Bells To Note Civil War’s End Anniversary

Bill Crowder played a bugle Thursday as history, military and political leaders gathered in Gov. Mark Dayton’s office to urge Minnesotans to commemorate 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War by ringing bells on April 9. “Bells have long been ringing in our country for many reasons,” state Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City,…
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Pope Meets With Farmers’ Union Leader

Two Minnesotans were among American farm leaders who met Wednesday with Pope Francis. Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson and the National Farmers Union chief counsel, Minnesotan David Velde, were part of discussions about the role family farmers play in food security. They talked about the fact that most food produced in the United States…
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Legislative Notebook: Looking For Lottery Winners

A Minnesotan is a $1 million winner in a Powerball lottery game, but at 5 p.m. today will lose his or her ability to claim the prize. Last week, a $100,000 lottery winner lost out, too. Last year, $9.4 million Minnesota Lottery winnings went unclaimed. State Rep. Joe Atkins, D-Inver Grove Heights, said on Wednesday…
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Cities That Border Dakotas Want Continued State Support

Minnesota legislators who regularly complain that North Dakota and South Dakota lure business away with lower taxes are considering renewing a law in effect since the mid-1980s that gives five western Minnesota communities money to compete with their neighbors to the west. Deputy City Manager Scott Hutchins of Moorhead told House and Senate committees Wednesday…
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Minnesota Republican Budget Plan Features $2 Billion Tax Cuts

House Republicans want to cut Minnesotans’ taxes $2 billion and increase state spending $1.5 billion in the next two years. House committees are to work out the details after GOP leaders this morning announced spending targets for each finance committee. While Republicans promoted the budget growth, Democrats said the plan does not allow as much…
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