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.
More than 2 years after announcing, Duck Donuts finally opens at MOA
The grand opening of the new location took place Wednesday.
St. Paul is closing 6 schools amid declining enrollment
The board revised the plan after the school communities voiced concerns.
Pedestrian dies after being struck by motorist in Rosemount
It happened around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
X-rays negative after Karl-Anthony Towns takes scary fall
Towns crashed hard to the ground late in the game Wednesday night.
2 more homicides push Minneapolis closer to record set in 1995
The deadly shootings happened on the city's North Side Wednesday night.
KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards
Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.
Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries
It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.
'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says
The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.
Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball
"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."
Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program
MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.
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.
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.
A Veterans Day tradition continues in Stillwater
Leo's Grill and Malt Shop in Stillwater handed out more than 200 free meals on Veterans Day, the Pioneer Press reports. It is the 5th year owner Cory Buettner has invited veterans and other military personnel to order anything on the menu at no cost. This year, he is extending the free meal offer from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, the federal government holiday. "It's our way of giving back to the community because they support us all year," Buettner said.
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.
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