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ST. PAUL - A new bill, introduced Monday after most legislative deadlines passed, would reduce the number of lawmakers serving Minnesotans and, thus, eliminate the need to build a new Senate office building. Rep. Bob Barrett, R-Lindstrom, would reduce the number of House members from 134 to 65 and senators from 67 to 32. “Minnesota has more state senators than any other state in the entire country,” Barrett said.
ST. PAUL - Home health care workers would receive a nearly 7.7 percent raise under a measure the Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee heard Monday. Committee members approved increasing health and human services spending from $75 million to $91 million this year, modifying what already was in a two-year budget that passed last year. Caregivers' wages have not risen in years, and the 2011 Legislature cut pay as a way to help balance the state budget. Monday's home care action comes as the Ways and Means Committee continues to hear budget plans for each part of the state budget.
One person was found dead over the weekend after emergency crews responded to a reported house fire in rural Thief River Falls. The fire was reported at approximately 10:22 p.m. Saturday at the residence of Mark A. Lindholm, according to Marshall County Sheriff John Novacek.
NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. - James Van Schaick has resigned as New York Mills police chief, and former Perham and New York Mills Police Chief Brian Nelson was named interim...
ST. PAUL - Minnesota House and Senate negotiators remained at a stalemate Thursday on raising the minimum wage. Negotiators met for about five minutes Thursday, leaving with no progress. Senators rejected a House proposal because it continues to contain a provision to automatically raise the minimum wage to match inflation. Senate leaders and negotiators have rejected that concept. "I don't know what to tell you other than the offer is not going to be acceptable," Sen.
Duluth tops 100 inches of snow for the season DULUTH - A half-foot of snow fell at Duluth International Airport on Thursday, raising the seasonal snowfall total past 104 inches...
ST. PAUL - Five Republican governor hopefuls joined Thursday in criticizing plans to construct a Senate office building. The proposed $63 million building, part of a $90 million package that would include parking facilities, would be home to Senate offices and committee meeting rooms. It was included in a tax bill last year pushed by legislative Democrats and signed by Democratic Gov.
Over the years, my mom has made more delicious home-cooked meals than I could possibly count, but one of my favorites will always be her “Deconstructed” Garam Masala Chicken Pot Pie. My parents and I came across this recipe through the Food Network. We always love watching TV together, and the Food Network is one of our favorite channels. We’re fans of “Next Food Network Star,” and one of the competitors in the fifth season, Jeffrey Saad, came up with a recipe for Garam Masala Chicken Pot Pie.
MOORHEAD – The former Dilworth fire chief has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with accusations he threatened to burn down the homes of fire officials. Kurt Kennedy, 49, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clay County District Court to one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Another charge against Kennedy, of making felony terrorist threats, was dismissed. Court documents say Kennedy said he wanted to burn down fire officials’ homes, and also threatened to seek “revenge” on other city officials. According to court documents, Kennedy told police he doesn’t remember maki
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - A suspect has been arrested in connection with a series of armed robberies in Alexandria, police reported Friday night. Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said in a news release that Michael Warren, 27, of Alexandria, had been taken into custody. "We have probable cause to believe that Warren is involved in the recent robberies that have occurred in Alexandria within the past few weeks," Wyffels said. "At this time, the investigation will continue and Warren will await formal charges." Armed robberies were committed at a Subway restaurant Feb.