The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Stillwater Area Schools are looking to share services and equipment with the city and Washington County as a way to be more efficient. Stillwater officials say you have to do things differently to give taxpayers the best value for their money.
Cop who pepper-sprayed downtown protesters received $150K payout
Samantha Belcourt said she "feared for her life."
Animales Barbeque Co. looks to open brick-and-mortar location
The popular food truck has partnered with the owner of Billy Sushi.
Here are some 2022 holiday shipping deadlines to keep in mind
Most deadlines are a few days before Christmas Eve.
Minneapolis will waive pet adoption fees on Friday
Pet licensing fees still apply to adoptions at the event.
Family who endured car theft ordeal surprised with trip to Universal Orlando
A father rescued his four children after a thief jumped in his car while he was getting something from his trunk.
ATF offering $5,000 reward for info on fire at condemned apartment building
The building sustained $1.8 million-worth of damage.
BCA IDs officer in fatal St. Paul shooting, says there was 'exchange of fire'
The sergeant has been an officer for 10 years.
Charges: Teen speeding before crash that killed mother, injured her son
The teenager was driving at speeds between 72-89 mph at the time of the crash.
Northland Vapor calls St. Paul regulators 'overzealous' in lawsuit over THC sales
The small Minnesota business said the lawsuit was "misleading" and "shameful."
Excelsior chocolate shop ransacked by thieves to reopen
Truffle Hill will reopen to the public on Friday.
Company agrees to changes after child workers found in MN meat plants
An investigation found children ages 13-17 working hazardous jobs at the plants.
Brooklyn Center schools save money with free health clinics
The free clinics for district employees opened two years ago in the north metro district. Staff members and their families can use the clinics for anything from a routine checkup to simple surgical procedures. The clinics allowed the district to turn a potential seven percent increase in premiums into a three percent increase, the Star Tribune reports. Other school districts are following suit.
Government to hire private-sector consultants to find the fat
Minnesota's state and local government agencies will contract with more than 20 private-sector consultants tasked with rooting out waste and finding ways to deliver better services more efficiently.
Stillwater schools adopt award-winning 'reverse classrooms' concept
Instead to listening to lectures in class then working through the math problems at home, students in Stillwater will now watch their teachers' presentations over the web or on DVD -- then do their homework during class.
Cost of 20-day government shutdown piling up
The Star Tribune reports 29 claims by highway contractors, who lost work during the shutdown, have already settled for $2 million. That amount is likely to increase significantly with contractors for 65 more projects already or potentially filing claims.
Dayton announces health care bidding change as first shot at government reform
Governor Mark Dayton’s administration is launching a new competitive bidding process for state health insurance providers. It’s part of a series of changes Dayton says is a comprehensive reform process to make state government more efficient. Dayton says the bidding overhaul will save a half-billion dollars--but that money is already mostly accounted for in the two-year budget.
Record-low interest rates save Minn. taxpayers millions of dollars
School districts, cities and counties in Minnesota are saving tens of millions of dollars in borrowing costs by refinancing old bonds, the Pioneer Press reports. The South Washington County School District is among the government organizations reaping the benefits of historically low interest rates. The district alone has saved more than $14 million since 2001.
More time needed in Stillwater Lumberjack Days investigation
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput told the Pioneer Press his office is still reviewing evidence in the case involving former Stillwater Lumberjack Days organizer Dave Eckberg. The newspaper writes it could take another month before a charging decision is made. Last month, Eckberg and his wife filed for personal bankruptcy. Court documents show the couple owes a list of more than 100 creditors nearly $2.4 million.
Backers of new Stillwater bridge make their case in D.C.
A coalition of local city officials and residents are in Washington D.C. to meet with lawmakers and lobby for speedy passage of a bill that would clear the way for the new bridge.
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