• Shutdown delays environmental review of mine project
    Polymet Mining company will ask a Special Master to declare that state officials working on an environmental review of its proposed copper-nickel mine should be allowed to go back to work.July 6, 2011
  • Counties try to cope with effects of state shutdown
    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.July 6, 2011
  • Added pain: Shutdown costs millions
    The state's six-day-old shutdown over state spending is costing it millions of dollars - a toll that will only rise the longer it lasts.July 6, 2011
  • Dayton offers new tax plan; Republicans reject it
    DFL Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled a new proposal Wednesday aimed at breaking the budget impasse that has led to the state government shutdown -- and Republicans quickly rejected it.July 6, 2011
  • Groups say shutdown causing job losses
    A coalition of labor and environmental groups called on state leaders Tuesday to end the government shutdown quickly for the sake of jobs.July 6, 2011
  • Zellers renews call for 'lights on' bill, says gambling a revenue option
    Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers said delaying payments to school districts and raising revenue through new gambling are both options when it comes to balancing the state's budget.July 6, 2011
  • Vandals strike shut down Afton State Park
    The Washington County Sheriff says 12 people were arrested after breaking into park cabins at Afton State Park over the July 4th weekend.July 6, 2011
  • Delayed payments balances books, but burden schools
    Gov. Dayton and Republican legislative leaders may resort to delaying more payments to Minnesota's public schools as a way to close a $5 billion projected budget gap. That's one tactic that both sides have floated as part of the budget solution. It saves costs to the state, but adds more burden to the school districts.July 5, 2011
  • Budget talks: Where new revenues might come from
    As Gov. Dayton and Republican legislative leaders continue to negotiate over the state budget, they are likely discussing various sources of new revenue to close the projected $5 billion budget deficit. Here's a look at some of those potential money makers.July 5, 2011
  • Dayton, GOP leaders talk briefly this afternoon
    The DFL governor called the government shutdown "a terrible situation." He met with GOP legislative leaders for a little more than an hour this afternoon, with no apparent progress.July 5, 2011
  • Truckers want rest stops reopened during shutdown
    Truck drivers are joining the long list of groups going before a special master Tuesday to ask for relief on the fifth day of the state government shutdown.July 5, 2011
  • Mondale, Carlson organize commission on shutdown
    Former Gov. Arne Carlson, a Republican, and former Vice President Walter Mondale, a Democrat, announced Tuesday an independent commission designed to resolve Minnesota's budget deadlock.July 5, 2011
  • IP's Tom Horner offers suggestions to break budget deadlock
    Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner, who received just under 12 percent of the vote, suggests a middle road to balance the state budget and end the government shutdown. Should both sides compromise on raising taxes and cutting more government spending?Midday, July 5, 2011
  • State government shutdown: day five
    Today starts the first workweek since the state government shut down on July 1. What impact has the last five days had on a political solution, on unemployed worker's anxiety and on Minnesotan's access to government services?Midmorning, July 5, 2011
  • Past state government shutdowns: what can we expect?
    Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey in 2006 signed an executive order shutting down the state's government, for the first time in its history. Today, we speak to journalist Richard G. Jones about what Minnesotans can expect, based on past shutdowns.July 5, 2011
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