Madelia Seeks Help Recovering From Downtown Fire

A small southern Minnesota community that lost eight downtown businesses to an early-morning Feb. 3 fire is poised to rebuilt, but it seeks some state help. For many communities, “it would be enough to bring the town to its knees, but not ours,” Brent Christenson said of Madelia, a 2,300-person community just southwest of Mankato.…
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Legislative Roundup: Wine Tax Break Sought

Owners of wineries on Minnesota farms are asking lawmakers give them a tax break like other alcohol makers receive. Legislation by Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, would provide excise tax credits for wine and cider makers that produce up to 75,000 gallons a year. No farm winery reaches that level. Wine makers told a Senate committee…
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Broadband, Racial Equity Top Dayton Wish List

Giving all Minnesotans equal access to high-speed Internet and promoting racial economic equality are Gov. Mark Dayton’s top requests in seeking a $700 million budget boost. Each would cost $100 million. He also announced Tuesday that he wants to supplement a $42 billion, two-year budget he and lawmakers enacted a year ago with $77 million…
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Political Chatter: Franken Talks Rural Health Care Woes

U.S. Sen. Al Franken is taking on rural health care in his second term. The Minnesota Democrat is co-chairman of the Senate Rural Health Caucus and has traveled the state discussing the topic. “The conversations were vivid and personal, but also immensely practical,” Franken told the National Rural Health Association on Wednesday. “What became clear…
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Budget Surplus: $1.9 Billion

Minnesota’s budget surplus has ballooned to $1.9 billion, state officials announced this morning. The surplus, more than double what lawmakers had when they finished work in June, drops to $1.2 billion when $665 million is allocated to reserves and to make payments required by state law. The money is projected to be available for the…
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