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More oil in North Dakota; Mending fences at SPCO after lockout ends; DFLers need 2 tries to pass tax bill

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

  • ND oil patch is bigger than thought, new USGS report says
    The U.S. Geological Survey is significantly increasing its assessment of oil and gas reserves in the Williston basin of North Dakota.
  • Dayton names directors of MNSure exchange
    Gov. Mark Dayton has announced the members of the board of directors for the state's health insurance exchange program, called MNSure, which will help the uninsured and others obtain coverage under federal health care changes.
  • Senate Dems turn around tax bill vote after initial defeat
    It took two tries for the Minnesota Senate to pass a tax bill raising $1.8 billion in new revenue. Two Senate Democrats were forced to switch their votes after the bill was initially defeated. The failure prompted Republicans to claim Senate DFL leaders could pass their tax hikes only by twisting arms of some nervous first-term members.
  • With new contract, SPCO musicians, management must repair strained relations
    The musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are returning to the stage, after a seven-month lockout marked by halting, sometimes bitterly contentious contract talks with orchestra management. The musicians Monday ratified a new, three-year contract agreement, and will perform their first concert of the year on May 9. But it will take far longer for the two sides to repair a relationship that has been badly strained by the dispute.
  • New Vikings stadium might take cue from Beijing Olympics
    The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has posted a draft Environmental Impact Statement for a new Vikings stadium up on its website, and it refers to the potential usage of ETFE, a polymer made famous as the translucent exterior of the aquatics center built in Beijing for the Olympics.
  • Bicycling advocates look to further improve safety in Minneapolis
    Minneapolis is often held up as an example of a bicycle-friendly city that is taking steps to improve safety. Advocates for the community met with government representatives to identify innovative ideas for further improving safety.
  • Food shelves strive to provide healthier groceries
    For decades, Minnesota food shelves focused on providing enough food to people in need. But these days, food shelf directors are aware that some of their clients are obese or have diseases related to their diet. With that in mind, they increasingly focus on providing not just enough calories but the right kind of calories.
  • Anglers spent $2.4 billion in Minn.
    Anglers who enjoy Minnesota's sky blue waters are still a powerful engine for the state's economy, according to new data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Minn. farmers waiting to start field work
    Despite the sudden warm weather, Minnesota farmers are still waiting for the chance to get into their fields.
  • Best Buy pulls out of European joint venture
    Best Buy is looking to exit Europe, selling its stake in its joint venture there to partner Carphone Warehouse Group PLC in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $775 million.

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