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'Two incredible young men': Hundreds mourn two Park Christian students killed in rollover
Grand Forks police seek missing Minnesota man
Duluth doctor accused of stalking man
State Patrol spokesman charged with speeding
Special needs youth develop skills at Camp of Champs
Seniors led Tigers to successful season
Errors kept Panthers at .500 mark
Athletes compete in Lakes to Pines Triathlon
Midway defeats Sebeka, improves record to 7-6
Esox rout Verndale, Huntersville for first two victories of season
PEARL D. SEMMLER
MELVIN "BUTCH" MOE
Six-Toed Cat offers unique treasures
Eischens an architect of all things cabinet
Hornbacher's turns attention to Grand Forks, buying Super One store
Energetic roots band performs July 2
Laporte Drama Camp a hit
Professional rodeo joins pro bull ride activities in Park Rapids
Dorset to host Boardwalk Art Festival on Saturday
Emmaville celebrates centennial (again)
Detroit Mountain bike trails set to open
Cowboy ropes orphaned bear cub to rescue it for rehab
Lead fishing tackle ingested by fish is killing loons and other birds
Kids explore nature photography at Itasca Park
Tamarac prepares to open new environmental education center
Survey says: Minnesota nice and safe
Editorial: Condition, stabilization debate? Try pipelines
Letter: Dascalos family extends thank you
Letter: ‘We fought for freedom’
Letter: Tails on the Trail a successful event
Bemidji writer reveals honey’s versatility in new cookbook
Grand Forks food blogger wins national award for ‘My Name is Yeh’
July 19, 2011
Special session starts today, shutdown ends soon
The Minnesota Legislature begins voting on budget bill this afternoon, setting up the end to the state's longest government shutdown. Late this morning, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a proclamation calling lawmakers back into special session to pass the state budget. "We worked very,...
July 19, 2011 - 11:26am
Capitol opens today; more work to be done on budget
Signs that the Minnesota government shutdown soon may end are surfacing, but work remains. Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the state Capitol to open again at 9 a.m.
July 19, 2011 - 7:52am
July 16, 2011
Council hears from legislators, CGMC rep
Tim Flaherty of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and legislators Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, and Rep. David Hancock, GOP-Bemidji, arrived at this week's Park Rapids Council meeting to share insights on the "new majorities' and governor's quarrel." "The governor supports...
July 16, 2011 - 1:00pm
July 15, 2011
Minnesota leaders announce budget deal 'framework'
Minnesota government could reopen within days if what appears to be a fragile budget agreement holds up. Democratic Gov.
July 15, 2011 - 7:17am
July 14, 2011
Budget talks back on after Dayton drops tax hike
Gov. Mark Dayton says ending the state government shutdown is so important that he is willing to drop his long-held demand to increase taxes on Minnesota's top earners. His announcement this morning was convincing enough to Republicans who control the Legislature to agree to meet...
July 14, 2011 - 1:03pm
July 13, 2011
Shutdown launches Itasca Sports expansion
When the state shutdown closed Itasca State Park, the propellers for Itasca Sports' pontoon rental business came to a halt. Momentarily. Sam and Caren Smith, who are second-generation owners of the family rental enterprise, put a business plan in place in 24 hours. "Need a pontoon?"...
news / business
July 13, 2011 - 1:00pm
Judge to Minnesotans: 'Flood' lawmakers, governor with shutdown stories
The judge deciding what parts of state government can run during a shutdown, which enters its 13th day Wednesday, says legislators and the governor need to hear how it affects Minnesotans. Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin of Ramsey County said that is especially true for people who live...
July 13, 2011 - 7:46am
July 12, 2011
Gambling no sure bet for budget fix
A Minnesota Capitol undercurrent for months has suggested gambling as a way to help solve a budget impasse that now has become the longest government shutdown in state history. "The governor wants more revenue, Republicans want no new taxes," Rep. John Kriesel recently tweeted. "Enter...
July 12, 2011 - 6:34am
July 9, 2011
Anglers grapple with lockdown on Minnesota fishing license sales
Bob Rogers sees them every day. They're would-be anglers from other states, passing through Duluth, trying to buy a Minnesota fishing license. Rogers, an employee of Marine General Sports in Duluth, can't sell them a license. The state has shut down its licensing system during the...
outdoors / fishing
July 9, 2011 - 12:40pm
July 7, 2011
Lawmakers pessimistic about quick shutdown end
Count many Minnesota legislators among those who expect a long government shutdown. "My gut tells me that if this goes two weeks, it will go until January," Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker said. Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, added that a quick end to the shutdown is not likely....
July 7, 2011 - 7:16am
July 2, 2011
Shutdown hits campers, businesses, road work
Sam Smith's 11 pontoon boats bobbed quietly on a blistering Thursday afternoon before Minnesota's busiest holiday weekend was to start. Ideally,...
news / local
July 2, 2011 - 12:00pm
Quiet Capitol, quiet government: Six days of tense marathon budget talks end with shutdown
July 2, 2011 - 11:46am
July 1, 2011
Loggers receive Temporary Restraining Order
A Koochiching County District Court Judge issued a temporary restraining order early this morning against the state of Minnesota that allows logging to continue in state forests during the government shutdown. Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources had halted timber harvesting...
July 1, 2011 - 11:20am
June 30, 2011
Today's $34 billion (or more) question: deal or no deal?
Minnesota legislative leaders bought themselves some budget negotiating time today by summoning their members to the Capitol, but they left the talks late this morning without more scheduled. There was no indication if there were problems with the budget talks, but legislative leaders...
June 30, 2011 - 10:38am
Minnesota residents to notice shutdown's effects this time around
Many Minnesotans would feel a state government shutdown, even though a judge is allowing more than a third of state employees to stay on the job. People stopping at a highway rest area or planning an excursion to a state park, forest or recreation area may be inconvenienced if a...
June 30, 2011 - 7:04am