A petition from two key Minnesota GOP lawmakers today to order work to resume on many of the state's shuttered road projects was taken under advisement by the judge appointed to rule on essential government services.
A group of Stillwater residents and river protection organizations proposed a more modest bridge that will cost half as much as the existing plan.
Supporters of an alternative Stillwater bridge plan say they'll release details of the proposal this Tuesday afternoon.
The Federal Housing Administration will offer a 12-month grace period on federally-backed mortgages to out-of-work borrowers.
Minnesota's two most populous counties say nearly all their services are intact on day six of the state government shutdown. However, officials in the two counties say they are worried about timely arrival of state dollars which fund many of their services.
A Marine from Maplewood is Minnesota's most recent casualty in the war in Afghanistan.
Construction is continuing on the Central Corridor light rail project between Minneapolis and St. Paul, despite a state government shutdown.
Metro Transit buses and trains are operating on normal schedules, the Stillwater Lift Bridge is open, but road construction projects have stopped.
A government shutdown would also suspend electrical inspections required by law for nearly all construction projects, effectively slowing building projects to a halt and potentially stranding workers.
Proposed cuts to Twin Cities bus service could put more than 500 employees out of jobs and eliminate more than 200 bus routes during peak hours.
Twin Cities transit officials say they can keep the buses and trains running on reserve funds for a few weeks if there's a state government shutdown, but they're making plans for fare increases and route reductions if an eventual budget agreement cuts their funds.
Prosecutors on Wednesday charged two Twin Cities men and a Hudson, Wis. couple with racketeering in an alleged mortgage fraud scheme that started in 2009.
The sweeping extent of fraud in the mortgage and foreclosure crisis has the public clamoring for the government to punish those involved in the meltdown, most recently, two Twin Cities men who were found guilty of racketeering.
A Hennepin County jury has convicted two Twin Cities men of racketeering in a major mortgage fraud case.
Scams that target the elderly cause losses in the millions of dollars. A new program in Minn. encourages medical staff to ask older patients whether they've been the victim of fraud, or look for signs of stress.