3 Counties Foot Bill To Fight State Auditor Lawsuit

It is not fair that three counties are funding a fight to allow all 87 Minnesota counties to save money, a Becker County commissioner says. “It is a bigger issue than just our county,” Commissioner Barry Nelson told a state House committee Wednesday, Feb. 15, but so far a lawsuit by State Auditor Rebecca Otto…
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Minnesota Private Colleges Emphasize Undergrad Research

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service A summer in France gave Ruth Sexton a chance to research invasive plants in Minnesota lakes. In Europe, the plants can obstruct waterways and cause ecological issues like low oxygen levels in the water. While the plants also are in Minnesota, they have not caused such problems. Yet. A…
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Success Predicted After Another Legislative Failure

Two failures may equal success. The Minnesota House and Senate failed to pass their public works funding bills, but in the three days lawmakers have left this year, major legislative players expect those defeated bills to be merged into one that funds rail safety, college building repairs, flood prevention and other projects around Minnesota. Optimism…
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Broadband Debate Centers On Cost, Students, Businesses

Ten percent of Litchfield School District students are so far away from high-speed Internet connections that they cannot to do all of their homework. Superintendent Daniel Frazier on Wednesday said students in his area are luckier than many in rural Minnesota. Students who live in areas with mobile telephone signals so weak that wireless hotspots…
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Broadband Spending Plans Vary Greatly

Republican Minnesota representatives propose spending $35 million to expand broadband high-speed Internet in the state, far less than Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Democrats want. “Minnesotans are going to see a historic amount of broadband investment this year,” Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, said Wednesday as he and other Republicans outlined their plan. While…
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