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Mar 12, 2014

No kidding: Ag wants to promote goat meat

With an influx of immigrants partial to it, and more upscale restaurants offering it as a specialty dish, the state is seeing an upsurge in interest in goat meat.

Mar 12, 2014

Rivers to take over DNR parks and trails

Erika Rivers will take over a division with a $103 million annual budget and a staff of 1,200 full- and part-time employees.

Mar 5, 2014

The push for judicial retention elections

A bipartisan effort led by the Coalition for Impartial Justice is proposing a system of judicial review and retention elections to avoid the highly charged, politically explosive contests common in Wisconsin, Texas and other states.

Mar 5, 2014

New rules mean Supreme Court reduces paper intake

The Minnesota Supreme Court won’t have as much paper to kick around anymore. That is because late last month, the Judicial Branch decreed that litigants whose cases are scheduled to go before the Supremes must no longer file in excess of a dozen copies of their paper briefs. Now they need file only five paper copies, says Judicial Branch communications specialist Kyle Christopherson. Th[...]

Mar 5, 2014

Report: A dozen Minnesota schools ‘in trouble’ financially

A dozen school “units” — seven independent school districts and five charter schools — were in “statutory operating debt” at the close of fiscal year 2013, according to a Department of Education report that has been forwarded to legislators. The schools were in statutory operating debt by an average of 11.5 percent beyond their general fund budgets. The numbers at individual school [...]

Feb 26, 2014

Amy Koch: Moving on

After enduring one of Minnesota public life’s most humiliating episodes in recent memory, former GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch has turned the page.

Feb 26, 2014

Study: Health care home model reduces costs 9%

A report by University of Minnesota researchers shows that the so-called “health care home” business model reduced Medicaid costs by 9.2 percent between 2010 and 2012.

Feb 26, 2014

Waterfront business owners subject to invasive species lessons

The Department of Natural Resources has launched several months of training sessions to help river and lakeside business owners comply with law changes aimed at squelching invasive species’ spread.

Feb 19, 2014

Thinking locally, acting globally

Kathleen Motzenbecker leverages foreign policy credentials to generate international investment in Minnesota business.

Feb 19, 2014

MNsure call center adding 100 workers

Fifty new customer services representatives were added to the MNsure call center as of Feb. 12. An additional 50 workers will be added by Feb. 26, after they complete a week’s training, according to MNsure’s interim CEO.

Feb 19, 2014

Ruling: Candidates can’t raise cash for super PACs, benefit later

A recent request before the state Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board may demonstrate just how close to the legal boundaries some Minnesota political candidates hope to operate in the post-Citizens United era.

Feb 12, 2014

Community developers’ group is part of coalition for affordable homes

Why help one person at a time when you can help so many more? That was Darielle Dannen’s reasoning when she decided to apply her legal skills to assisting low-income people with housing problems and business goals.

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