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Solar energy rates poised for major makeover

Minnesota lawmakers have been trying for decades to foster so-called distributed generation of electricity, in which small renewable wind and solar energy producers operate as a counterpart to big power plants. But after a jumpstart last legislative session, solar energy policies in Minnesota could get their biggest makeover in 20 years.

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LCCMR weighs studies of declining bee population

In all, the LCCMR received 192 proposals that totaled approximately $111.5 million. The LCCMR, which will have a total of $29.6 million at its disposal from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, is scheduled to make its funding recommendations to the 2014 Legislature at its meetings next Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Vikings, Stadium Authority ink deal

The Minnesota Vikings and the public owners of their future stadium in downtown Minneapolis have reached agreement on lease and financing terms. The two sides also reached an accord on a controversial provision to sell personal seat licenses to help the Vikings cover their $477 million share of the $975 million stadium's cost.

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Shift payback news a boon to DFL House

The resolution of the 2011 Minnesota government shutdown produced one of the main talking points that DFLers rode to control of the Legislature in the 2012 elections. Despite DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s hand in agreeing to the budget solution, House and Senate DFLers hammered the Republican legislative majorities for delaying aid payments to schools as part of the negotiated fix to a $5 billion deficit that led to the impasse.

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State to buy down $636 million in school shifts

Starting later in October, Minnesota schools will start seeing some more of the money that state lawmakers in 2011 delayed to plug a multi-billion dollar budget deficit. Improved tax collections and less spending than anticipated allow for the state to pay $636 million to schools that were delayed to address a $5 billion budget deficit.

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