Author: Nicholas Baggenstoss

MNLARS

Gov. Tim Walz wants the state to pull the plug on the troubled vehicle registration system known as MNLARS. Walz says to replace the system software used by other states. He accepts the conclusions of a expert panel that recommended freezing further development of MNLARS and replace it with a turnkey, packaged software solution. The change will cost taxpayers about […]

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Cold Case Solved

A judge in Minnesota has found a man guilty in the 1983 killing of a teenager in Minneapolis. Judge Tamara Garcia filed her verdict Wednesday and plans to follow up with written findings. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says 64-year-old Darrell Rea has been convicted of second-degree murder for the death of 17-year-old Laurie Mesedahl. According to police, Mesedahl was […]

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Midwest Economy

A new report says an April survey of business supply managers hints there will be economic growth in the Midwest and Plains states. The Mid-American Business Conditions Index dropped to 55.9 last month form 58.2 in March. The survey indexes range from zero to 100. Any score over 50 suggests growth. A score below that suggests decline. The survey covers […]

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Ambulance Driver Sentenced

An ambulance driver has been sentenced to probation for a crash that killed her co-worker in Hennepin County. 28-year-old Susanna Battig pleaded guilty to careless driving in an October 2017 crash that killed Marina Desteno Challeen. She crashed the ambulance into a disabled semi. Battig was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and pay $1700 in restitution and court […]

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Renaming of State Park

A local state park on the St. Croix River rename proposal has been dropped after strong opposition for local residents. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler proposed renaming Interstate Park after former Vice President Walter Mondale. Mondale helped preserve the St. Croix and other waterways in the 1960s by sponsoring the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

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Farmers Budget Bill

The Minnesota Senate has passes a budget bill to fund agriculture, rural development, and affordable housing. The bill focuses on rural broadband expansion, invests in affordable home ownership, prioritizes value-added agriculture opportunities that impact farmers, and mental health services for farmers.

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Rice Elementary

A elementary school in Rice has been awarded authorization as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School. The Primary Years Programme is designed for students ages 3 to 12 and focuses on the development of the whole child both in the classroom and world outside. Rice Elementary is 1 of 24 Minnesota elementary schools to earn the honor and authorization […]

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Dakota County Jail

Toddler Killed Plea

The boyfriend of a foster mother has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a three-year-old boy who was in her care. Twenty-eight-year-old Charles Homich entered the plea in Dakota County Tuesday in death of Zayden Lawson in June 2017. The foster mother is also charged in the death. Sentencing is scheduled for August 13.

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U of M Professor Assault

A professor at the University of Minnesota has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors for assaulting his girlfriend in their apartment. 47-year-old Aaron Doering pleaded guilty to domestic assault by strangulation on Thursday. As part of his plea deal, Doering will be sentenced to 365 days in the workhouse. He will only have to serve 185 days if he successfully […]

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Light Rail Death

The Metro Transit Police report a man has died after falling form a light rail platform in Minneapolis. Authorities say a man was pulled under the train early Saturday on the Green Line platform at the Stadium Village station, which is on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Spokesman for the Metro Transit Howie Padilla says police will review […]

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