Author: Cody Pratt

New Proposed Tax Bill Entering the Minnesota House Floor

New Proposed Tax Bill Entering the Minnesota House Floor

A new tax bill is going to vote on the Minnesota House floor. The new legislation aims to help tax filers from running into problems next year by updating Minnesota’s tax code to reflect federal changes. Side effects of the bill includes tax increases for roughly 180,000 Minnesotans. Along with several cuts that previously helped tax payer save money. The […]

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Teenager Flips Car in Avon Township

Teenager Flips Car in Avon Township

A young man flipped his car into a ditch on the intersection of County Road 156 and County Road 9, in the Avon Township. The accident took place around 3pm on April 25. He was trying to pass a school bus when an oncoming vehicle came around a corner at him. The young man drove into the ditch to avoid colliding […]

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St. Cloud State’s New President Canidates Announced

St. Cloud State’s New President Canidates Announced

The search for St. Cloud State University’s new president has been narrowed to the final four. Brian Johnson, Daniel Shipp, Dione Somerville, and Robbyn Wacker are the current candidates. The candidates will be visiting campus between April 24 to 27 to meet the community. Brian Johnson has worked for several universities over the last decade including acting as the president of […]

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Prince’s Death is Finally Closed

Prince’s Death is Finally Closed

The case on Prince’s death has come to an end. Dr. Michael Todd had previously been accused of breaking the controlled substances act by prescribing medication for Prince to his bodyguard. Dr. Todd denies being part of Prince’s overdose but agreed to settle a federal civil violation by paying $30,000. Prosecutors of Prince’s case are filing no criminal charges for the […]

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Breckenridge Father Charged With Murder of his Toddler Son

Breckenridge Father Charged With Murder of his Toddler Son

A Breckenridge father is being charged with the murder of his toddler son after a week long investigation. The boy was found dead on April 10 in the father’s apartment in Breckenridge, Minnesota. According to WDAY-TV, 35-year-old Tracy Brant is being charged with the murder, third-degree assault, and malicious punishment of his 3-year-old son, Winter Barker.

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State-Run Pension Plans Facing Problems

State-Run Pension Plans Facing Problems

  A study on state-run pension plans for public workers reported that unfunded liability is at $1.4 trillion.   The Pew Charitable Trust claims that this underfunding is due to state officials in decades past raising retiree benefits without planning for ways to pay for them. Some states have been trying to balance the cost of pensions by using funds […]

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An Armed Arsonist Arrested for Attacking Two Firefighters

An Armed Arsonist Arrested for Attacking Two Firefighters

Two Firefighters have been reported to have sustained serious injuries and are currently in medical care after being attacked. A man beat the two firefighters with blunt objects when they responded to put out an RV fire in Linwood Township. After attacking the firefighters, the man climbed atop the burning roof arming himself with a knife. He refused to get down […]

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20th Aniversary of the Citizen Stream Monitoring Program

20th Aniversary of the Citizen Stream Monitoring Program

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Citizen Stream Monitoring Program. Since 1998 volunteers have been collecting data on stream clarity from bodies of water across Minnesota. This data has been used to make sure the water remains usable for recreational activities, such as fishing and swimming. Starting with 17 volunteers monitoring 22 sites, the program has […]

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Update on the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System

Update on the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System

Further investigation into the Minnesota Licensing and Registration Systems pinpointed what caused the system to struggle since its release in July. Law firm Everett & VanderWiel found that Former Chief Business Technology Officer Paul Meekin mishandled testing and management tasks such as communication and staffing. Meekin claims he was unaware of the problems before the release, and that having one person […]

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Iowa Replacing Corn Production With Soybean

Iowa Replacing Corn Production With Soybean

The state of corn may be becoming the state of soybeans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that Iowa has more farmers intending to plant soybean then corn this year. Which is a first in 35 years, last reported in 1983. The cost in producing corn is more expensive in than the cost of soybean production due to the need […]

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