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Franken tells Burnsville forum: GOP bill isn't about health care

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., was part of a community forum Saturday on the Senate health care bill. The meeting, held at the Diamondhead Education Center in Burnsville, was hosted by “This Is Medicaid,” a coalition of Minnesota health care, disability and consumer organizations that oppose the $800 billion in Medicaid cuts included in the Senate plan released last week.

At the forum, citizens spoke emotionally about what Medicaid has meant for their health care.

Visitation students get firsthand lessons in the Great Depression

A hunger march drew throngs of unemployed to Minneapolis City Hall on July 8, 1932. In the here and now, Visitation students are interviewing those who lived through the Depression, getting a far more vivid picture than textbooks can provide.

For three years now, English teacher Elizabeth Arnstein has assigned her junior students to interview survivors of the Great Depression, then write a magazine-style article.

South metro briefs: Uponor North America breaks ground on $17.4M expansion

Uponor North America broke ground June 6 in Apple Valley on its $17.4 million expansion, to be finished in January. The expansion includes 58,000 square…

Richard Caire, rock 'n' roll musician known as Kai-Ray, dies at 81

To understand the impact Richard Caire had on Minneapolis’ music, one needs only to look back to the early 1960s. It was a peculiar time…

South metro police blotter, June 25

BURNSVILLE MAY 21 Theft. An 18-year-old Lakeville woman was arrested for theft after she was caught shoplifting at CVS Pharmacy, 810 Cty. Road 42…

Cosmetics maker Bell Labs expands again in Eagan, adding 50 jobs

The company's growth is spurred by demand for natural and organic skin-care products.

Vikings begin to market 200-acre development around new Eagan HQ

The Vikings on Thursday officially announced their marketing launch for Viking Lakes, a 200-acre project.

Burnsville Center's Sears store will close in September

It becomes the latest in the Twin Cities to shut down, but Gordmans will reopen.

Fans have fun singing all night long with Lionel Richie

Review: In his first show back after knee surgery, Lionel Richie was a crowd-pleasing, singalong entertainer at Mystic Lake on Thursday.

Former South St. Paul airport manager pleads guilty to stealing more than $100K

Glenn Burke, 54, of Inver Grove Heights, is on unpaid suspension, the Metropolitan Airports Commission said.

32½ years for gunman who killed bystander in Burnsville store

The gunfire followed a dispute in the store involving the shooter's girlfriend and an employee.

Dakota, Washington counties approve transportation taxes

The move replaces an existing quarter-cent tax before CTIB dissolves itself.

Fired exec from South St. Paul firm may be linked to dozens of condo fraud cases

Property management company fired employee, and he briefly went missing.

Star Tribune distribution agent dies in Dakota County crash on way to work

A Twin Cities motorist killed in a collision over the weekend with a semitrailer truck in southern Dakota County was heading to work at a…

Deer kills Twin Cities motorcyclist on ride with others in N. Minn.

A Twin Cities man riding with a group of motorcyclists in north-central Minnesota was struck by a deer and killed, authorities said Monday. The collision…

Two die in car crashes Saturday

Two people died in car crashes around the state Saturday, one a bicyclist west of Belle Plaine and another an older man whose car struck a tree in Aitkin County, according to the State Patrol.

Man dies in Wabasha County crash Sunday

A man died Sunday afternoon in Wabasha County when his vehicle went off the road, flipped and slammed into a utility pole, according to the…

Dakota County granted $6M repair of Byllesby Dam from Legislature

Dakota County asked for funding last year to replace the dam's turbines but didn't get it.

Canterbury Park transforms from racetrack to entertainment destination

Track operators say marketing gimmicks help drive attendance at the park, whose visitors are often leery of gambling more than a few bucks at a time.