St. Paul Pioneer Press
Minnesota was named the third best state in the nation by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday. The Best States rankings evaluate all 50 states based on criteria such as health care, education, economy and infrastructure. Washington took the top spot with New Hampshire following. Minnesota is the only state to rank in the top three each of the past three years, coming in second in 2018 and third in 2017, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported .
ST. PAUL — State lawmakers will come together to appoint new members to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents after all, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported .
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — A portion of the roof of the Cattle Barn at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds collapsed Tuesday evening, March 12, weighted down by successive rounds of snow and rain. The Falcon Heights building, which is used mainly for storage during the offseason, was unoccupied at the time of the collapse and no one was injured, the Minnesota State Fair said in a news release.
WASHINGTON — A Washington-based election watchdog has filed a complaint against 3M Co., accusing the Minnesota-based company of violating a campaign finance rule that bars government contractors from donating to political groups.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Senate Republicans doubled their one-seat majority Tuesday, Feb. 5, as voters cast ballots in a special election in east-central Minnesota. With all precincts reporting, Republican state Rep. Jason Rarick, of Pine City, defeated Democrat Stu Lourey by 52 percent to 46 percent. Republicans had just a one-seat majority in the Senate before newly elected Gov. Tim Walz appointed Democrat Tony Lourey to his Cabinet. The Senate is their only lever of power at the Capitol, and flipping the District 11 seat added to their margin.
ST. PAUL — The price of admission to the Great Minnesota Get-Together is going up this year — it’s the first such price hike in two years. That is the bad news. The good news is that you can score tickets at 2018 prices through Feb. 1 via the State Fair website. On Feb. 2, ticket prices go up as follows: •Regular gate admission for those 13-64 will be $15. •Children 5-12 and seniors 65 and over will pay $13. •Children 4 and younger will get in free.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota manufacturers are starting the year with an optimistic outlook, with most saying they expect business conditions to either improve or stay the same in 2019. That was the takeaway from an annual survey released Monday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Most of the 249 state manufacturers who responded to the survey in November said their business had improved or remained stable in 2018.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz named the former head of the St. Paul teachers union to head the state’s Department of Education. In a second round of leadership announcements this week, Walz named several future commissioners with east metro ties, including Mary Cathryn Ricker to become the state’s education commissioner. Ricker served as president of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers union during the recession and helped it earn recognition for its efforts to boost student outcomes.
TAMARACK, Wis. -- An owl in far western Wisconsin had the good fortune to survive a collision with a car, which left it impaled by the vehicle’s grill. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, a motorist called on Sunday morning, Sept. 23, to report that he had killed an owl while driving on a local road the night before in Trempealeau County.
ST. PAUL -- Statewide, 106,061 people have requested absentee-voting ballots just six days into the early voting period, according to Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. Of those ballots, 11,353 have already been accepted. The high numbers build off the record-setting voter turnout in the August primary — the highest since 1994. Simon said this is an indication that Minnesota is “on track to maintain our number one in the country status for voter participation.”