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Capitol Chatter: A legislative budget primer
Keep or dump MNsure, or is there an alternative?
Grand jury indicts Allwine on first-degree murder
Higher education bills call for Minnesota State tuition freezes
Agriculture funding bills prioritize new Minnesota crops
State Basketball: CMCS rebounds in consolation bracket
Bears sign QB Sanchez to one-year deal
Minnesota State Boys Basketball Tournament -- Thursday roundup
Flyers keep Wild in check as Minnesota woes continue
Boys basketball: 'Jays leave feeling blue
Donald Trump once called actress Emma Thompson for a date
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'Beauty and the Beast' smashes records with towering $170 million debut
'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
Play our Basketball Brackets Challenge
Ruth O. Jones
John E. Vold
Hoops on Hops: Delve into the wide range of beer books
Port: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls criticism over #NoDAPL protests response “inaccurate and offensive”
American wines are gaining in popularity
Lost Italian: It all starts with Pasta Aglio e Olio
Swift: The new 'Maximum Overdrive': Could our appliances be too smart?
May 6, 2010
Local brass wait to see how ruling affects their budgets
No one seems to know what will happen next, now that the Minnesota Supreme Court has said that Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget unallotment a year ago was illegal. "I know that it won't be good for us," said Willmar Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard. The full impact of the ruling was unclear...
May 6, 2010 - 12:00am
High court rules against unallotment cuts
ST. PAUL -- A dramatic Minnesota Supreme Court ruling Wednesday threw state budget talks back to 2009. Minnesota legislators and Gov. Tim Pawlenty...
May 6, 2010 - 12:00am
May 5, 2010
Updated 12:50 p.m.: Court rules Pawlenty unallotments are illegal
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court says Gov.
May 5, 2010 - 12:48pm
March 19, 2010
Legislation is sought to save funds for disabled individuals
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County is fighting for special legislation to restore funding for individuals with disabilities that was eliminated through Gov. Tim Pawlenty's unallotment process. If the legislation fails, the negative effects could be felt for generations, said Tamara Goldenstein,...
March 19, 2010 - 12:00am
February 17, 2010
Local governments should 'cry foul' over state budget cuts
WILLMAR -- Counties and cities in Minnesota should "cry foul" over Gov.
February 17, 2010 - 12:00am
January 13, 2010
Pawlenty defends his budget cuts to the state's high court
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty tells the Minnesota Supreme Court that he followed state law and the constitution when he unilaterally cut state...
January 13, 2010 - 12:00am
January 12, 2010
Pawlenty appeals unallotment ruling
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
January 12, 2010 - 5:42pm
January 6, 2010
County Board to legislators: Bickering must end for state to right its ship
WILLMAR -- Still stinging from the unallotment of state funds, and fearing more of the same this year, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners told...
January 6, 2010 - 12:00am
January 2, 2010
Unallotment cuts continue to plague Pawlenty, as some talk of suing gov.
ST. PAUL -- The multi-billion-dollar question for Minnesota organizations that receive state money is whether challenging Gov. Tim Pawlenty's...
January 2, 2010 - 12:00am
December 31, 2009
Judge rules budget cut unconstitutional
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty violated the state constitution when he cut a relatively small program as he tried to fix a $2.7 billion budget deficit this summer, a judge said in a ruling that could open the door to more legal challenges. Judge Kathleen Gearin's Wednesday ruling...
December 31, 2009 - 12:00am
November 17, 2009
Judge considers overturning unallotment
ST. PAUL -- The first of what could be many Minnesota court rulings on Gov.
November 17, 2009 - 12:00am
October 29, 2009
Yellow Medicine county may cut contributions to regional initiatives
GRANITE FALLS -- A host of regional initiatives could fall to the budget axe in Yellow Medicine County. The County Board of Commissioners gave its approval Tuesday to a budget cutting option that includes eliminating the county's contributions to the Prairie Waters tourism effort,...
October 29, 2009 - 12:00am
September 25, 2009
Zero percent levy hike isn't a sign of good times in LqP
MADISON -- The flat-line levy approved last week by the Lac qui Parle County Board of Commissioners isn't a sign of a flush economy for the county. Instead, the zero increase to the 2010 levy is a desperate attempt not to gouge farmers with a huge property tax increase cau-sed, in...
September 25, 2009 - 12:00am
September 17, 2009
Meeker County levy to increase 6.9 percent in 2010
LITCHFIELD -- The Meeker County levy will increase 6.9 percent next year, but the proposed budget will be decreasing. At their board meeting Tuesday, the Meeker County Board of Commissioners certified a net levy of $11.9 million levy, which is $772,047 more than this year. The proposed...
September 17, 2009 - 12:00am
August 26, 2009
Letter: More cuts to rural counties
Once again our southwest Minnesota rural counties get the short end of the stick! Not only will we be hit with the governor's unallotments but additional cuts! Why? Because of the state's County Program Aid formula which nobody fully understands. The reduction is due to the drastic...
August 26, 2009 - 12:00am