The group United Taxpayers of America says 17 retired employees of Duluth and St. Louis County are bringing in pensions of more than $100,000 a year. The watchdog group argues that defined-benefit pensions should be replaced by contributions to accounts such as 401 (k)s. Union officials point out, though, that the vast majority of public retirees have much smaller pensions than the relatively few cases highlighted by the group.
50,000 gallons of toilet wastewater leaks into Twin Cities lake
You may want to avoid this body of water.
Evidence that omicron strains BA.4 and BA.5 are in Minnesota
The European CDC has warned of a possible significant summer surge fueled by the omicron subvariants.
Hastings man charged for driving drunk with 2-year-old in vehicle
Matthew Quade's BAC was almost five times over the legal limit when police pulled him over last week.
Arrest made after person shot at Hopkins apartment building
Police say this was an isolated incident and that the victim and suspect knew each other.
BA.2.12.1 omicron subvariant quickly becoming dominant in MN
Experts say the subvariant is more transmissible but there is not evidence to suggest it causes more severe disease.
Teen paddle boarders rescued after 'abrupt wind change' on Lake Superior
The rescue happened off Park Point Beach Saturday.
DFLer who was in labor during endorsement convention to run in primary
Maye Quade gave a speech while in active labor before she ultimately withdrew from the endorsing convention last month to give birth.
Valleyfair opens this weekend, reveals full summer schedule of events
New fare includes walking tacos, hand-scooped ice cream and deep-fried pickles.
Jury selection begins in trial of Buffalo clinic shooter, Gregory Ulrich
The Buffalo health clinic shooter is accused of fatally shooting one person and injuring four others last year.
Tow truck workers struck by hit-and-run driver on I-35
The driver was in a black 2006 Lincoln MKZ.
Walz, DFL, GOP reach agreement on state surplus spending
The framework deal includes spending on education, health care, human services and public safety, as well as tax cuts.
Kars4Kids charity under scrutiny from watchdog group.
Probably best known for their catchy radio jingle, Kars4Kids (K-A-R-S kars for kids) is being questioned for misleading donors. The organization has already been fined $65,000 in two other states for failing to disclose the beneficiaries of car donations.
St. Louis County: Beating of gay Duluth man not a hate crime
The county attorney's office has filed charges resulting from last month's drinking party at a gravel pit. But officials are not prosecuting the case as a bias crime. They say the victim's account of the incident—and his contention that he was beaten because he is gay—were not truthful.
Group fights marriage amendment with first TV ad
Freedom to Marry, a national group fighting to defeat the ballot measure to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman, will air its first television advertisement in Minnesota on Thursday. MPR reports the 30-second ad will run on television and cable networks in the Twin Cities and Duluth. It features a Duluth couple who have been married for nearly 60 years. Yvonne and Fred Peterson say gay couples should also be allowed to marry.
Consumer watchdog group releases this year's most dangerous toys list
This year's list from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group includes the Hot Wheels Rat Bomb, a mini-crossbow and an Elmo talking cell phone.
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