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Who's winning and losing in Minnesota's 2016 economy?
Willmar area bird count to be Dec. 17
Riverview planning another large dairy in western Minn.
Final Willmar levy and budget approved
Lawmakers support local option sales taxes in New London, Spicer
Bluejays girls team dominates Hendricks
Pitino has Gophers poised to take 12-1 record into Big Ten play
Is Dozier blockbuster trade in the works?
Wild remain unconcerned with middling special teams
Timberwolves' bench playing Minnesota's best basketball
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Read Live it! December-January issue
Knowing personalized risk for diabetes may not change lifestyles
Bernice A. Benson
Belmer "Red" Fostvedt
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Treat all ladies with respect
Minnesota Opinion: Free Vikes-tix perk 'looks bad' for all
Estrich commentary: Living in the Trump twilight
Editorial: Time for two school sides to find agreement
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
December 2, 2016
$1.4 billion budget surplus expected in Minnesota
ST. PAUL—Minnesota policymakers should have a $1.4 billion available when they start to draw up a two-year state budget in a month, state...
December 2, 2016 - 9:41am
March 3, 2016
With smaller surplus, lawmakers have fewer dollars to give back
What are chances of a tax cut no ST. PAUL -- Don’t plan on spending money from a big cut in state taxes just yet, Minnesotans. When state finance officials announced last week that Minnesota’s projected budget surplus had shrunk by one-fourth — from $1.2 billion to $900 million...
March 3, 2016 - 5:30am
February 26, 2016
Minnesota's budget surplus slips, offering cautionary tale
ST. PAUL - A Minnesota economy and state budget report is a cautionary tale. While politicians haggled over taxes and spending, pretty much every state leader reacting to information that the state budget surplus slipped from $1.2 billion to $900 million said it is a sign that care...
February 26, 2016 - 10:09am
December 3, 2015
Minnesota's budget surplus approaches $1.9B
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s budget surplus has ballooned to $1.9 billion, state officials announced Thursday morning. The surplus, more than double...
December 3, 2015 - 11:12pm
Minnesota's budget surplus balloons to $1.9B
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's budget surplus has ballooned to $1.9 billion, state officials announced Thursday 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...
December 3, 2015 - 9:47am
July 12, 2015
State tax collections beat expectations again
ST. PAUL — Minnesota collected $555 million more in taxes over the last three months than state economists had predicted in February as both individual and corporate income turned out higher than expected. The news means lawmakers will have even more money than expected to dispose...
July 12, 2015 - 11:18pm
May 21, 2015
More money, more problems
ST. PAUL — Chaos on the House floor in the minutes before Monday’s Minnesota Legislature adjournment may have been inevitable, according to lawmakers who were around in 2001, the last time there was a state budget surplus. After more than 10 years of budget deficits, a projected...
May 21, 2015 - 12:02am
May 6, 2015
Letter: Be wise with state surplus
Once upon a time, there was a farmer named John. Before he had planted a single seed of corn, farmer John heard a long-range weather forecast predicting plentiful rain and generally salubrious weather conditions throughout the growing season. Being an optimist, he began to imagine...
May 6, 2015 - 4:58am
March 3, 2015
Speaker: Give back ‘vast majority’ of surplus
ST. PAUL — Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he expects the House Republican budget plan to include tax breaks with “the vast majority” of the $1.9 billion state budget surplus. On Friday, shortly after the surplus was announced, the Crown Republican delivered several...
March 3, 2015 - 9:00am
March 2, 2015
$700 million tax judgment could take chunk of surplus
ST. PAUL — The potential for Minnesota to owe $700 million in corporate refunds if it loses a pending tax case has state leaders rethinking plans for the projected budget surplus. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday that he would set aside some of the $1.87 billion surplus...
March 2, 2015 - 11:38pm
February 27, 2015
Minnesota's budget surplus pushes upward to $1.9 billion
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's real budget debate began today when state finance officials announced a $1.9 billion surplus, an increase of $832 million from a report less than three months ago.
February 27, 2015 - 10:29am
January 28, 2015
Facing a GOP-led House, Dayton still decides to play hardball with his priorities
ST. PAUL -- As a lame duck, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton showed a new willingness to play hardball in the budget he proposed Tuesday. He threatened to cut off state funding to two agencies currently in high-profile disputes. But at the same time, he’s shown consistency in...
January 28, 2015 - 6:00am
January 27, 2015
Dayton proposes budget
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s two-year budget plan would pump more than a half billion dollars into education, increase the number...
January 27, 2015 - 11:45pm
December 4, 2014
Minnesota: $1 billion state budget surplus predicted
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators and governor will have a bit more to spend in the next two years.
December 4, 2014 - 11:00am
August 14, 2014
Protests reveal police ‘militarization’: Pentagon’s Excess Property Program distributes surplus military equipment to police
FERGUSON, Mo. — A U.S. military program that sends armored cars, camouflage and other battlefield equipment to police departments is under...
August 14, 2014 - 11:04pm