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ST. PAUL — A gaining economy drove a projection Thursday of a nearly $1.1 billion Minnesota budget surplus, touching off an instant scramble from people seeking more spending, tax cuts or savings for a rainy day. The surplus will have an automatic impact on two fronts. Public schools will be repaid in full for IOUs the state racked up during tougher budget times and an airport repairs account that lawmakers siphoned money from five years ago will be replenished. That will leave $825 million for the Legislature and Democratic Gov.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday disclosed the names of 34 priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors, following months of criticism that church leaders mishandled such allegations.
LUCAN, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say the remains of a child have been recovered from the scene of a farmhouse fire in the southwestern Minnesota. Another child remains missing. Two adults and several other children were able to escape the two-story house when fire broke out Wednesday afternoonnear Marshall. Fire officials say the house in the town of Lucan was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Vesta firefighter Neil Hansen was injured when he slipped and was run over by a tanker truck.
LUCAN, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say two children are unaccounted for after a farmhouse caught fire in the southwestern Minnesota town of Lucan. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says in a news release that two adults and several children were able to escape the two-story home without any injuries Wednesday.
MINNEAPOLIS — Zygi Wilf beamed in the middle of the sharp-dressed group, a gold-painted shovel in his hands, a purple Vikings hard hat on his head and star running back Adrian Peterson by his side. Finally, the work on Minnesota’s polarizing and long-sought new stadium was under way. After more than a decade of planning, dealing and pleading, the $1 billion project began Tuesday with a formal groundbreaking in downtown Minneapolis. About 600 people, including local politicians, business leaders and chanting fans, were in attendance as Wilf, Peterson, Gov.
DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have broken ground on their new stadium. Team owners and officials were joined by hundreds of local politicians, business leaders and purple-clad fans Tuesday morning to commemorate the start of construction on the billion-dollar project. Star running back Adrian Peterson was there, too. With golden shovels and hard hats designed like Vikings helmets, the group posed for photos watched fireworks overhead.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — St.
COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — Residents of Cold Spring marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of local police officer Tom Decker with an evening candlelight vigil. The St. Cloud Times reports that city employees organized the Friday vigil at the request of Decker's widow, Alicia ( http://on.sctimes.com/18rRbXj ).
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say 26 people were arrested as hundreds of low-wage workers marched along University Avenue in St. Paul to demand higher pay. KARE-TV reports the Friday march stretched for blocks down University Avenue — on a day when many people are concentrating on their holiday spending spree.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Robbie Grimsley more than made up for an early mistake. The junior ran for three long scores — including a Prep Bowl record 92-yard dash — and Hutchinson crushed the Academy of Holy Angels 49-7 Friday in the Prep Bowl to win its second straight Class 4A Championship and 26th straight game. Grimsley, who finished with 261 yards on six carries before rolling his ankle, scored on runs of 76, 57 and 92 yards in the first quarter to put the Tigers (13-0) well on their way to a fifth school title.