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COLA presents annual awards
School Starts: Enrollment even higher than expected
Another year of successful turtle races
Hoot’s Sports recognized platinum dealer
Sturdevant named Rotarian of the year: Additional Rotarians recognized for Paul Harris contributions
Quick start for Yellowjackets at Shocky Strand
Otter Tail Lakes Country Fishing Report
VB: Yellowjackets get revenge on Thief River Falls
East Grand Forks outlasts Perham
Boys cross country returns with a lot of experience
Beulah "Bea" Crabb
Haverland ~ Hardy
Births this week
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Births this week
Heartfelt memories of a long-standing family tradition
‘Vote No’ source shouldn’t be anonymous
Keeping roads safe, now and for the long haul
Corny story: moonshining with Minnesota 13
Step back in time at Finn Creek Folk Festival
Puppet Pageant, parades and corn
July 20, 2011
New state budget allows state workers to work
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state employees gradually head back to work beginning Thursday, ending one of the longest state government shutdowns in American history. A record-large $35.7 billion, two-year budget that legislators passed early Wednesday, and Gov. Mark Dayton signed into...
July 20, 2011 - 11:08am
Bars may buy alcohol again
ST. PAUL -- Bits and pieces from the Minnesota budget debate and government shutdown: -- A bill legislators passed early Wednesday allows bars and restaurants with expired liquor-buying permits to continue to make alcohol purchases until July 31.
July 20, 2011 - 11:05am
July 19, 2011
Special session starts today, shutdown ends soon
ST. PAUL -- 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...
state / News
July 19, 2011 - 1:10pm
July 18, 2011
Closed Capitol, closed meetings, but no closed budget deal
ST. PAUL -- Details of Minnesota's next budget slowly took shape Sunday behind closed doors in a state Capitol closed to the public, but a state government shutdown will not end as early as state leaders hoped. A planned Monday special legislative session to pass a budget is out...
state / News
July 18, 2011 - 8:59am
July 15, 2011
Monday is the target for Minnesota's special legislative session
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota leaders hope a special legislative session starts Monday to finish the state budget and end a state government shutdown. Gov. Mark Dayton said on Minnesota Public Radio this noon that he and legislative leaders set a 10 p.m.
state / News
July 15, 2011 - 2:24pm
July 14, 2011
Minnesota leaders announce budget deal 'framework'
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota government could reopen within days if what appears to be a fragile budget agreement holds up. Democratic Gov.
state / News
July 14, 2011 - 5:50pm
Budget talks back on after Dayton drops tax hike
MINNEAP0LIS -- 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...
July 14, 2011 - 1:04pm
July 12, 2011
Dayton takes budget message around Minnesota
ST. PAUL - Gov.
July 12, 2011 - 2:31pm
July 8, 2011
Political Notebook: Budget deal up to legislative leaders, governor
ST. PAUL -- Back in 2005, when Minnesota faced a smaller government shutdown than it is enduring today, individual legislators tried to find a solution to budget problems. They met in "rump" groups (a small part of the legislative body with no real authority) to draw up ideas about...
July 8, 2011 - 1:33pm
Shutdown could slow Wadena tornado recovery
The Minnesota state shutdown is being felt in different ways around Wadena, even with entities not directly tied to the government. Even though the Wadena Otter Tail Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) runs on private donations, its work has also been restricted by a domino effect:...
July 8, 2011 - 1:25pm
July 7, 2011
Let us know: How is the shutdown affecting you?
Now that the state government shutdown has arrived, we wants to know how it is affecting people in East Otter Tail County. Will you be inconvenienced by not being able to buy a fishing license, take a driver's test or buy lottery tickets? Comment on this article, or send an email...
July 7, 2011 - 9:00am
July 5, 2011
Minnesota government shutdown, Day 5: Budget talks to resume
ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders meet this afternoon today to restart budget talks and end the state government shutdown, but there was no hope of quick deal. Dayton asked for the meeting and Senate Republicans confirmed the invitation has been accepted. In the...
July 5, 2011 - 11:38am
July 3, 2011
Shutdown Notebook: Closed parks first place people see shutdown
ST. PAUL -- The most noticeable impact of Minnesota's government shutdown was predictable: state park users on a holiday weekend. "We're 400...
July 3, 2011 - 11:05am
July 1, 2011
A new day, a new experience: Minnesota government shutdown
ST. PAUL - Minnesotans woke up to fog along Lake Superior and sweltering heat in the south. Many headed out for a four-day holiday weekend while others just headed to work. But more than 20,000 state workers are off the job, laid off by the state's worst-ever government shutdown,...
July 1, 2011 - 11:17am
June 30, 2011
Shutdown arrives as Dayton, GOP lawmakers unable to agree on budget
ST. PAUL -- Political differences separating Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislators when they took office at the first of this...
June 30, 2011 - 11:05pm