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Minnesota Shutdown

Annual Evaluations, Honest Feedback for Public School Teachers

Thomas A. Dooher | Posted 09.24.2011 | Education
Thomas A. Dooher

All parents know test scores are not a complete measure of their child's abilities. And they certainly should not be the primary way to evaluate teachers or their students.

Back To Work! Minnesota Once Again Open For Business

AP | By MARTIGA LOHN | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's government is reopening for business after a nearly three-week shutdown closed state parks, laid off some 22,000 public...

Minnesota Shutdown Over

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics

The post and live blog below are a collaboration between Patch and HuffPost reporters. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a new budget Wednesday, en...

Minnesota Government Shutdown Ends

AP | MARTIGA LOHN | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota's state government shutdown ended Wednesday after 20 days, millions in lost revenue and frustration on the part of r...

Minnesota Governor Calls Special Session To Help End Government Shutdown

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

The post and live blog below are a collaboration between Patch and HuffPost reporters. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has called a special legislative ...

Restarting Government After Shutdown More Than Flipping Switch

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics

The post and live blog below are a collaboration between Patch and HuffPost reporters. ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota may soon have an end to its gov...

Minnesota Government Shutdown Deal Pushes Budget Problems Down The Road

AP | MARTIGA LOHN and AMY FORLITI | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The abrupt agreement on a budget deal to end Minnesota's government shutdown, in which Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton dropped his...

Minnesota Shutdown Sees Light At The End Of The Tunnel (LATEST UPDATES)

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics

The post and live blog below are a collaboration between Patch and HuffPost reporters. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans struck a deal...

Minnesota Shutdown Deal Reached

AP | MARTIGA LOHN and CHRIS WILLIAMS | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans agreed Thursday to end a budget impasse that prompted the longest state governm...

Booze Becomes Casualty Of State Government Shutdown

AP | STEVE KARNOWSKI | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

MINNEAPOLIS — Miller, Coors and other popular beers may disappear from Minnesota stores and bars within days because brewing giant MillerCoors l...

Pawlenty Distorted Record On Minnesota Shutdown

AP | By MARTIGA LOHN | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is seizing on a state government shutdown in his home state to try to spark a flagging president...

Minnesota Budget Dispute Remains Unresolved

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics

The post and live blog below are a collaboration between Patch and HuffPost reporters. There were no new talks scheduled as Minnesota's government ...

Idled Minnesota Public Employees Holding On – For Now

AP | STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI | Posted 09.09.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Kent Mechels spent the last three Christmases away from his family plowing snow off Minnesota roads so people could drive safe...

State Sees Little Urgency To End Shutdown

AP | MARTIGA LOHN | Posted 09.08.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Instead of sending Minnesota's elected leaders into a frenzy of activity, the nation's only state government shutdown has deep...

Minnesota Shutdown Sees No End In Sight

Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics

The post and live blog below are a collaboration between Patch and HuffPost reporters. The Minnesota state government has been shut down for more t...

Minnesota Shutdown: Rising Costs and Growing Frustration

Steve Ressler | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
Steve Ressler

While Minnesota politicians may believe they are taking a stand on fiscal responsibility, now is not the time to be inflexible.

Minnesota Shutdown Costing State Millions

AP | PATRICK CONDON | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Facing Republican demands to limit enrollment in assistance programs and trim historically generous state benefits, Democratic...

Minnesota Governor, Lawmakers Meet Amid Shutdown

AP | MARTIGA LOHN | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Turning off the lights on Minnesota's state government isn't a money-saver. In fact, the state's six-day-old shutdown over sta...

Romney Reverses Course, TPaw Touts Shutdown And Debt Talks Continue

Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics

Economic issues were in the spotlight on Tuesday, both on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appear...

Budget Negotiations Resume In Minnesota Amid Shutdown

AP | PATRICK CONDON and MARTIGA LOHN | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders restarted budget talks Tuesday for the first time since Minnesota's governm...

Minnesota Shutdown Continues, Budget Negotiations Resume

Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics

The post and live blog below are a collaboration between Patch and HuffPost reporters. On the fifth day of the Minnesota state government shutdown,...

Minnesota Shutdown Has Republican Lawmakers Facing Angry Voters

AP | PATRICK CONDON | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics

EAGAN, Minn. — As Republican Sen. Ted Daley hustled up Yankee Doodle Road in the lineup for Eagan's Fourth of July parade, some of his constitue...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, economic tremors continued to rattle the world. In Greece, despite ongoing protests, the government passed harsh austerity measures. Closer to home, California passed a budget with deep cuts to social safety net programs and the state's once-vaunted higher education system. And, in Minnesota, a budget impasse forced the government to begin furloughing state workers and shutting down services, including state parks -- just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Minnesota Republicans, who rejected Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's revenue proposals, are obviously not familiar with the new Harvard study, which found that kids who attend July 4 celebrations are more likely to become Republicans later in life. One less 4th of July picnic in the park; one less future Bachmann voter.

Debt Ceiling Crisis Heats Up As Deadline Approaches: Your Day In Politics (VIDEO)

Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reversed course after making questionable comments on the effect President Barack Obama's fiscal policie...

Minnesota Government Shutdown Begins, No End In Sight

AP | PATRICK CONDON | Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mark Dayton, the Democratic governor of Minnesota who let his state's government shut down rather than accept the refusal of R...