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As Seasons Turn, So Should Your Attention to the Governor's Race


Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

After a long winter, baseball season is finally here, families are firing up their barbeques, and farmers are in the field. Summer isn't far away, and neither is the important decision of electing Minnesota's next governor.

As a season of change is upon us and we inch closer to new state leadership, it is critical that the next governor be a supporter of strong local communities. The next governor must support Local Government Aid.

Neither one of us has endorsed a candidate for governor, but before we do, we are going to ask them where they stand on Local Government Aid. We hope all Minnesotans who value strong, rural communities do the same.

Local Government Aid (LGA) is a program that started nearly 40 years ago and is grounded in the principal that all communities have a right to the same basic level of services, regardless of their property tax wealth. LGA has been instrumental in keeping property taxes down and funding the services all communities need-police, fire protection, parks, airports and street maintenance. In short, the state-local partnership of LGA has kept Minnesota communities strong, vibrant places to live and work. LGA is a key piece of the Minnesota Miracle, which has served our state well.

The next governor will make key policy decisions that will in some cases determine if communities can even keep firefighters on staff, streets maintained, or parks mowed. With Minnesota having faced repeated budget deficits over the past decade, state aid to cities has been cut by just over $1 billion cumulatively since 2002. As a result, property taxes have increased over 60 percent statewide in the same time period and services have been slashed.

Cities recognize the challenges that state lawmakers have faced over the past years due to the ongoing budget deficits. We also recognize that cities have had to share in the pain along with everyone else, and we have found ways to save money by streamlining services and developing partnerships to deliver programs at lower costs.

But cities are now well past the point of saving money around the edges; we are at the point where if we squeeze any harder, we will break the foundation that makes our communities attractive and affordable places to live and do business.

If we are forced to increase property taxes higher, we will simply drive businesses and families out of our communities. At the same time, if we are forced to make deeper service cuts to str .....
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INVESTIGATORS RECOVER SAFES, DATA FROM STUDENT LOAN COMPANY BURGLARY

Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Investigators with the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force (FCTF) and the Minneapolis Police Department have recovered two stolen safes that contained CDs and floppy discs with personal information on more than three million federal stud ..... 
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A HEAVY FOOT AND AGGRESSIVE DRIVING WILL MEAN A LIGHTER WALLET WITH ADDED SPEED PATROLS IN 2010

Thu, Apr 15th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota law enforcement agencies are accelerating patrols in 2010 to combat one of state's leading contributors to fatal traffic crashes - speeding. Around 50 agencies will conduct extra enforcement to address speeding, and an ad campaig ..... 
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Minnesota Brothers Each Facing 29 Tax Felony Charges

Tue, Apr 13th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Saint Paul - The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced today that the Mille Lacs County Attorney's Office recently charged Todd Christenson, 50, of Fridley, and his brother Trent Christenson, 40, of Baxter, each with 29 felony tax crimes. They al ..... 
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Minnesota Archaeology Week at the Rice County Historical Society

Tue, Apr 13th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Meeting with collectors - Artifact Identification

Join us at the Rice County Museum for Minnesota Archaeology Week on Thursday, May 6, 2010. If you have found a stone tool, arrow head or something else you would like to have identified bring i ..... 
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BICYCLE RIDING, DEATHS UP IN MINNESOTA; STATE AGENCIES CALL ON MOTORISTS TO SHARE THE ROAD

Tue, Apr 13th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota bike riders are back on the road - and motorists need to share the road, according to the Minnesota Departments of Public Safety (DPS) and Transportation (MnDOT). Preliminary 2009 stats from DPS report 10 bicyclist deaths, a drop ..... 
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AT&T TXTNG & DRIVNG CAMPAIGN URGES CONSUMERS THAT 'IT CAN WAIT'

Mon, Apr 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, April 9, 2010 - Stop what you're doing. Take out your wireless device. Read out loud the last text message you received. Would reading or responding to that text message while driving be worth causing a serious accident? When you look at ..... 
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National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter names new president

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, April 9, 2010 - Holly Anderson, a seven-year veteran of the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis, has been named president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter.



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MPCA AWARDS OUTSTANDING WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATORS

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn ⎯ The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently recognized Tyler Carrigan from POET Biorefining for outstanding performance in wastewater operations during 2009. The awards were announced March 25th at the 73rd Annual Wa ..... 
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