When Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders struck a budget deal last month, lots of attention was paid to the $200 million cut to Local Government Aid, what the state had promised cities to help with their local budgets.
Another change got less attention. But the elimination of the Market Value Homestead Credit could have an even bigger impact on your property taxes.
Rural areas long have had difficulty maintaining hospitals and attracting doctors, but political, economic and demographic changes are adding to the burden.
Service trips in the wilderness give people an opportunity to see land they otherwise wouldn't, and to become part of a constituency of quiet.
The greatest portion of those unconnected to the Internet say the reason is they aren't interested and see no need. Dozens of people from around Minnesota who are trying to change that notion gathered in St. Cloud on Wednesday.
Minnesota residents' concerns about the economy apparently have eased, and education and government budgets now top the list of what people worry about when it comes to the state's quality of life, according to a new Wilder Research report.
Faced with a need to make important government budget decisions, Minnesotans say they would rather reform the way education, health care and social programs work than simply reduce spending on them.
Minnesota cities have continued the trend of relying increasingly on property taxes to pay for the services they provide, a state auditor's report shows. The report shows that over the past decade cities have both raised property tax revenue and spent less money overall.
For the next two years, a couple hundred people in central Minnesota will be arguing -- with civility they hope -- about how to fix transportation, housing, land use and the economy.
The state Commerce Department and the organization Connect Minnesota on Thursday are going to unveil the latest report on the status of broadband availability in the state, and it shows again the wide disparity in access to the Internet around the state.
As many as one in 10 Americans can't get
Internet connections that are fast enough for common online activities such as watching video or teleconferencing, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. It unveiled a detailed online map showing what types of high-speed Internet connections are available in every last corner of the country.
Last month, money started flowing through a stimulus grant aimed at getting more Minnesotans to make better use of the broadband access they already have.
More than 50 elected officials -- county commissioners, city council members, township board supervisors -- gathered in the Arlington Community Center last night to inch ahead a plan to lay fiber optic lines to every home and business in the county plus those in and around neighboring Fairfax in Renville County.
The people charged with tracking whether Minnesota is keeping up with broadband access to the Internet have produced their first tally, and you have to conclude the picture is mixed at best.
Partly because of the federal stimulus and partly for other reasons, people all over Minnesota are pushing projects to improve broadband access to the Internet.
Residents rural central Minnesota have launched started a conversation, not just about whether to build a fiber optic network that would give them world-class Internet access, but about how to share the cost burden between town and farm.