Bills related to mining tend to divide lawmakers in ways other environmental proposals don’t.
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The decision to expand in Thief River Falls heartened the town of 8,600, whose identity has become increasingly tied to the fortunes of the growing company.
MinnPost’s first MinnPost Social in Greater Minnesota featured writers Gregg Aamot and Greta Kaul.
Republicans weren’t exactly keen on the DFL’s priority on child care — expanding CCAP — before the audit, and the report has heightened their opposition.
The Wilder report found other notable trends among Minnesota’s homeless population. Among them: that the number of people sleeping under bridges, alongside roads or in vehicles — anywhere outside — has more than doubled since 2015.
“We want to make sure that if and when that growth hits us that we are prepared for it,” said Beth Carlson, the mayor of Lewiston.
The push to address the issue of mental health, in particular, has been infused with a sense of urgency after lawmakers in St. Paul recently learned of two farmer suicides.
Methadone, the drug commonly used to curb withdrawal symptoms as a person tapers off heroin, requires supervised daily dosing — which is available in very few cities in Greater Minnesota.
Wildwoods is the only major, take-all-comers wildlife rehab center in northern Minnesota, a sanctuary for animals — and people.
It’s a question counties and townships across Minnesota have explored. Some have opted to enact some kind of local ordinance to give them control over livestock operations that continue to grow larger as the total number of farms shrinks.
Such micro-branding efforts have roots in what marketers call “place branding” – efforts by regions or states to create a unique sense of place.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing to allocate $70 million for internet projects. But even that funding would only go so far toward the state’s ultimate goal — to bring much faster universal internet to everyone in Minnesota by 2016.
When the Legislature begins its work Jan. 8, a battery of lobbyists for Greater Minnesota interests will be there, arguing for a variety of proposals that they believe will boost the rural economy.
The developments left political opponents and environmental groups reeling, even as an attempt to cement a critical land-exchange between PolyMet and the U.S. Forest Service fell apart on Thursday.
An FAQ about the $2.6 billion project.
Speaking at Fleming Field airport in South St. Paul, Peterson offered some insights on the legislation — and the political dynamics of why it took so long for lawmakers to reach an agreement.
Despite a population of fewer than 25,000 people, Faribault has four major employers owned by companies outside of the U.S., an abundance of foreign investment that experts say is unique of for such a small city.
Environmental groups don’t expect a much of a change on two of the state’s most fiercely-contested natural resources projects: PolyMet’s proposed copper-nickel mine and Enbridge’s plan to replace an aging oil pipeline.
Low-property-wealth rural districts — knowing that their taxpayers have to shoulder a higher proportion of any referendum ask — are being forced to triage their bonding asks.
Exactly what policies the DFL may be able to send to Walz’s desk with a new House majority is far from clear. But Tuesday’s election results may be as much about what won’t get passed by the Legislature as what will get through.