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Minn. lawmaker – and chiropractor – helps chiropractors come out ahead in budget bill

ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s new budget slices spending on much of the health care industry — but chiropractors came out ahead in some areas, thanks to an influential lawmaker who also works as a chiropractor. The Star Tribune reported Thursday that the new health care law doubles the number of covered chiropractic visits for some […]

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Minn. HHS bill affects many

St. Paul — When Gov. Mark Dayton signed the new Health and Human Services $11.4 billion budget into law, months of political wrangling over spending for health care and welfare programs came to an end. Here’s a look at its effect on specific programs. The bill makes it more difficult for some low-income adults to […]

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Hoffman, Langseth talk budget votes

Senator Gretchen Hoffman said she was a holdout when the compromise between the GOP and DFL Governor Mark Dayton was first announced. “I stood as firm as I could within my caucus,” she commented.

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Maplewood, Glendalough reopen

Visitors from near and far are again entering Maplewood and Glendalough state parks following the end of the state shutdown. And while some facilities are up and running, it will take park employees a few days to have everything in operation. “Our campground will be partially open for people this evening (Thursday),” said Maplewood State […]

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City prepared for losses in state aid

As part of the state budget deal, many Minnesota cities are getting a cut in their state funding, but it’s nothing unexpected for Fergus Falls city staff. Fergus Falls was set to get about $4.05 million in local government aid (LGA) this year. However, the budget deal requires that, for the next two years, cities […]

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Dayton signs budget, local reps react

It was a long night, but they got it done. Governor Mark Dayton signed the budget bills passed by the Legislature at 9 a.m. today, effectively ending Minnesota’s government shutdown. “We didn’t wrap things up here until around 4:30 this morning,” said District 10A Rep. Bud Nornes (the special session adjourned at 3:45 a.m.). But […]

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Special session called for 3 p.m.

ST. PAUL — An end to Minnesota’s nearly three-week-long state government shutdown came into view on Tuesday, when Gov. Mark Dayton called the Legislature into a special session to vote on a budget deal. Local representatives have heard that the budget bills may be passed as early as tonight. The 19-day government stoppage has sullied […]

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Funding deferment irks school officials

Though Minnesota’s lawmakers have tentatively reached a budget agreement, many school administrators aren’t happy with the deal they struck. The reason? About half of the $1.4 billion in new revenue from the deal will come from further deferred payments to public schools. Some local school officials feel they’ve been sacrificed on the altar of budget […]

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No special session today

ST. PAUL — Minnesota may soon have an end to its government shutdown, but re-starting the machinery of the state will probably take a few days. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders fell short Sunday of their goal of being ready for a special session Monday to finalize a deal struck late last […]

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Nornes satisfied with budget deal

Now that Republican leaders and Governor Mark Dayton have hashed out a final budget deal, Rep. Bud Nornes is breathing a sigh of relief. Though he said not all lawmakers will come away happy, he believes Dayton and the GOP’s compromise to end the shutdown seemed like the right thing to do. “It appeared to […]

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