Wisconsin lawmakers have given final approval to a proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers. Walker said he will sign the legislation as soon as possible. Wisconsin residents are reacting taco the fast-paced political action in Madison. We visited several border communities Thursday to sample opinion.
Millions of people nationally and thousands in Minnesota live and work in the country illegally, but nevertheless participate in the nation's annual tax-filing ritual.
Sharpshooters with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be out this weekend hunting deer north of Rochester to test for chronic wasting disease.
As the standoff continues in Madison over public employee benefits and bargaining rights, the debate has spread to communities across the state, including those along the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. We visited some of those communities and found that opinions are just as divided as they are in Madison.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-led legislature want to eliminate collective bargaining as one way to help cut that state's budget deficit.
The fatal brain disease, known as chronic wasting disease, or CWD, was found in one deer last fall south of Pine Island. It can also affect elk and moose. Beginning Monday, state officials will order a deer-feeding ban Monday to reduce the spread from deer-to-deer.
The DNR is issuing special hunting permits near the area where a wild deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease last fall. The permits allow landowners to shoot whitetail deer as part of a special harvest to test for the fatal brain disease.
Cathy Wurzer spoke with MPR reporter Elizabeth Baier from our Rochester bureau to talk about this and other stories in southeastern Minnesota.
The Mayo Clinic says it has received its
largest gift ever from a living individual.
Crime has become a hot topic in Rochester, even though the city's crime rate has remained virtually static in the past decade. But city and police officials say the perception of crime in Rochester is actually getting worse.
Some residents in Goodhue County have been fighting for years to prevent the construction of wind turbines near them. Meanwhile, the Red Wing city council recently approved a project that might turn the city into a training hub for people who work on turbines.
Earlier this year, more than 1,200 members of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls returned from a year-long deployment in Iraq. Now another 2,700 men and women are preparing for a new assignment. No one knows this routine of coming and going better than Col. Eric Kerska of Rochester, the 1st Brigade's commander.
In cities and towns across the state, more and more people are speaking a language other than English at home, according to new data. "I want for them to be bilingual," Maria Posada of Rochester said of her children.
The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has offered grants to more than 80 businesses affected by the September floods in southern Minnesota, officials announced this week.
During a visit to Rochester this Tuesday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty praised the city's major institutions, including the Mayo Clinic, IBM, and the University of Minnesota's Rochester campus. He said the three help make Rochester a significant player in issues affecting the entire state.
A new invasive plant called Oriental bittersweet has made its way into Minnesota this year. Infestations have been found in the Twin Cities metro area, as well as in southeastern Minnesota, near Winona.