Think taxes are bad? Watch the fees Tax talk has captivated the Minnesota Capitol in recent weeks. House and Senate DFLers want to raise income taxes. Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he'll veto any tax increase. But there's another way Minnesotans could get hit in the wallet by state government -- fees.7:50 a.m.
The inches are adding up Browns Valley has six new inches of snow on top of three inches of rain from the weekend. All of that comes just weeks after the area flooded. Browns Valley Mayor Jeff Backer says the community is going to need help.7:55 a.m.
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