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by REP. JOE MCDONALD MINNESOTA HOUSE DISTRICT 29A The work we did in 2011-12 is evident once again in the form of a positive economic forecast from Minnesota Management and Budget. The last four semi-annual reports show a combined $2.8 billion more in state revenue than previously projected. This includes the recently issued February forecast, [...]

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Calls it largest tax hike in state history by REP. JOE MCDONALD MINNESOTA HOUSE DISTRICT 29A The budget proposal issued by Gov. Mark Dayton includes two things Minnesota does not need right now: $3.7 billion more in taxes and $2.7 billion more in state spending. Governors do not officially author budget plans, they offer blueprints [...]

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By Brenda Badger & Sheila Nesbitt The recent suspensions of Maple Grove High School Hockey Team players is another reminder of how teens are prone to making mistakes and don’t think about the consequences of their actions.  If you have parented teens, you probably had times when you have asked your teen, “What were you [...]

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By Rep. Joe McDonald Minnesota House District 29a  The 2013 legislative session is underway. I am humbled and honored to serve the people of this area as we face challenges at the Capitol. My top priorities remain building our economy, exercising spending restraint and protecting taxpayers. We made progress in each of these areas as [...]

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BY MATT SCHOEN Superintendent of Schools, Delano Public Schools As you all are aware, a tragedy occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 14. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the emergency procedures that we have in place at Delano Public Schools. First [...]

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BY MATT SCHOEN Superintendent, Delano Public Schools   Every once in a while people stop and ask me, “What exactly does the school board do?” This type of question might put off some people, but I think it is very important that our community has a good understanding of the role of our elected school [...]

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BY REP. JOE MCDONALD Minnesota House District 29A Minnesota Management and Budget recently provided its new economic forecast. It calls for a $1.3 billion surplus in the current biennium. This is the latest in a string of positive economic reports. We had an $876 million surplus in November of 2011 and a $323 million surplus [...]

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BY JACK RUSSEK Wright County Commissioner, District 3 The Wright County Board, Tuesday, Nov. 27, approved the phase two county/township road sign program for all 18 townships. The project includes updating of all road signs and will be 80 percent federally funded. We approved a request from the board of the Crow River Organization of [...]

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