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Senate Democrats stress education, reserves in budget plan

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 5:30pm
Minnesota Senate Democrats produced a two-year budget outline Friday that would commit $555 million more for education programs and sock $250 million extra into state reserves, a framework that lands them between the ambitions of Gov. Mark Dayton and majority House Republicans..

Vikings contributing $19.5 million more for stadium enhancements

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 5:30pm
It will be directed, among other things, toward plaza enhancements, food service equipment, seat upgrades and a deck that looks out toward Minneapolis, the team said.

Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer dies at 83

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:50pm
Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday.

Dayton proposes bigger penalties for poaching

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:50pm
He wants felony-level penalty for some violations, longer revocation of licenses.

Costs of major Minnesota Capitol renovation creeping up

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:50pm
A major renovation of the state Capitol is threatening to run $30 million over budget, state officials advised lawmakers Friday.

Michelle MacDonald alleges 'torture' after Dakota Co. courtroom clash

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:50pm
The former state Supreme Court candidate says in a federal suit that she suffered many of the 11 “internationally recognized forms of torture” when she was forced from the courtroom.

State revokes licenses of foster providers after 6-year-old's death

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:30pm
The state Department of Human Services has revoked the license of the foster home where 6-year-old Kendrea Johnson died last December, as well as the license of the agency that placed the girl in the home.

Burger Friday takes a break with 5 can't-miss picks for a fish fry

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:50pm
Burger Friday has given up hamburgers for Lent and is diving headlong into the Friday fish-fry ritual. Although none of these five yummy suggestions adhere to the all-you-can-eat tradition, they certainly embrace the fish-fry spirit.

Dakota County college to offer state's first brewing certificate

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:50pm
For those seeking a formal beer education, the state, and much of the Midwest, is dry.

Neighborhood concerns become obstacle to Nye's redevelopment

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:30pm
Under pressure from church members and other residents, a neighborhood association is putting its support for redevelopment of the Nye's site "on pause."

Valleyfair waterpark additions near finish line

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:10pm
Waterpark enthusiasts will be welcomed with massive new additions to Valleyfair’s Soak City Waterpark once it opens in May.

Live: Senate DFL proposes budget targets

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:50pm

Florida sheriff describes 'horrific' scene where brothers were shot

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:50pm
When a Florida sheriff's deputy responded to a 911 call of a shooting at a mobile home, he heard a chilling sound, a young, high-pitched voice screaming: "I've been shot. I've been shot."

Regulators approve rate hike for Xcel electric customers

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:50pm
Minnesota customers of Xcel Energy might get a slight refund on last year’s 4.6 percent interim electric rate hike, but any savings potentially will get eaten up by a second increase that kicks in later this year.

1 dead, 2 injured in fire at Woodbury senior living complex

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:50pm
A dispatcher with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the fire broke out around 4 a.m. at the Woodbury Health Care on the 7000 block of Lake Road. Several agencies and ambulances have responded to the scene.

Next Minnesota Orchestra season features Beethoven, Sibelius

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:30pm
First full season following lockout is long on traditional repertory.

High costs, low ridership bring end to college shuttle service

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:30pm
Five Twin Cities private colleges still working on plans to replace service next school year.

Deputies to step up patrols on Lake Minnetonka

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:50am
Conservation district grant will allow Sheriff’s Office to have deputy patrolling at peak times.

Federal complaint alleges Minneapolis school routinely violates special education students' rights

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:50am
The Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas asks for a federal investigation of Minneapolis Public Schools' Harrison Education Center, a long-standing subject of complaints involving special education students