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County’s land buy could block Crystal rail connection

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:57am
The Hennepin County Board approved a $1.8 million purchase agreement for the property at 5170 West Broadway, a strategic move meant to block a proposed connection between a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. spur and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. tracks.

Do not feed the bears and do not steal the fish

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:52am
The Senate Judiciary Committee stripped a provision making certain poaching offenses felonies.

Let tort claims of the dead live on, committee says

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:49am
Sen. Ron Latz said the proposed legislation “will realign the tort system to be consistent with its very premise” — creating a legal exposure that provides incentives “to do a better job.”

Reflections on segregation in the Twin Cities

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:42pm
Decisions on housing and education reform fuel persistent racial segregation.

Dayton plan sets up budget negotiations

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:16pm
Governor’s proposal to spend the $1.9 billion surplus faces resistance from the GOP.

House MNsure critics don’t wait for task force findings

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:09pm
Republicans have begun pressing forward with a plan to write MNsure out of the state’s control and shift Minnesota on to the federally based exchange through Healthcare.gov.

St. Croix bridge segments take shape

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:02pm
Crews of carpenters, ironworkers and quality control experts, clad in yellow safety vests and orange hard hats, are carefully crafting the giant concrete puzzle pieces that will go into the bridge that is so far on schedule to open in 2016.

Dayton seeks bonding, taxes to improve rail safety

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:56pm
Gov. Mark Dayton's plan is designed to prevent catastrophic derailments of trains carrying Bakken crude oil through the state and to provide better access for first responders in areas where daily rail congestion causes traffic delays.

Federal rules cause delay, hike cost for Gateway study

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:49pm
The Federal Transit Administration wants more details about the Gateway Corridor bus rapid transit plan, which will delay the project and increase the price tag.

Region’s park-and-ride use is half of capacity

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:43pm
An overview by Metro Transit found that there are about 18,265 park-and-ride users in a system with about 32,000 spaces, or a 56 percent usage rate.

The trouble with nonconforming property

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:27pm
Landowners may find it difficult to sell nonconforming property following a zoning change and the value of property tends to be less after it becomes nonconforming.

Dayton, farm groups square off over water

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 1:54pm
Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for a 50-foot buffer zone around all — or nearly all — of the state’s rivers, lakes and streams, tripling the current buffer standard of 16.5 feet.

Math lesson: Education bill numbers reflect priorities

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 1:48pm
A bill by DFL Sen. Terri Bonoff that mirrors teacher layoff provisions in the House bill appears down the list of priorities for the Senate majority.

Forget spring: Vikings stadium preps for snowfall

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 1:34pm
Crews will soon begin to install components of a system that will work to keep snow and ice from accumulating atop the stadium – and prevent disasters such as the December 2010 Metrodome roof collapse.

Historic farm’s leaky visitor center will soon be history

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 1:24pm
The 1970s-era visitor center at the Oliver Kelly Farm will soon be replaced as the Minnesota Historical Society gets ready to launch a $10.5 million project that will include a new visitor center and other upgrades.

Design Ready Controls gets state grant to help with expansion

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 1:19pm
The electrical control panel provider is planning a 100,000-square-foot building to consolidate its office, warehouse and production space in Brooklyn Park.

Metro Transit plans a ‘better bus stop experience’

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 1:16pm
Metro Transit has installed 22 new shelters and is conducting site assessments to see where to build hundreds of other new shelters and replacements and add amenities like light and heat throughout the region.

Every Hand Joined helps students succeed

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 2:14pm
Red Wing is aggressively getting its act together for an increasingly diverse and disadvantaged young population, all under the banner of a new organization called Every Hand Joined.

Campus sexual assault bill advances in House

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 2:05pm
The bill would inscribe numerous mandatory rules for how schools investigate allegations of sexual assault.

House lawmakers reach deal on license readers

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 1:57pm
The compromise would let law enforcement agencies retain LPR information that was not part of an active investigation for up to 30 days.