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League of Minnesota Cities honors 30 Minnesota lawmakers

July 9, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

The League of Minnesota Cities has selected 18 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives and 12 state senators as Legislators of Distinction for 2013.
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Pleasanton and Dickinson: 1,500 miles apart but stories much the same

November 16, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

Though they are separated by four states and more than 1,500 miles of terrain, the cities of Dickinson and Pleasanton, Texas, have a lot in common. Continue Reading

AUTO RACING: Linnell, Pederson win RCS features

July 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The key to taking home a Midseason Track Championship trophy at River Cities Speedway on Friday night was simple: Stay out of trouble.
Jason Linnell managed to do that. So did Joey Pederson. Continue Reading

Twin Cities had strong home sales in February

March 13, 2012 in West Central Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) February was the best month for home sales in the Twin Cities area since the real estate downturn began in 2006. Continue Reading

N.D. Senate Republican leader: Greater share of oil tax collections needs to go to local governments

January 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

House Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, says it’s clear that western North Dakota’s oil boom has put a tremendous strain on local schools, roads and public works.
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‘Relationship needs mending’: Minnesota’s local governments seek more flexibility from Legislature

January 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

State and local officials’ relationship has eroded, according to Executive Director Jim Miller of the League of Minnesota Cities. The league, Association of Minnesota Counties and Minnesota School Boards Association announced their intentions to work together in seeking some legislative relief from state mandates. Continue Reading

FBI: Intruder may have robbed banks in Twin Cities and Fargo

January 10, 2012 in West Central Tribune

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The FBI says a home intruder and armed carjack suspect likely robbed three banks in the Twin Cities area and Fargo, N.D. Continue Reading

Semi plunges into icy pond near Monticello, Minn.

January 6, 2012 in West Central Tribune

A semi hauling a Target trailer drove off Interstate 94 and ended up partially submerged in an icy pond this morning near Monticello, about 40 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. Continue Reading

Dakotas home to cold cities

December 9, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Let’s face it: Anyone who survives a winter in the Dakotas deserves an award. A T-shirt, maybe?
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‘CRASH TAX’: Some Minnesota cities charging nonresidents in serious traffic accidents a fee

March 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

It’s sometimes referred to as a “crash tax” — and it eventually could be coming to a Minnesota town near you. Fridley and Columbia Heights already are taking advantage of a state law that allows cities to impose a “reasonable service charge” for serious crashes, rescues and other emergencies. Minneapolis, St. Paul and Burnsville charge only for removing someone from a crushed vehicle. Continue Reading