Public Policy

Budget surplus puts Dayton, Republicans on collision course over gas tax

Governor Mark Dayton and House Republicans are on collision course over the former’s proposed gas tax, in the wake of Minnesota reporting a $1.9 billion budget surplus Friday. Dayton...

February 28, 2015

Minnesota has a projected surplus of $1.9B – so what should we do with it?

Minnesota’s budget surplus, projected at about $1 billion just a few months ago, is actually nearly double that amount. The state’s Management and Budget Office said Friday the state...

February 27, 2015

Telecommute to your doctor's office? Bill would make insurance cover it

With doctors and patients making more use of “telemedicine,” some Minnesota lawmakers say insurance companies should be required to cover appointments that occur over a computer...

February 25, 2015

The Commons

From Soothing Respite To Furious Make-Out Spot, Design Ideas For Downtown 'Commons' Run The Gamut

The new park will come in two parts. An interim version will open in 2016, with the fully developed Downtown Commons debuting in late 2017

February 25, 2015

If you get a parking fine in Stillwater, you can pay it off by donating food

If you’re landed with a parking ticket in Stillwater next month, your bank balance won’t necessarily take a hit – but your pantry might. A new initiative running in the city throughout...

February 25, 2015

Minnesota Somalis unite to denounce Mall of America terror threat

Somali groups and leaders in Minnesota are uniting to condemn the recent al-Shabab video, which calls for an attack on the Mall of America – while also battling prejudices that may unfairly paint...

February 24, 2015

Bill would allow workers to refuse 'clopen' shifts, get schedule 3 weeks out

A new bill making its way through the state legislature would help assure hourly employees get a little more sleep between shifts. The proposal takes on “clopening,” a nickname for back...

February 23, 2015

Officials: No credible terrorist threat, but vigilance urged at Mall of America

If you visit the Mall of America to shop, eat, go on amusement park rides or catch a movie, you will likely note more uniformed officers on duty than usual. MPR News news reports that the...

February 23, 2015

Homeland Security head expands warning about terrorist threat at Mall of America

The Somali terror group al-Shabaab released a video online Saturday that appears to call for an attack on the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., representing the most specific threat ever...

February 21, 2015

Jobs, housing, high-speed Internet for outstate MN highlight DFL plan

For residents of small towns and rural areas in Minnesota it can be hard to find a job, hard to find training for the jobs that are available, hard to find a place to live, and even hard to get a...

February 18, 2015

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