Government

More than 325,000 of Minnesotans who receive the lowest wages got a raise Tuesday. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law raising Minnesota’s minimum wage for the first time since 2005. The bill, passed in both the House and the Senate, increases the minimum wage in three stages and is dependent upon whether a [...]

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By Liz Verley, Staff Writer Three industrial park lots were sold for $1 each with a waiver of assessment fees, by the Pierz City Council Monday. Although approval was given, the vote was 3-2. The motion was opposed by Council Members Mike Menden and Don Bujalski. Originally, the lots had been purchased by the city in [...]

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By Patrick Slack, Staff Writer Three road improvement projects totalling $788,900.44 were approved by the Little Falls City Council, Monday, which will be partially funded by assessments. The projects to be done will be on Call Place and Ninth Avenue Southeast; on First Street Northwest; and on Third Street Northeast. Council Member at Large Brian-Paul Crowder [...]

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By Patrick Slack, Staff Writer With no admission of liability by any party, the city of Little Falls approved a settlement with Robin Hensel in the Hensel v. City of Little Falls lawsuit Monday. The settlement resolved the claim that the city restricted Hensel’s free speech with its old bench ordinance. The city declined Hensel’s request [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor  Swanville Council Member Jay Bartkowicz said it sounds like a war zone with constant shooting at a residence on Springbrook Drive in Swanville. He said he had called the Little Falls Police Department about whether a state statute was in place regarding shooting within a city’s limits. “It gets a little [...]

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By Liz Verley, Staff Writer Royalton Police Chief Adam Gunderson discussed concerns of the residents who live closest to his proposed shooting range which could be located near the city-owned waste ponds and compost pile in Royalton. At a previous meeting, Gunderson had been directed by the Royalton City Council to visit with the neighbors near [...]

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By Kerry Drager, Correspondent The city of Upsala will have the option for new housing developments with the purchase of 7.25 acres of land from city resident Marlene Soltis. The land is selling for $4,000 an acre for a total of $29,000. This purchase agreement will include a 66-foot easement that will connect Walnut Street to [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor Leaders in local education feel their districts have already implemented much of what is included in the Safe Supportive Schools Act, signed into law Wednesday by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton. The legislation, called the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, authored by Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis and Rep. Jim Davnie, DFL-Minneapolis, is [...]

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By Liz Verley, Staff Writer Support for the position of Morrison County’s Veteran Service Officer (VSO) was evident at the Commissioner’s meeting Tuesday. Approximately 30 veterans and supporters attended the meeting with several expressing their concerns about the need to get the correct person to fill the position that will become vacant when the present VSO [...]

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