Public Policy

Bakk surprised by rift with Dayton over pay raise delay, but won't get 'personal'

Relations between Minnesota’s top two Democrats remain strained following a public falling out over commissioner pay raises, with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk saying he was surprised at...

February 17, 2015

Gateway

New Gateway Project Recalls Early Efforts To Combat Downtown Blight

In 1915, the Minneapolis Park Board pioneered the use of urban renewal when it built Gateway Park, on a triangular two-block site that included the early City Hall.

February 12, 2015

After raises, will MN officials make more or less than those in nearby states?

You might have noticed, there’s been a lot of controversy about Gov. Mark Dayton’s decision to increase the pay of state commissioners by up to $35,000 a year. The governor received...

February 11, 2015

Hennepin County's new e-cigarette ban is more strict than state law

People will no longer be allowed to smoke e-cigarettes inside most public places in Hennepin County. The county board of commissioners voted 6-1 Tuesday to restrict the use of e-cigarettes in work...

February 11, 2015

GOP fights back after Dayton gives hefty pay raises to commissioners

Republican lawmakers in Minnesota are pushing back against Gov. Dayton’s decision to increase salaries for his cabinet members by up to $35,000 a year. Members of the House Ways and Means...

February 09, 2015

Park Board

Is The Minneapolis Park Board Guided By Lessons From The Past—Or Haunted By Its History?

Minneapolis Park Board's recent fight with the Met Council reveals a fear of not being sufficiently protective, even overprotective, of the city's park system.

February 09, 2015

Red Lake Band could get into marijuana, industrial hemp business

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa is the latest group looking into joining the marijuana business. Medical marijuana becomes legal in Minnesota this summer. The federal government ruled last year...

February 07, 2015

Minnesota could crack down on microbeads popping up in the Great Lakes

Minnesota could be the next state to crack down on plastic microbeads washing ashore and polluting the Great Lakes. The tiny beads are found in cosmetic products, including facial cleansers...

February 07, 2015

Minnesota lifts freeze on accepting TurboTax returns

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has begun accepting state tax returns filed through the popular tax preparation provider TurboTax as of 3 p.m. Saturday. The state had frozen TurboTax returns on...

February 07, 2015

Dayton vows to veto bill banning expansion of Minnesota Lottery

Governor Mark Dayton has threatened to repeat his veto of a bill banning the online expansion of the Minnesota Lottery. While marking the state lottery’s 25th anniversary, Dayton accused...

February 07, 2015

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