State support for elderly faces uncertain future With the second-highest rate of elderly poverty in central Minnesota, Todd County relies heavily on state support to care for its seniors. But Medical Assistance has been the subject of budget cuts recently, and those cuts may be just the beginning.3:50 p.m.
Cities group reacts to unallotment decision Among the biggest losers in the unallotment process were Minnesota's cities. The governor cut $192 million in local government aid that the cities would otherwise have received from the state.4:44 p.m.
Vikings stadium bill suffers setbacks The Vikings stadium bill is on shaky ground after going down to defeat in a House panel and as lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty grapple with a court ruling over last year's budget cuts.5:20 p.m.
State support for elderly faces uncertain future With the second-highest rate of elderly poverty in central Minnesota, Todd County relies heavily on state support to care for its seniors. But Medical Assistance has been the subject of budget cuts recently, and those cuts may be just the beginning.5:45 p.m.
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The History Of World's Fairs
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BP Caps One Of Two Wells
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