Public Policy

People took more than 85.8 million rides on public transit last year

More people are taking public transportation to get around the Twin Cities, Metro Transit said in a news release. People took more than 85.8 million rides on Metro Transit buses and trains last...

January 24, 2016

Is foot powder tax deductible? 10 'outrageous' tax claims from Minnesotans

Are expensive clothes tax deductible? How about a baby grand piano? Do gambling losses qualify as a charitable donation? The answer to those questions is, unsurprisingly, no. But these are some of...

January 22, 2016

Duluth officials propose new vacation rental rules – but not everyone is happy

There was some push back from Duluth’s home and business owners at a meeting Thursday to talk about new rules on vacation rental properties. The city last summer placed a moratorium on...

January 22, 2016

Bonding Will Be A Top Issue For The 2016 Legislature, So How Does It Work?

And what does "repelling invasions" have to do with it?

January 21, 2016

Hundreds of illegal hoverboards seized at Minnesota-Canada border

U.S. border patrol officials have seized thousands of dollars worth of illegal hoverboards at the Minnesota-Canadian border. The merchandise – 1,650 Smart Balance Hoverboard scooters and 90...

January 20, 2016

Steel

Is Steel Dumping The Real Culprit For What Ails The Iron Range?

And if foreign governments are cheating on steel prices, should the U.S. government step in to help support domestic steel producers?

January 12, 2016

Drinking water is less toxic than it used to be for some Twin Cities residents

Good news for those living in the eastern Twin Cities: Your drinking water is less toxic than it used to be. It’s been almost 12 years since it was discovered that drinking water sources in...

January 12, 2016

Walleye comeback on Leech Lake complete; killing of predatory birds credited

“Welcome back, walleye” might be an appropriate banner for resort owners on northwestern Minnesota’s Leech Lake. After a big drop in walleye numbers a decade ago, the population...

January 11, 2016

MN brought in $43M more than expected the past 2 months

Minnesota got $43 million more in taxes than officials thought it would get over the past two months. The Management and Budget office said Monday total general fund receipts (basically, how much...

January 11, 2016

St. Paul follows Minneapolis in limiting sale of flavored tobacco products

You’ll no longer be able to find fruit- and candy-flavored tobacco products at convenience stores in St. Paul. The city council voted unanimously Wednesday to restrict where these products...

January 07, 2016

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