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Auditor report details special district finances

The Office of the State Auditor has released its analysis of the finances of more than 550 special governmental districts that range from the Metropolitan Council to local watershed districts. As has been the case in the past, the report that covers 2011 shows that the special districts overall spend more than they take in. But the Auditor Rebecca Auditor cautioned that the overall numbers can’t easily be rendered as a blanket statement on the finances of all of the state’s special districts.

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Dayton urges stadium authority to limit Wilfs’ PSL fees

Dayton issued a letter to "strongly urge" the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority not allow Vikings team owners Mark and Zygi Wilf to pay for large amounts of their share of the stadium costs with personal seat licenses. The authority and the Vikings are negotiating the terms of the team's lease and financing for the downtown Minneapolis stadium that is expected to break ground this fall.

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Study: Warmer northern winters, fewer pike and walleyes

Conservation advocates and fisheries scientists are calling attention to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation that makes the case that climate change poses a significant threat to freshwater species of fish. Minnesota is singled out in the report as a state that is seeing changes due to warmer temperatures that could prove detrimental to lake and river fish that can only live in cold waters.

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