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ST. PAUL - State and local arts initiatives will soon get a big funding boost. Art, history and cultural initiatives expect to receive $93 million over the next two years as a result of a constitutional amendment passed last November that increased the statewide sales tax for outdoors and arts programs. Arts supporters said that money will expand culture and history programs around the state, expose more children to museums and theatrical performances and support artists' work. Gov.
NEW LONDON -- As people started checking in early Friday morning at Sibley State Park for a weekend of camping, the office staff there received an urgent email about the emerald ash borer that will affect all visitors at every state park. The notice gave firm instructions for park personnel to question overnight visitors about whether they had firewood with them. Campers will be asked to voluntarily give up unapproved wood and exchange it for certified bundles of wood that's for sale at the parks. If they don't, they could risk confiscation and a citation by a conservation officer. The oth
In the summer of 1957, Bob Dylan wrote a poem called "Little Buddy" that was published in the Herzl Camp newspaper. For years, a copy of the poem has been wrapped in plastic and hidden within the letter Z (for Zimmerman) of an encyclopedia belonging to the former Herzl Herald editor Lisa Heilicher. On June 23, the poem is being offered for sale in a Christie's auction, where it is expected to sell for up to $15,000 -- money that Heilicher plans to donate to the camp in Webster, Wis., that is in the midst of an $8 million capital campaign. "Don't ask me why I kept it," Heilicher said in a ph
ST. PAUL - Minnesota lawmakers ended their work for the year Monday. Some bills were signed into law, others await action by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and those that did not make the cut this year could be considered in the 2010 legislative session. Here is how issues fared during the 2009 legislative session: Anderson highway: A stretch of Highway 53 in far northern Minnesota will be named after the late House Speaker Irv Anderson of International Falls, who died last November. Anti-bullying: Lawmakers passed a bill requiring schools to establish an anti-bullying policy. It awaits action by Gov.
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WASHINGTON -- The government will have to borrow nearly 50 cents for every dollar it spends this year, exploding the record federal deficit past $1.8 trillion under new White House estimates.
ON THE ST. LOUIS RIVER, DULUTH -- The dark shape of three human forms loomed in the blackness at Boy Scout Landing shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday. The temperature was 41.
As of June 1, you'd better pack a U.S. passport or passport card if you're planning a trip to Canada. The new border rules originally had been scheduled to take effect in January 2008, but they were delayed to give people more time to come into compliance. Don't count on a second reprieve. "We expect full implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative to occur June 1. It's not going to be delayed again," said Joanne Ferreira, a public affairs specialist for the U.S.