Minnesota counties and cities want to be able to consolidate services without having to get state permission. Local officials say state mandates get in the way of cutting costs for health care, transportation, and public safety.
Foligno's OT winner gives Wild fans a happy Hockey Day
A slow start gave way to the Wild's fifth win in the past six games.
Winter weather advisory issued as Saturday snow arrives
Not huge totals expected, but any snow will likely impact travel.
Report: Ryan Poles is Vikings' 'top choice' for general manager
Poles was one of two finalists revealed on Friday.
Willis carries shorthanded Gophers to beat Rutgers
The senior scored a career-high 32 points to end a four-game losing streak.
Charges: St. Paul man had sexual contact 'multiple times' with 12-year-old girl
Marcus Steichen, 21, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Charges: Mom killed infant son just weeks after getting him back from foster care
The 10-month-old died in her care in Brooklyn Park last April.
Minnesota's 'frozen potato freeway' closure attracts plenty of comment
It was, let's face it, a very Minnesotan reason for a freeway closure.
U of M fraternity raises money for chef's knee surgery
The GoFundMe has raised around $1,700 of its $5,000 goal.
7 restaurant, bar groups sue Minneapolis over dining vaccine mandate
"Minneapolis bars and restaurants are being used as pawns..." the lawsuit said.
Woman fatally shot in St. Paul's North End neighborhood
It's the fourth homicide so far this year in St. Paul.
State officials worry as record number retire from government
Some officials worry the state government won't be able to replace the skills now walking out the door in record numbers. The director of the state's retirement system says it's a combination of an aging public sector workforce and incentives to retire early.
Number of state government jobs down 2 percent from year ago
New state data for the second quarter of 2012 has revealed that the state government has shed 863 positions -- more than two percent of its workforce -- from the same period a year ago. Among those affected the most are the Department of Transportation, which lost 298 positions, leaving a workforce of 4,686 people; and the Employment and Economic Development Agency, which shed 218 positions to leave 1,570 employees.
Minnesota seeks relief from 'No Child Left Behind' law
The waiver asks that the state be relieved of some of the law's provisions -- including the requirement that all students be proficient in English and math by 2014.
Minnesota utilities report mixed impact on rates from state's renewable energy mandates
Fourteen utility companies have submitted reports on the costs of complying with the state's call for more renewable energy. Of those, eight say it has had no impact or has actually saved customers a little money. Six say it has raised costs for their customers. The state wants a quarter of all electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025.
Bachmann picks wrong factory to slam government spending
Michele Bachmann slammed President Obama's spending policies at a manufacturing plant in Waterloo, Iowa. But the plant, OMJC Signal, gets about 80 percent of its revenue from government road and transportation projects.
State and local governments hope for windfall as taconite mines expand
The Duluth News Tribune says some taconite mines are running out of room and looking to expand, and much of the land ringing the mines belongs to the public, which could mean millions of dollars flowing to the state of Minnesota and St. Louis County.
Two themes in 2011: Higher property taxes, fewer jobs in local government
Minnesota Public Radio takes a look back at the year and finds two trends in how communities across the state are wrestling with budgets. Property taxes, which have been rising for more than a decade, continue to go up as local governments try to make up for losses in state aid. Many municipalities are also cutting into their own budgets and payrolls to find savings on the other end.
Bachmann fears government is on a path toward rationing childbirth
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was discussing the mandate for insurance coverage of contraceptives during an appearance on Glenn Beck's television network. She wonders if the administration's enthusiasm for cutting medical costs by reducing childbirth will one day lead to limits on the number of children per family.
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