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Area school closings for Feb. 20, 2019

The following area schools are closed Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, due to snow.

MNLARS needs at least $61M: Walz proposes fee hikes to pay for it

Gov. Tim Walz, second from right, shares a laugh with Steve Erickson, right, and state Sen. John Jasinski, R-Faribault, outside Hanscom Motor Vehicle Office in Faribault on Thursday, Feb. 14. Getting a new plate for his truck has taken about a year and a half, Erickson said. The delays have been due to new state software that's been fraught with bugs. Jacob Swanson / Faribault Daily News

Here's a quick look at what's in Gov. Tim Walz's first budget request

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, presented his first budget proposal, which included a gas tax hike and more funding for schools. Dana Ferguson / FORUM NEWS SERVICE
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday, Feb. 19, presented his first budget proposal which came with a $49.5 billion price tag for the next two years. It includes ...

Who’s getting Met Council money? East Metro transit projects get funded

PAUL — Every two years, the Metropolitan Council distributes roughly $200 million in federal funding to municipalities and local authorities to support regional transportation needs. The “Regional Solicitation” can be ...

What does it take to score 100 goals in high school? Wadena's Max Phillips knows.

WADENA, Minn. — When Max Phillips first laced up a pair of hockey skates, he hated it. But watching his older brother, Dylan, the game continued to draw him back ...
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New Life Academy takes second in One Act sections

WOODBURY -- Their performnce of “Alice” earned the cast of New Life Academy 2nd place In Section 4 of the Minnesota State High School League One Act Play Festival. The ...
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'Senator next door' Klobuchar makes stop in Iowa

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota holds her hands above her head Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, as she tells two young fans in Albia, Iowa, about her snowy presidential campaign announcement a week earlier in Minneapolis. She made three Iowa stops during the weekend. Don Davis / Forum News Service1 / 2
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar tells a Knoxville, Iowa, Sunday, Feb. 17, soup lunch crowd why she should be president. It came a week after she announced she was running. Don Davis / Forum News Service2 / 2
ALBIA, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is introducing herself to politically important Iowans as the senator next door. The Minnesota Democrat, a week into her presidential run, told those ...

Learn about care for pancreatic diseases in the Twin Cities

The Minnesota chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation and the University of Minnesota Medical Center are holding an educational event for patient, caregiver and family-centered care for pancreatic diseases. The ...

Failures, flawed decisions spurred problems with MNLARS launch, report says

ST. PAUL -- A series of failures and flawed decisions at nearly every step of the rollout of the state's computer system used to get vehicle titles and license plate ...

Sen. Smith, Senate Dems demand information on rising insulin costs

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., and eight other Democratic senators have sent a letter to U.S. insulin producers asking for an explanation for why their prices continue to rise. ...


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