Governor Tim Walz and legislative leaders have agreements on most of the state budget bills -- but three of the most difficult remain, with eight days until state government shutdown. Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said late Tuesday: "Two out of three, for all intents and purposes, are done." Those two are state government and health-and-human-services. The public safety funding bill reportedly remains stalemated over police reforms: "There's at least five what we would consider police accountability measures that we would take. There's not many more that we would take, if any more." Democrats want a much longer list, sparked [...]
A vote is expected in the Minnesota House today (Wed) on a transportation funding bill after the governor and legislative leaders agreed to a compromise package. "It is vital that the state of Minnesota have a good, sound, modern transportation system." ...Republican Senator Scott Newman from Hutchinson. Democrats pushed unsuccessfully for a gas tax increase indexed to inflation and a metro area sales tax increase for transit. Minneapolis Representative Frank Hornstein says long-term funding is required for much-needed improvements: "That would have provided sustainable funding for a number of our priorities and initiatives." Republicans said "no" to any tax increases -- [...]
Governor Tim Walz and legislative leaders have agreed on the biggest component of the state budget -- the E-12 education funding bill -- with final votes possible later in the week or by the weekend. Republican Senator Roger Chamberlain from Lino Lakes says it's the biggest increase for public schools in 15 years (about 2.5 percent the first year, and an additional two percent the second): "It's gonna be over a billion dollars -- a billion dollars in four years just on the formula for the classroom funding -- and that was our goal: get as much in there as we [...]
More and more Minnesotans are booking flights as COVID numbers stay down and most restrictions are lifted... "It does really feel like the light is not just at the end of the tunnel, but we're at the end of the tunnel now and we're getting ready to back to something really pretty darn close to normal." Thrifty Traveler's Kyle Potter says there are still some good deals on flights--especially for people who are in a position to book flights on short notice.
(Eagan, MN) -- Three juveniles are in custody after a fireworks display was set on fire in a HyVee in Eagan. The blaze started yesterday afternoon in the store on Central Park Commons Drive. Firefighters doused the flames and no one was hurt. The HyVee is shut down until further notice.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Minneapolis City Councilman Andrew Johnson is backing the renaming of a street named after a former city leader who embraced some of the beliefs of Adolf Hitler. A petition drive has already gathered 750 signatures to take the name Charles Dight off the street sign in South Minneapolis. He was a council member in 1914 and supported Hitler's plan to sterilize those with mental disabilities. City Council and Mayor Jacob Frery would have to approve any proposed name change.
(Robbinsdale, MN) -- Close to 30 people are homeless after an apartment fire in Robbinsdale. The blaze broke out early this morning on 38th and France Avenue North. The flames were contained to the apartment and no one was hurt. Water damage caused the gas and power to get shut down.
(Lakeville, MN) -- Police are investigating after a female was found dead near a childcare facility in Lakeville. The discovery was made early this morning in a parking lot near New Horizon Academy, located at the corner of County Road 50 and Dodd Boulevard. A man is in custody in connection with the incident.
(St. Cloud, MN) -- The man accused of randomly shooting and killing another man in the doorway of his house in Saint Cloud is charged with second-degree murder. Jason Beckman of Duluth was charged Tuesday. He's accused of shooting Edward Ward Sunday morning. Police say Beckman claimed he thought Ward was someone who pointed a gun at him earlier this month.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- More human remains are found in Minneapolis. Police say the remains were found in the Seward neighborhood Tuesday morning. Police believe the remains are the same as remains that were found in two separate locations last week. Police believe all of them belong to a man named Adam Johnson. No details have been released surrounding his death and a homicide investigation is underway.