks begin
ST. PAUL -- House Speaker Kurt Zellers cheerily welcomed the governor and other legislative leaders to his office Friday morning as two days of intensive budget talks began a week before state government could shut down if they are not successful. Neither Democratic Gov.
June 24, 2011 - 10:04am
Judge reluctant to make shutdown spending decisions
ST. PAUL -- The courts are not equipped to make state spending decisions, a judge said on Thursday while hearing testimony asking her to do just that if July 1 arrives without a budget in place. "The courts have been drug into this," Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin of Ramsey County said....
June 24, 2011 - 7:59am
June 23, 2011
Judge hears shutdown funding arguments
ST. PAUL -- A judge left no doubt Thursday that if she allows the state to spend money without a budget, the authority will be limited and only granted because she has no other choice. Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin of Ramsey County also took time to lecture the governor and lawmakers...
June 23, 2011 - 4:14pm
June 22, 2011
Dayton, GOP plan lock-in to negotiate budget
June 22, 2011 - 3:45pm
Dayton, GOP give up nothing, blame each other for shutdown
ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders today blamed each other for a likely government shutdown on July 1. The governor said a Republican budget lawmakers passed would throw 140,000 Minnesotans of state-funded health-care programs, take away $370...
June 22, 2011 - 12:04pm
June 17, 2011
Dayton declares budget talks at impasse
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's budget talks are at an impasse and two weeks before a potential state government shutdown Gov. Mark Dayton said he does not know how the problem can be resolved. Republican legislative leaders Thursday gave Dayton a proposal that removed $200 million in tax...
June 17, 2011 - 12:51pm
June 15, 2011
Dayton seeks some continued services, budget mediation
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants courts to order mediation to solve the state budget impasse and if that does not work asked that what he considers critical state programs be allowed to continue operation even without a budget. Dayton today filed paperwork in Ramsey County District...
June 15, 2011 - 9:42am