The Pioneer Press says Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers told the director of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources she was being let go so the commission could go in a different direction. DFLers are shocked and say the commission itself had no complaints and should have sole authority to make firing decisions. The commission helps direct lottery proceeds to environmental and natural resources projects.
The Raptor Center says downward trend holding for avian influenza
A "baby shower" fundraising campaign hopes to help return young raptors to the wild.
Commemorative street name for Prince approved in Minneapolis
The block next to the First Avenue nightclub will be named Prince Rogers Nelson Way.
Monitoring severe storm threat Saturday-Tuesday in Minnesota
The holiday weekend won't be a washout, but multiple rounds of strong and severe storms are possible.
Charges: St. Cloud meth dealer had numerous weapons. body armor
Shawn Lawrence Jacobs, 38, faces 12 felony-level charges.
South Minneapolis tenants declare rent strike; allege unsafe conditions
A group of Powderhorn Park residents say they'll withhold May rent due to health and safety concerns.
Threats involving 2 students at West St. Paul middle school
Police said there is no reason to be concerned for the safety of the rest of the student body at Heritage E-Stem Magnet Middle School.
Controversial Two Harbors mayor told: Resign or face recall election
The mayor has come under scrutiny for unusual behavior this year.
3M fined $2.8M for hazardous waste violations in Cottage Grove
The company's violations spanned more than two decades.
Couple charged after $75k worth of fentanyl pills seized during traffic stop
Christopher James Payne and Kaley Maria Wethern have been charged in the seizure.
Appeal to find man, 30, missing near Mille Lacs Lake since early April
Mille Lacs Band Tribal Police issued the appeal.
Lawyer says lawmakers change mind about firing head of state commission
Her lawyer says Susan Thornton will keep her job leading the panel that assigns lottery proceeds to Minnesota environmental projects. Thornton was fired last week with no notice and no specific reason given. A letter from lawmakers apparently rescinds that decision.
State review raises questions about online learning
The report found full-time online students made less progress on standardized state math tests than students in traditional schools. It also found that one in four full-time online students dropped out of school.
Three state agencies face age-discrimination suits
The Commerce, Public Safety and Natural Resources departments are all facing similar lawsuits over union contracts that award benefits to early retirees but not to older workers.
State farmers urged by DNR to take fire precautions
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning farmers across the state to take precautions as they begin the fall harvest of their crops because the dry conditions could present fire hazards. The DNR says fires can be sparked by equipment in dry fields, so they urge farmers to prep their machinery to avoid overheating and sparks.
State's low-profile test of online lottery sales is raising eyebrows
Private online gambling is illegal in Minnesota, but the state lottery has been experimenting with an online "subscription service" to make up for a decline in traditional ticket sales. Now some critics are wondering whether the state is overstepping its authority.
State campaign finance director doubts U.S. court ruling will affect MN
Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling struck down Montana's ban on corporate money in politics. Minnesota's campaign finance director says changes the Legislature made after 2010's landmark court case mean this week's ruling should have little impact here.
State legislators want special hearing into paroles of 2 convicted killers
GOP leaders sent a request to Gov. Dayton Friday asking for more information on the recent paroles of two convicted murderers. Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers wants a legislative hearing to review the two paroles of Timothy Eling -convicted of a 1982 cop killing- and John Scruggs- believed to have ordered the execution of a teenage girl.
Some Minnesota ballot question donors face state regulation
The Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board says in some circumstances, groups funded by private donations that take sides on ballot measures -- like next year's marriage amendment -- will have to report the exact source of those donations with the state.
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