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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed an additional $19 million in special education funding for next year, as such expenses rise throughout the state. His plan would increase spending by $22 million the following year. Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said Thursday, April 12, that rising costs limit opportunities to all students, and create constraints on programs. The proposed $19 million increase, she said, would contain growth and provide some relief. “It will directly impact every student in those districts,” Cassellius said.
CHICAGO — Gas prices are rising with the national average at $2.68 per gallon of regular unleaded, the priciest since July 2015, according GasBuddy's figures Thursday morning, April 12. The crowd-sourced gas price compiler said the sudden surge can be blamed on oil prices surging to nearly $67 per barrel, the highest level since 2014, on fears of military action in Syria and trade conflict with China.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota vehicle registration, title and licensing computer system will remain in limbo at least through the weekend. An attempt by Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, for the full Senate to vote on a measure appropriating funds to continue fixing the troubled MNLARS system failed Thursday, March 15, when Republican leaders said negotiations on the issue will go through the weekend.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton delivers his final State of the State address Wednesday, March 14 , to a joint session of the Minnesota Legislature. In the speech, Dayton will outline policy items he wants lawmakers to accomplish before they adjourn on May 21 .
ST. PAUL – A federal indictment charges a former bookkeeper of the Farm Mercantile hardware store in Fairfax in south-central Minnesota with embezzling approximately $535,000. A grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging Theresa Ernestine Linsmeier, 58, with wire fraud and filing false tax returns.
ST. PAUL — The deadline for anglers to remove fish houses from lakes in Minnesota is approaching quickly, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Removal dates are determined by an east-west line formed by U.S. Highway 10, east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders often communicate with each other by letter or by talking to the media. But a week before the 2018 session is to begin, Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders from both parties will sit at the same table and answer the same questions.
FARGO — The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota urges fans to use every precaution possible to ensure Super Bowl tickets they buy are legitimate. Minneapolis is hosting Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles playing at U.S. Bank Stadium. With demand high and ticket prices for the big game starting around $3,500 before fees, the stakes are raised.
Football fans and the merely curious will watch the Sunday, Feb. 4 Super Bowl from Minneapolis, but most will have no idea that the game is only the best known part of a 10-day festival. Using the theme "Bold North," tourism officials and the National Football League have put together a collection of activities that range from celebrating all things winter to meeting NFL players. Many of the 30-plus events were designed for the Super Bowl, but ones like St. Paul's Winter Carnival were modified to fit with the Super Bowl's schedule.
You can stream the State of the State address by Gov. Doug Burgum from Minot State University at this link beginning at 10 a.m. Following Burgum's address, State Rep. Ron Guggisberg, District 11- Fargo will deliver the Democratic response via Facebook Live here .