Thursday, May 23, 2013
Tweaks to the state aid program and additional funding didn’t benefit Minnetonka any.
As expected, Minnetonka will continue to do without local government aid money despite changes to the funding formula and more money in the program. The omnibus tax bill—which passed the Minnesota Senate 36-30 just a few minutes before midnight Monday, the legislative session's legal deadline—pumps $80 million more into the local government aid (LGA) program. The aim is to help cities lower property taxes. Click on the PDF to the right of this article to see a full breakdown of how cities across the state will fare. LGA is intended to help cities with greater needs than they can reasonably expect to fund through property taxes. In most cases, the money goes into a city's general fund, to be spent however city officials deem necessary. Yet …
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The team defeated Shakopee 7-0 in the final.
Congratulations to the Minnetonka High School Varsity team on winning the Section 2AA team tournament Tuesday at Gustavus. The team defeated Hutchinson 7-0 in the semifinals and Shakopee 7-0 in the final. Next stop is the state tournament which begins June 4.
Shreya Dixit could have taken the bus to her parents' home in Eden Prairie that night. That was the plan when the University of Wisconsin student woke up that morning, before she learned she would be able to catch a ride with a friend.
‘Simply spending more money and calling it reform doesn’t work,’ the state senator argued.
Sen. David Hann (R-District 48) doesn’t think funding for all-day kindergarten will help the state much in solving its education problems. “We’ve had all-day kindergarten in place for a long time in this state,” Hann, whose district includes Eden Prairie and Minnetonka, told Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey. “If there had been a huge impact as a result of that, we would’ve seen it already. Most school districts already do a significant amount of all-day kindergarten.” The bill provides $485 million over two years in new spending for public schools. It sets aside $238 million to boost the basic school funding formula, with funding increases of 1.5 percent each year. A new all-day kindergarten program funded by the state will receive $134 …
Who’s NOT planning a BBQ this weekend? If the weather holds and you’ve got propane or charcoal, chances are, you’re grilling something with your friends and family. Here, new ideas for keeping your costs down. Sponsored by Home Depot.
Here at Patch, we like to be thrifty, so we talked to two barbeque experts and uncovered some really good ideas to help you save money on your next outdoor party. 1. Start with a marinade. This means planning ahead—say, Friday. But it’s worth it, says Rick Browne, host of Barbeque America on PBS, because you can pass up that well-marbled ribeye steak and buy a less tender and less expensive choice to grill like a flank steak or chuck steak. Just marinate it or brine for one or two days and then cook long and slow on the barbeque grill to break down tissues but maintain moisture. “You need to include an acid in the marinade, perhaps juice, vinegar or soy sauce, but avoid cola which is so acidic it can turn meat into a soggy mess.” Try …
What's your take on Minnesota's higher cigarette and income taxes, same-sex marriage law, all-day kindergarten funding, gun control measures, minimum wage and more?
What do you like—or dislike—in what the Minnesota Legislature did or didn't do? Leave a comment below. The Star Tribune posted a handy list of issues the Minnesota Legislature did and didn't tackle in the session that ended Monday at midnight. Love 'em? Hate 'em? Leave a comment below. DID: DIDN'T DO: See the full post at startribune.com. Which actions the Minnesota Legislature took do you support or oppose? Leave a comment below.
Water temperatures on Lake Minnetonka are currently in the 60s, even though air temperatures this week have been in the 70s.
On Lake Minnetonka, there are free life jackets available that boaters may borrow for the day. The program called "Kids Don’t Float" is a partnership between the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Safe Kids Northwest Metro Minneapolis and North Memorial Medical Center. The life jackets are found inside storage containers located at three public boat launch locations: Gray’s Bay, Spring Park Bay and Maxwell Bay. “Life jackets save lives,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, “Putting a life jacket on a child is just as important as putting them in a seatbelt or car seat.” Related Post: Life jackets are especially important during the Memorial Day weekend because of the chilly water conditions. All personnel at the Sheriff’s Water …
In August 2004, blood was collected from the scene. Now that a DNA match has been found, the suspect is charged with theft.
A Richfield man is charged for an incident that happened in 2004. A court summons was issued last week for Daniel Isaac Andrews, now 29, on a felony theft charge. In August 2004, Minnetonka Police took a report of theft from Birch Lane. The owner of a computer rental company said he'd parked his SUV in his driveway at night. In the morning, he found one of the windows broken and a large amount of computer gear stolen, including five laptops. The owner's insurance company settled the owner's claim of loss for over $8,000. During the investigation, police found blood in the SUV that appeared to be left by the perpetrator. The blood was collected and sent to the lab. A DNA profile, that is not expected to occur more than once in the world's …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sheriff Stanek says 87 arrests for boating while intoxicated were made last year in Hennepin County, promises water patrol will have "all boats" on lakes and rivers this Memorial Day.
On Tuesday, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek was at the Water Patrol station in Spring Park saying deputies, state troopers and DNR enforcement agents will be out in full force this Memorial Day. Related posts: