St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Freeway congestion in the metro ticked up slightly last year, according to a new report. The percent of congested freeway miles was 24.2% last year — up from 23.2% in 2017, according to the 2018 Metropolitan Freeway System Congestion Report released Monday. That’s the highest percentage of congestion in the last 10 years.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Commerce Department is warning seniors about an investment scam involving precious metals. The California-based precious metals company Metals.com, which is not registered in Minnesota as a bullion dealer or investment advisor, is cold calling seniors across the U.S. trying to convince them their savings are not safe in traditional accounts, state officials said.
PINE SPRINGS, Minn. — Authorities say a bicyclist was fatally struck by a pickup truck Wednesday afternoon, June 5, in the Washington County community of Pine Springs. According to the State Patrol, the collision happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. at Minnesota 36 and Hilton Trail.
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.