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Minnesotans entitled to share in $49 million of new individual income tax breaks should wait a week and a half to file tax returns, state revenue officials say. “It will allow them to get their refunds quicker,” Assistant Revenue Commissioner Terri Steenblock said Monday. If taxpayers who qualify for one of 10 new breaks file returns now, Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans added, it could be months before they get their refunds. If they wait to file until April 3, tax officials expect software and tax preparers to be ready to handle law changes state legislators and Gov.
FARGO – Battle Lake boys basketball coach Dan Peterka was named section coach of the year by the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association. Under Peterka, Battle Lake went 27-1 with its...
FARGO – The Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association announced its awards for coach of the year of each section. Ada-Borup’s David Smart won in Class 1A, Section 6, Verndale’s Art...
ST. PAUL — About 38,000 state workers are due to get raises after the House and Senate approved contracts. Members of several state worker unions last year approved the contract. It gives them a 3 percent raise each year in the current two-year budget, but also requires employees to pay more toward insurance. Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, said private employees are not seeing the same size raises.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. – The death of a 4-year-old Pelican Rapids girl, who fell ill after becoming infected with a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria, was an isolated case, a health official said Monday. Sophia Amy Odens started having flu-like symptoms Feb. 5, and she was hospitalized the next day in Detroit Lakes, according to her obituary, which ran Sunday in The Forum. Odens was soon transferred to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, and tests revealed she was infected with the O157:H7 strain of E. coli.
Spring has officially arrived, but we still have plenty of ice on the area lakes. It looks like we will continue to have ice available for ice anglers for at least the next two or three weeks (or four or five!). The season is closed for walleye, northern, and bass in our area, but avid ice anglers that enjoy chasing pan fish will enjoy the next several weeks. Pan fish action in the shallow water will continue to improve with the improving weather.
With warm weather on the way, many all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders are anxious to hit the trails, but the Department of Natural Resources reminds riders to be aware of riding restrictions in some parts of the state due to wet conditions or closures. Between April 1 and Aug.
FARGO – Nancy Stromback was suddenly overcome by weakness two weeks ago while preparing to run an errand and was unable to move from the driver’s seat of her van. One of her daughters found her two hours later, and she was rushed by ambulance to the hospital in nearby Park Rapids, Minn., where doctors diagnosed a heart attack. At Essentia Health in Fargo, where she was transferred, a surgeon repaired two faulty valves in her heart. A few days after that major surgery, the cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr.
David Sobieski of rural Perham for 2B and Roger Erickson of rural Baudette for 2A were endorsed as state representative candidates by Democractic-Farmer-Labor Party members from Senate District 2 during its endorsing convention on Friday. Sobieski, a small businessman from rural Perham —Butler Township in Otter Tail County—is running for public office for the first time as he vows to upset Freshman HD 2B Republican Steve Green in this fall’s general election. Rep. Erickson entered the legislature in the same freshman class of 2012 as Green.