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Feb 12, 2014

DNR: Cold spring didn’t curb 2013 park permit sales

Despite a slow, cold start to 2013, the state Department of Natural Resources reports that year-round state park permit sales in 2013 rose 2 percent over 2012 levels. Courtland Nelson, the DNR’s director of Parks and Trails, says the hike in year-round permit sales came as a pleasant surprise to park officials. “We were very interested and concerned about what our final totals were going[...]

Jan 22, 2014

Brad Lehto: A trusted voice of labor

To hear Brad Lehto speak of his role in fashioning the most significant workers’ compensation reform in two decades, you’d think he was a backbencher lucky enough just to be in the room.

Jan 22, 2014

Superfund sites: one off, nine on

A former garbage dump on the western reaches of downtown Minneapolis will be taken off the state’s list of contaminated Superfund sites if the agency’s citizens advisory panel agrees next month.

Jan 22, 2014

Humphrey School hosts legislative preview confab

Two key House leaders — Speaker Paul Thissen and Minority Leader Kurt Daudt — will square off in a Feb. 3 panel at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, in a preview of the upcoming legislative session.

Jan 8, 2014

Education Minnesota president Specht plots more collaborative course for union

Perhaps the most conspicuous thing about Denise Specht is that you can’t see her. Not on television, anyway. Unlike her predecessor, Specht’s face has not featured in a steady stream of television ads during her first six months on the job. “I think the biggest difference you will see is how we go about that,” says Specht.

Jan 8, 2014

New law aims to raise radon awareness

Homebuyers may now seek legal relief from sellers who fail to disclose the radon-level test results during sales transactions, under terms of a law that went into effect Jan. 1.

Jan 8, 2014

Minnesota’s export numbers inch upward

Minnesota exports in 2013’s third fiscal quarter barely inched upward compared to the same quarter of 2012, according to the Minnesota Trade Office.

Dec 31, 2013

Capitol 10: It’s ok, but…

The jobs numbers continue to improve, but is the news all good? We asked the Capitol Insiders what still needs to improve, and what can be done to make the numbers better.

Dec 25, 2013

Education commissioner has big dreams for MN

Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says she feels a “personal responsibility for making my world a better place.”

Dec 25, 2013

Board hits DFL’s Senate caucus unit with $100K fine

In 2012, the DFL and 13 of its Senate candidates benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars in falsely classified independent expenditures that in fact were paid for by the party.

Dec 18, 2013

Revenue to polish mobile app offerings, e-services

The Department of Revenue (DOR) wants you — to offer up some ideas for new mobile computer apps that you would like the agency to develop.

Dec 18, 2013

DLI mandates injury report e-filing

As of Jan. 1, the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) will require that businesses use electronic filing to submit First Report of Injury (FROI) forms.

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