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  • Tax notices generate relief, anger
    In Minnesota, every year there are lots of reasons property taxes can go up or down. This year there are even more, as homeowners and business people are learning when they open their proposed property tax statements.November 25, 2011
  • In Brooklyn Park, tight budget spurs unionization effort
    The number of city employees trying to unionize in Minnesota has been rising in the past few years. In the latest report from our Forced To Choose series, we look at cash-strapped Brooklyn Park, which could become the first city in Minnesota with a union representing its part-time firefighters.November 23, 2011
  • Shocked by your tax notice? Look again
    If you just opened your truth-in-taxation notice and are stunned to see how little your house is apparently worth, take a deep breath. What may have plunged is your "taxable market value," which is not the same as what your house might fetch on the market.November 22, 2011
  • Paying for past choices: Cities struggle with infrastructure
    Many Minnesota cities are stuck with unfinished housing projects and empty industrial parks and infrastructure expansions that once looked promising but now feel burdensome.November 17, 2011
  • Families win ruling in research on blood samples taken from newborns
    The Minnesota Department of Health can no longer store blood samples indefinitely from its newborn screening program or make them available to researchers without parental consent.November 16, 2011
  • Small towns 'just one disaster away'
    Tough economic times are forcing cities of all stripes to re-examine how they spend tax dollars. But in small towns like Floodwood, many worry their actual existence is endangered.November 16, 2011
  • Gov. Dayton, Sen. Hann continue to spar over federal health grants
    The rancor grows between Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP state Sen. David Hann over the use of federal health grants.November 15, 2011
  • Gov. task force meets on improving state health care
    The Governor's task force to improve Minnesota's health care system met for the first time Monday.November 14, 2011
  • In heavily local election, voters made careful choices
    Most Minnesotans who voted on local ballot questions yesterday said yes to tax levies. But that doesn't mean the message they delivered is, "Please raise my taxes."November 9, 2011
  • State task force begins work on crafting health insurance exchange
    A task force met to begin the job of shaping an insurance exchange for Minnesota. The online marketplaces are a key part of the federal health care law.November 9, 2011
  • GOP lawmakers in tough spot on health care exchange idea
    State Republican lawmakers are trying to determine their best stance towards the state-based insurance exchanges mandated as part of the health care overhaul.November 4, 2011
  • Growing quickly, Austin schools expect close vote on expansion
    Unlike most outstate Minnesota school districts, Austin's is growing and it has placed before voters a $29 million expansion plan. Officials are expecting a close vote. This special project by MPR News examines the dilemma cities, schools and counties are coping with in a struggling economy and the resolutions they are finding.November 4, 2011
  • Stadium talks at standstill
    Efforts to reach an agreement on a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings could be done for the year.November 3, 2011
  • Dayton: Vikings stadium 'in limbo'
    Gov. Mark Dayton emerged from a meeting with Republican legislative leaders this afternoon saying that his plan to propose a Vikings stadium public financing option is in limbo.November 2, 2011
  • Duluth ballot asks for higher taxes to restore services
    Many Minnesota cities have whittled away at their library and park budgets the past few years, and Duluth is no exception. The city is, however, taking the step of asking residents to vote on whether they want to raise their taxes to restore some services.November 2, 2011

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