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New water systems coming to Minnesotta

New water systems coming to Minnesotta

The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority has decided to approve a plan to increase funding for water and infrastructure throughout the state of Minnesota.  The plan will bring an estimated $28.35 million dollars, the funds will mostly be used to fix and change old equipment used in water systems.  “I’m working hard to rebuild infrastructure in every corner of our state,” […]

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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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Duluth Diocese reaches settlement with abuse victims

Duluth Diocese reaches settlement with abuse victims

The Diocese of Duluth has reached a settlement with dozens of people who say they were abused as children by priests.  The attorney of the 125 claimants says the agreement requires the Diocese to pay the victims $40 million dollars and release the files of 37 priests who have been credibly accused.  the settlement requires the Diocese and other Catholic […]

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MN rep. Ilhan Omar: Noor conviction ” an important step towards justice.”

MN rep. Ilhan Omar: Noor conviction ” an important step towards justice.”

Minnesota rep. Ilhan Omar said the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond is “an important step towards justice” and a victory in the fight against police brutality.  But Omar also pointed out on twitter wednesday that Noor’s conviction comes after numerous acquittals of white officers who killed people of color.  […]

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Julian Assange Sentenced

Julian Assange Sentenced

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has been sentenced by British judge to 50 weeks in prison for jumping bail in 2012.  Judge Deborah Taylor said Assange merited the near maximum sentence because of the seriousness of his crime.  Supporters of Assange chanted “shame on you” at the judge as Assange was led away.

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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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Gasoline Tax Increase

Gasoline Tax Increase

The Minnesota House passed the state Governor, Tim Walz’s plan to increase the gasoline tax by 20-cents per gallon.  The vote ended 74-58 as the Democrats seek a stable revenue source for bridge and road improvements.  The new tax would increase by 5-cents for the next four years until it reaches it’s fullest level, the Senate and Governor still need […]

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Gun Control Proposals

Gun Control Proposals

The Minnesota House narrowly approved a public safety bill that included two gun control proposals.  House Democrats included a provision to require background checks for all gun transfers and another measure that would allow authorities to temporarily confiscate guns from those deemed a threat to themselves or others.  Republican Senate Majority Leader, Paul Gazelka says the two proposals are a […]

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