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Mi Mexico opens quietly Monday
Growing Green: Last minute gifts for the constant gardener
MPCA seeking comments on upgrades at four Riverview facilities
Morris Area High School Tiger Beat 122014
St. Mary's Samplings 122014
Tigers back at .500 after win
Morris edged by Melrose
Melrose tops Tigers
Hot start by VCSU overwhelms Cougars
UMM goes cold in loss
Harlan L. Swenson
Echo Press: Watch out for scammers posing as tech experts
Colleen Landkamer: Getting covered is good for rural Minnesota families
Letter: Shutting down chimes is bowing to the minority
Letter: Constant din of cemetery chimes must end
Letter: Some do not like the cemetery chimes
Area Student Accomplishments 122014
Leah Donna Hopkins
Open Houses 121314
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Stevens County farmland value increases slowing
April 13, 2009
Budget problem 'sinking in slowly'
ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators are a month away from their deadline to send all tax and budget bills to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, but there is a doubt whether Minnesotans understand the state faces a serious budget problem. Assistant Senate Majority Leader Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud,...
April 13, 2009 - 5:17am
April 11, 2009
LaDuke, son talk to lawmakers on farm-to-school program
Gwekaanimad Gasco, a third grader at the Pine Point School, testified at the state capital on March 27. The state legislature is considering support for community based agriculture initiatives, local foods and farm to school programs in a bill sponsored by Karen Clark and forwarded...
news / farm / USDA
April 11, 2009 - 4:05am
April 8, 2009
Senate approves education cut
ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators voted to chop public school budgets $273 per pupil Tuesday while opting to expand a program that pays teachers based on performance instead of seniority. Those on the winning side of the 37-29 vote were not happy to be cutting schools, but said a massive...
April 8, 2009 - 3:27pm
April 6, 2009
Bill would close state fish hatcheries
ST. PAUL - Lawmakers are considering closing Minnesota's two state-run walleye and muskie fish hatcheries. Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, brought the bill, saying private business grows walleye fingerlings 37 percent cheaper than the Department of Natural Resources and can produce...
April 6, 2009 - 8:35am
April 4, 2009
Lawmakers consider new way to redistrict
ST. PAUL - A prominent Minnesota senator proposes what he calls a clear and efficient process to redrawing legislative and congressional district lines. Senate Majority Leader Lawrence Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, suggests creating an advisory commission that would aid the Legislature...
April 4, 2009 - 4:55am
March 31, 2009
Property tax plan earns mixed response
ST. PAUL - Cities can accept a large property tax reform bill, counties don't know what to think about it and non-profit organizations love it. And its chief author is optimistic that he can convince Gov. Tim Pawlenty to accept at least part of the measure. The bill written by Rep....
March 31, 2009 - 11:05pm
BRIEFLY: Plan raises sales tax, not property tax
ST. PAUL - Counties would get new taxing authority, local levy limits disappear and some charitable organizations would be relieved of paying property taxes under a Democratic tax plan unveiled Monday. To make up for anticipated state aid reductions, the proposal allows counties...
March 31, 2009 - 10:23am
Lawmakers fight for flood prevention funds
ST. PAUL - Minnesotans are fighting flood waters along the Red River and elsewhere while their lawmakers are fighting about the cost of preventing...
March 31, 2009 - 10:04am
March 30, 2009
Westrom testifies in Senate committee
State Representative Torrey Westrom often discusses bills in legislative committees, but it usually occurs in Minnesota House committees. That...
March 30, 2009 - 8:51am
Green Acres headed for final vote
ST. PAUL - A balance between development and preserving farmland is due for a decision. Full House and Senate votes may come as early as Monday on a "Green Acres" provision that would allow land to remain in farms by keeping property taxes lower than if the land were used to residential...
March 30, 2009 - 8:48am
Medical marijuana bill gathers steam at the Capitol; Pawlenty has threatened veto
WILLMAR -- Dan Hartog doesn't look forward to the hassles that law enforcement officials predict will happen if the medical use of marijuana is legalized in Minnesota. "Who's overseeing it? What's the control on it?" wondered Hartog, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff. Jim Kulset, Willmar...
March 30, 2009 - 8:43am
March 25, 2009
State lawmakers proposing 3-into-1 county merger in central Minn.
ST. PAUL -- Three central Minnesota lawmakers are backing a measure to merge Stearns and Benton counties with a portion of Sherburne County. Lawmakers are expected to introduce a similar bill to the state House of Representatives. The bill, introduced Monday by Sen. Tarryl Clark,...
March 25, 2009 - 10:22am
March 23, 2009
Committee OKs sewer district to fold
ST. PAUL - A half-dozen years of fighting appears near an end for Douglas County's Central Lakes Region Sanitary District. A bill that got its...
March 23, 2009 - 11:56pm
Property tax chairman: Let counties raise sales, not property, tax
ST. PAUL - Minnesota counties should be able to raise the sales tax instead of property taxes to make up for state aid cuts, the two state House...
March 23, 2009 - 11:50pm
March 17, 2009
Rural lawmakers defeat school sharing, for now
ST. PAUL - Rural lawmakers afraid that local firms could lose business helped defeat a proposal to encourage school districts to work together. Senate Minority Leader David Senjem, R-Rochester, said he fears the bill could force schools to buy from someone other than local businesses....
March 17, 2009 - 10:00am