More Counties Expect Flood Aid

By Don Davis More Minnesota counties likely will be added to a presidential flood disaster declaration. President Barack Obama on Monday declared eight of 51 counties that experienced flood damage this summer as eligible for federal disaster aid. However, Gov. Mark Dayton’s office reports that more counties are expected to join the list as local…
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Political Chatter: U.S. House Races Bring In Money, Too

By Don Davis Everyone knew that U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Mike McFadden will run rich campaigns if they face off in November, as expected, but a couple of mostly rural U.S. House races involve more money than usual. Northern and east-central Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District race between Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan and Republican challenger…
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Farmington Leaders Offer To Host Special Legislative Session

Leaders of the southern Twin Cities suburb of Farmington Thursday offered to host a special legislative session to fund flood recovery.

Ex-lawmaker Otremba Dies

Mary Ellen Otremba, a popular and soft-spoken state legislator who represented areas of central and west-central Minnesota for 13 years, died Thursday. She was 63.

Minnesota Farmland Taxes Expected To Rise

Many Minnesota property owners could see some tax relief this year, but farmers can expect higher taxes for at least the next two years.