Judge To Decide Whether To Pause FM Diversion

A federal judge says he will decide whether to temporarily stop the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project within 30 days. After a three-hour hearing Tuesday, July 18, Chief Minnesota federal Judge John R. Tunheim announced his month deadline in a request to hit pause on the $2.2 billion project. Attorneys seeking the delay, representing the Minnesota…
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Families Of Missing People Can Provide DNA To Link To Remains

Frustrated families of people who have gone missing have a chance to help law enforcement officials find their loves ones remains: provide DNA. Authorities have taken DNA samples from remains of unidentified people around the country and entered results in a database. That DNA can be linked to close blood relatives’ DNA. “While a result…
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Seniors Say Even Small Social Security Savings Worthwhile

Emmy Treichal says $201 more a year would mean a lot to her. “I would save it,” the 89-year-old St. Paul resident said. “I always have a project I am saving for.” That $201 will be the average amount of income taxes Social Security recipients in Minnesota will save under a new law that reduces…
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Estate Tax May Be One Factor In Minnesotans’ Moves

Mark Sellner sat in Sarasota Springs, Fla., where it was 91 degrees and partly cloudy, with 56 percent humidity. There was a zero percent chance of state estate taxes. In Plymouth, Minn., which he left less than a year ago, the temperature at the same time was 74, with sunny skies and 30 percent humidity.…
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Chatter: Trump Biofuel Decision Draws Mixed Reaction

Minnesotans in Congress generally applauded the Trump administration’s announcement about the amount of biofuels that must be produced, although it cut requirements for advanced fuels and kept them constant for corn-based ethanol. While many news stories painted the preliminary plan as good for farmers, Reuters news service said: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed total…
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