Duluth mountain bike trail network expanding The Spirit Mountain ski area will add more downhill mountain bike trails to its system, and Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores will build nine miles of trails in the Mission Creek area.
The 'Dan Patch moratorium' is being reconsidered The Dan Patch line, named for a famous early 20th century race horse, carries freight between the Twin Cities and Northfield. Lawmakers once passed a special law to halt discussion of the line for passenger service more than a decade ago. This year, they are reconsidering.
Minn. teachers union ousts leader Tom Dooher Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher has lost a bid for a third term as head of the state's teachers union. Delegates to the union's convention today elected Denise Specht as their new president.
Fargo flood crest prediction lowered again The National Weather Service on Monday lowered the expected crest forecast in Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., to 35.5 feet on Wednesday. That's down from the 37-foot prediction issued Sunday.
Baxter Healthcare wanted tax breaks kept quiet by Dayton administration In early February, a development agency in Gov. Mark Dayton's administration made a deal with a giant pharmaceutical company: The state would explore grants and tax breaks that could yield almost 200 high-wage jobs, all while keeping Baxter Healthcare Group's name out of the public conversation.
Minimum wage hike gets committee hearing Members of the House Ways and Means Committee will take up the bill Monday, along with a DFL amendment to raise the top minimum wage rate to $9.50 per hour for large companies.
Senate to vote on clothing, income tax The Senate convenes Monday afternoon to take up its tax bill. In addition to a new clothing tax, it raises income taxes on the state's highest earners.
NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out as gay The 34-year-old Collins has played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to continue playing.
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