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Monday, April 29, 2013

State health officials are planning to add new vaccination requirements for children in school and day care. (04/29/2013)
A Red River flood that a week ago was predicted to challenge the record is now unlikely to reach the 100,000-plus sandbags and the miles of clay levees built for defense, Fargo officials said Monday. (04/29/2013)
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. (04/29/2013)
Work has begun on the new St. Croix bridge project to connect Minnesota and Wisconsin.
State officials are investigating after a worker was killed on the job at a northern Minnesota lumber mill over the weekend.
With a few hiccups along the way, the Minnesota Senate voted for a tax bill that raises income taxes on top earners, increases tobacco taxes and expands the sales tax to clothing and other services. The bill's final passage came after the Senate initially defeated the measure.
The Food and Drug Administration says it will launch a new investigation into foods with added caffeine and their potential impact on the health of children and adolescents.
Educator Steve Perry, author of "Push Has Come to Shove, Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve." Keynote speech at Minnesota Meeting "RESET Education" conversation series sponsored by the Minneapolis Foundation. Panel of respondents: local educators Michael Thomas, Eric Mahmoud and Eli Kramer.
Roger and DeAnna Cummings founded Juxtaposition Arts in 1995 and continue to teach and train young people in the arts while employing them as apprentices to work alongside professional artists. They were photographed outside the Juxtaposition Arts gallery space near West Broadway and Emerson avenues N. in Minneapolis Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2013.
Tom Weber's book pick of the week is "Evil Men" by Macalester College Prof. James Dawes.
Teenagers who flirt with danger while texting and driving may get most of the public's attention when it comes to distracted driving, but other motorists shouldn't be too smug.
President Barack Obama told reporters that he's not sure who used chemical weapons in Syria. If it were established that Bashar Assad were responsible, he said, the U.S. would have to rethink its options.
Roger and DeAnna Cummings, along with friend Peyton Russell, had a goal: An organization in north Minneapolis that could teach kids about the arts, and then show them how to use their artistic skills to support themselves financially.
Presidents like to take credit for economic recoveries, just as President Barack Obama is angling to do now.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Monday said she's optimistic a tax on medical devices will be overturned.
The Minnesota House is expected to vote later this week on legislation that would increase the state's minimum wage to $9.50 by 2015, the first boost since 2005.
A map stereotyping neighborhoods in Minneapolis was inspired by the work of Trent Gillaspie, a Denver-based comedian.
Police arrested 35 people for trespassing Monday during a protest of frack sand mining in Winona.
A high-tech lightbulb from 3M has won a national Edison award, which recognizes innovation.
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.
How much money would you need to be happy? Some people think they can name the figure. But a recent article suggests that the link between money and happiness is a myth.
Duluth is forging ahead this summer with its plan to become a premier mountain biking city.
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.
The mistake that sent two stillborn babies from the Regions Hospital morgue in St. Paul to a Red Wing laundry appears to be the result of inadequate labeling of fetal remains. Employees at Crothall Laundry Services discovered the first stillborn baby earlier this month.
The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales rose 1.5 percent to 105.7. That's the highest since April 2010, when a homebuyer's tax credit boosted sales. It's also above February's reading of 104.1.
As residents in the Fargo/Moorhead area prepare for the Red River to reach its crest this week, a local mayor is looking for a permanent fix to an annual problem.
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.
The state Court of Appeals this week takes up the case of Amy Senser, wife of former Viking Joe Senser, who was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide last year.
The Homegrown Music Festival in Duluth is marking its 15th anniversary with a ton of music: 186 local bands in 30 venues around town.
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra musicians on Monday ratified a new three-year contract.
On Sunday, Metro Transit performed its first test of a light rail train car on the new Green Line, which will connect downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The shadow economy in the United States, consisting of off-the-books workers and unreported income, is booming.
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.
When U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood picked Minnesota to host one of two bicycle safety summits, he held the state up as a model of how a place can increase the number of bikes on the road without increasing deaths.
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.
The Minneapolis Urban League is hosting a forum on MNsure, the state's new online marketplace for health insurance.
Buried deep in the Senate transportation policy bill is a dead horse -- actually, a rail line named after him. The Dan Patch line, named for a famous early 20th century race horse, carries freight between the Twin Cities and Northfield. The idea of bringing back passenger service along that route is so controversial that lawmakers passed a special law to halt discussion of it more than a decade ago. This year, lawmakers are considering whether to lift the "Dan Patch moratorium."

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