Lawmakers Look To Dump City Plastic Bag Bans

The Republican-controlled Minnesota Legislature appears ready to stop plastic bag bans. A House committee last week voted 10-7 to stop ordinances such as Minneapolis has enacted and some Duluth residents want to stop stores from putting customers’ purchases in plastic bags. A Senate committee on Tuesday, March 7, heard arguments for and against the idea,…
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Minnesota Bill Aims To Bulk Up Sex Offense Penalties

Three sexual assault survivors told Minnesota legislators that current criminal sentencing procedures endanger children. They testified at a House public safety committee meeting Tuesday, March 7 in favor of a bill that would: Eliminate some plea agreements that let sex offenders avoid prison. Mandate minimum sentences for child pornography. Require that some sex offenders remain…
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College Loan Aid Examined As Way To Help Greater Minnesota

Molly O’Neill loves being back home, even though her home lacks running water. It is just that with $500 monthly college loan payments, she said that she cannot afford plumbing in her Lutsen home in far northeastern Minnesota. “This is a problem that is not going away in the foreseeable future,” she told members of…
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Audit: Educators Do Not Understand How To Use Test Results

Many Minnesota educators do not understand how to interpret scores of state and federal mandated tests. An Office of Legislative Auditor report released Monday, March 6, included a survey showing a lack of understanding. It also showed educators questioning the usefulness of the the best-known statewide test, Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, better known as MCA. How…
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Minnesota Grapples With Spikes In Drug Seizures

By Maureen McMullen One pound of methamphetamine used to be considered a big drug bust by Minnesota law enforcement. This year, however, a single meth seizure operation can yield between five and 35 pounds. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported Monday, Marcy 6, that drug task forces seized a record 488 pounds of meth…
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