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Minorities half under-5 population in 3 Minnesota counties

May 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S. The Census Bureau reports children younger than 1 who are minority has tipped past the 50 percent mark. In Minnesota, minorities make up about 28 percent of those younger than 1. Continue Reading

Report: Twin Cities air reaches dangerous levels

April 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The American Lung Association says air in the Twin Cities has gotten so dirty it might violate federal health standards. Ramsey County got an “F” for the first time since the Lung Association began compiling the annual report. Continue Reading

Minnesota judge cancels child care union election

April 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A Ramsey County judge has permanently cancelled a unionization vote by home-based child care workers that Gov. Mark Dayton tried to call late last year. Continue Reading

Analysis shows more Minnesota children living in poverty than a decade ago

February 24, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation using the latest Census data says 68,000 children are living in poverty compared with about 35,000 a decade ago in Minnesota. Continue Reading

More Vikings stadium plans emerge

February 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

One plan is similar to an agreement that the Minnesota Vikings and Ramsey County have been pushing since last year — but which has fizzled because the Minnesota metro County has been unable to develop a county funding source that key stadium legislators support. The other is scheduled to be unveiled today by three Republican state senators — two of them freshmen. Continue Reading

Vikings stadium deal perhaps not so near after all

February 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

After an hourlong meeting Tuesday that included every major player in the stadium saga — except officials from Minneapolis — Gov. Mark Dayton emerged to say that an agreement may not occur until next week, if at all. Continue Reading

N.E. Minnesota courthouse shooting prompts some other courthouse upgrades

February 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Anoka County is spending $50,000 to install bulletproof glass in offices where prosecutors and others work. Ramsey County now has armed deputies guarding offices. Continue Reading

Admission surcharge part of Ramsey County, Minn., Vikings stadium financing plan

February 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Ramsey County’s latest plan to finance a new Minnesota Vikings stadium in Arden Hills includes an admission surcharge, parking fees, naming rights and stadium sales tax revenue. Continue Reading

Ramsey County, Minneapolis both raise financial offers to be chosen as site for new Vikings’ stadium

January 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Ramsey County is raising to $375 million its financial offer to be the site of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, while the city of Minneapolis is offering $313 million for the team to rebuild at the current Metrodome site.
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Dayton wants Vikings stadium site information next week

January 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Gov. Mark Dayton has given Ramsey County and Minneapolis until next Thursday to provide him and key legislators their final proposals for a Minnesota Vikings stadium. Continue Reading