State, Feds Boost Student Grants

College students facing rising tuition when they head to campus next fall have at least some good financial news – state and federal governments are increasing grant programs. Up to 9,000 more Minnesota students from low- and middle-income families may receive grants and many of the 83,000 existing grant recipients could get more money.  "Given…
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Clark Calls Pawlenty ‘rogue Governor’

A column penned by the assistant Minnesota Senate majority leader may signal how Democrats will react to Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s unilateral cutting of state budgets. Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, wrote that the Republican governor is improperly using his unallotment powers, the authority in law for him to cut budgets when there is not enough…
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Some City Cuts OK

Gov. Tim Pawlenty should not claim that cities are unwilling to see their state aid cut, a city leader says. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities support some cuts to local government aid, Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden said. But the coalition’s president added that the governor "greatly misrepresents our position." Wolden lobbied Pawlenty to be…
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Faster Food Fight Wanted

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants the federal government to respond to food-borne illnesses like Minnesota does. So today she said she will introduce a bill promoting faster national response to food problems, such as this year’s case of salmonella-tainted peanut butter. “As a former prosecutor, I believe the first responsibility of a government is to…
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Minnesota Seeks U.S. Indian Law Change

Rep. Dean Urdahl Minnesota’s request to overturn a federal law that threw Dakota and Winnebago Indians out of the state can become a way to teach about mistreatment over the years, Native Americans and a state legislator say. The 1863 law banning the two tribes has been replaced with presidential and congressional actions, and Dakota…
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