Sunday, April 28, 2013
This week's compilation includes a visit from the governor, a bill to slash the state contribution to the Vikings stadium, and a new wine bar and bistro.
Editor’s Note: Every week we bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Two Escape from House Fire Caused By Tree Falling on Power Line One person had to be rescued from a back bedroom during the 4:30 a.m. incident while snow was falling. Fire Destroys Maple Grove Home Wednesday Evening No one was injured in the fire on the 7700 block of Chesshire Lane North Lake Minnetonka Woman Was Caught in 'Grey Area' Near Boston Marathon Finish Line Elaine DeVries: “People were saying there could be a terrorist there or more bombs. I did see people…
Monday, April 15, 2013
The team was named 3A co-champ in the 2013 Minnesota state team championships.
Wrestlers from the 2013 St. Michael-Albertville High School wrestling team met with Gov. Mark Dayton Monday, April 15 at the state capitol. The governor congratulated the teams that won the 2013 state team championships. St. Michael-Albertville was named 3A co-champ with Apple Valley. According to the Minnesota State High School League website, Dayton shook hands with every wrestler, coach and student manager. Photos courtesy of the MSHSL. Follow St. Michael Patch on Twitter, "Like" us on Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter. Related content
Sunday, April 14, 2013
This week's compilation includes the death of a grocery chain's namesake, Chelsea Clinton presents top prize to student and a manufactured home fire.
Editor’s Note: Every week we bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. (UPDATED) Washburn HS under Code Yellow as Students Protest AD Firing Students taking part will be suspended, school administration said. The Star Tribune reported that Athletic Director Dan Pratt was or will be fired in connection with the purchase of a new playing-field scoreboard. UPDATED: SW Journal Reports Principal Carol Markham-Cousins Out at Washburn HS Robert McCauley is now substitute principal at Washburn, a Minneapolis school district spokesman told the …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Peppin: "The Governor also proposes to increase taxes by an even greater degree on small business owners, top income earners, snowbirds, people who smoke, and consumers in the metro area."
Thursday, March 21
The following was provided by Rep. Joyce Peppin (R 34A) in her March 18, 2013 email newsletter. Peppin represents a portion of Maple Grove and Rogers. Dear Neighbors, In this edition: 1) Governor’s New Budget: Increases Spending, Drops Some Taxes The big news at the State Capitol last week was the release of Governor Dayton’s new budget proposal. To his credit, the Governor conceded that his business-to-business tax and expansion of the sales tax would have negative consequences on working families and stifle job growth and business expansion. He dropped both of those proposals in his updated budget. While these proposals are gone from the Governor’s budget, some Democratic legislators have indicated that they may consider adding these …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Senate and House leaders seem to be in agreement with Gov. Mark Dayton on the idea of funding all-day, everyday kindergarten programs across Minnesota. St. Michael-Albertville leaders also support the idea, if it's fully funded.
Momentum seems to be gathering at the Minnesota State Capitol for a funded, all-day kindergarten program. Leadership from the Minnesota Senate and House are in lockstep with Gov. Mark Dayton, who as said since his State of the State address he would be making full day programs a priority in 2013. Sen. Chuck Wiger, a leader in the DFL-controlled Senate, agreed. Early this session, he said said the funding would provide “an important step toward enhancing Minnesota’s commitment to quality education for all children.” The House budget, unveiled Tuesday, includes funding for all-day programs for "any district that wants it." The State Senate's version of the budget includeds more than $485 million in education spending, the bulk allocated …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Rep. Joyce Peppin's newsletter update for Feb. 6, 2013, including legislators begining to study Gov. Dayton’s budget plan.
The following was reprinted with permission from the Feb. 6, 2013 update from Rep. Joyce Peppin. Peppin represents several communities, including Maple Grove and Rogers. Dear Neighbors, 1. Legislators Begin to Study Gov. Dayton’s Budget Plan Work continues on analyzing the governor’s budget and tax increase proposals to determine what the net effect may be for Minnesota families. The plan increases state spending by $2.5 billion and increases taxes on Minnesotans by nearly $3.7 billion. Governor Dayton has stated that his intent is to raise more revenue with the goal to even out the “boom and bust” budget cycles Minnesota has experienced in the last decade. As a member of the Taxes committee and a strong supporter of small business, I am …
Monday, January 28, 2013
More than 100 reader comments have been made since governor's plan unveiled last week.
When Gov. Mark Dayton last week unveiled a proposed state budget and tax plan that would, among other things, lower Minnesota's sales tax from 6.875 percent to 5.5 percent, the plan sparked a vigorous debate among Patch readers. Patch has had more than 100 reader comments on our story that asked people to take our poll, then share their thoughts on Dayton's tax and budget plan. Here's a sampling of some of the comments: George P. Burdell: A simplistic response to this comment would then be; Democrats want to clean out our wallets and institute socialisim... which really worked well for the USSR...hmmm. Brad Koehn: I'll be curious to see if Minnesotans spend enough on clothing worth more than $100 to bring in $2B in revenue. I'm a bit …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Take our poll; then click on to our Patch stories below to see what legislators and others are saying.
Gov. Mark Dayton this week unveiled a proposed state budget and tax plan that would, among other things, lower Minnesota's sales tax from 6.875 percent to 5.5 percent but broaden it to cover more items such as higher-priced clothing, car repairs and other services. In his quest to avoid a projected $1.1 billion revenue shortfall, Dayton said his plan also includes raising the income on some groups of taxpayers (such as the state's 2 percent of highest-income earners). He is proposing to reduce property taxes and cut the corporate tax rate on businesses. (To see a Patch story and UpTake video of Dayton's speech, click on this link.) Bottom line: The governor said he wants to provide property tax relief, boost funding for K-12 education, …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Real men not only wear pink, but have fought the fight against breast cancer. This weekend, men can join the popular women's cause against breast cancer at the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Conference in St. Paul.
Breast cancer isn’t just about pink ribbons anymore. Despite the common perception that women are only affected by breast cancer, thousands of men are also diagnosed with the disease each year. In fact, approximately 2,190 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men in 2012, according to the American Cancer Society. In addition, approximately 410 men will die from breast cancer this year. A Pledge invites men in the community, corporate leaders, political figures and entrepreneurs to step up and pledge to raise awareness for breast cancer by supporting the 11th Annual Twin Cities Breast Cancer Awareness Conference alongside their spouse, sister, daughter or mother. The conference is set for Saturday, Oct. 6 in St. Paul…
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The State Senate approved the FINAL Minnesota Vikings Stadium bill Thursday afternoon, putting the controversial legislation on the desk of Gov. Mark Dayton.
UPDATE (Thursday, May 10, 2 p.m.) The Minnesota Senate has approved the conference committee recommendations on House File 2956, a bill providing funding for a Minnesota Vikings stadium. Sen. Amy Koch (R-Buffalo), in her final act as a state legislator from District 19, voted "yes." "You don't want to be part of the group that's responsible for losing the team. That's just not negotiable in my book," Koch, the former Senate Majority Leader, said last fall. Koch was opposed to any general funding, and wanted a referendum on the bill. However, she softened her stance on the public vote when Minneapolis went to bat for the bill, and funding from that city was found via a tax extension, not the creation of new tax dollars. The final vote was …