Metro counties contribute almost two-thirds of the money going into the the Legacy Fund set up by a constitutional amendment. But parks in those counties get far less than half of the Legacy grants. Debates to make the distribution more 'equitable' are contentious.
COVID-19 case rate drops in 75 of 87 Minnesota counties
Transmission levels are still high throughout Minnesota.
Man, 62, dies after his truck leaves road, hits tree
The Wisconsin man died after being airlifted to Regions Hospital.
Municipal liquor stores in 24 MN cities could be in jeopardy
These sites reported losses in two of the last three years, triggering a mandatory hearing.
2 Minnesota Wild players test positive for COVID-19
Both players will be unavailable Thursday night when the Wild face the expansion Kraken.
Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, October 28
The latest from the state.
Target reveals first Black Friday deals, available next week
There are some steep discounts to be had, even though Black Friday is nearly a month away.
'Dancing with the Stars: Live!' coming to Minnesota in February
The show's professional dancers will be at Mystic Lake.
WATCH: Video shows terrifying moment train derails in Fairmont
A large chunk of the track appears to come off just before the derailment.
Grocery store beer sales? MN House hears nearly 30 proposals to update liquor laws
Calls to change the state's liquor laws grew louder during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Headstones pushed over, smashed by vandals at cemetery in Alexandria
Police have released images of a vehicle they believe is connected to the case.
Twin Cities, outstate rift forms over Legacy amendment parks money
The Legacy Amendment created a fund for improvement of Minnesota parks but the state has reached no consensus on how the money should be divided. The formula was recently changed to direct more money away from the Twin Cities area. Now the Twin Cities think the formula is unfair, while some outstate communities think the changes did not go far enough.
Legacy Amendment money gives rise to dozens of far-ranging projects
Projects ranging from documenting the history of psychiatry in Minnesota to telling the story of the Cold War-era missile base in St. Bonifacius are getting thousands of dollars from the Legacy Amendment fund.
Legacy Amendment spending unaccounted for on public website
More than $100 million in Legacy Amendment funds are missing from state spending reports available to the public. The state is required to list where and how Legacy money is being spent. MPR News says the state leaves out specific details on its web site about which groups and projects received funding.
Some Republicans want to tap arts amendment money for Vikings stadium
MPR reports some Republican lawmakers want to use some of the state's Legacy funds to help build a new home for the Vikings. But critics say voters didn't approve the amendment to fund professional sports stadiums.
New citizens committee to help oversee Legacy Amendment spending
The committee will field concerns about how Legacy money is being spent. Parks and trails receive 14.25 percent of Legacy money generated from the three-eighths-cent sales tax increase approved by voters last election.
Northland priest quietly donates money to group against marriage amendment
Campaign finance records show Rev. Peter Lambert of St. Louis Catholic Church, about 45 miles west of Duluth, donated $1,000 about six months ago to Minnesotans United for All Families -- the primary group fighting the controversial ballot measure to essentially ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The News Tribune reports no other Minnesota priest in a recognized diocese has contributed to any group trying to defeat the constitutional amendment.
Legacy report: concerns over possible conflicts of interest, misuse of funds
The legislative auditor on Wednesday released the first in-depth review of the state's voter-approved Legacy Amendment, which bumped up a sales tax to help fund arts and outdoors projects across the state. The auditor's report says oversight is "generally adequate" but also made some specific recommendations for improvement.
Feds give Minnesota money to more quickly pull contaminated food
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants of $600,000 over three years will help the Minnesota Department of Agriculture more quickly remove any contaminated food or recalled products from grocery stores and other distribution points, the Associated Press reports.
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