The goal was admirable even if the tax increase was astronomical. In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature jacked up Minnesota's cigarette excise tax by a whopping 130 percent and raised the state's tax on other tobacco products from 70 percent of the wholesale price to 95 percent of the wholesale price. The idea was to raise money for the state's bottom line, sure, but the admirable other goal — the one stated again and again as justification for the big-bucks grab — was to get smokers to quit the filthy, cancer-causing habit in the face of just not being able to afford it anymore.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Democratic incumbent Rick Nolan maintained a slight lead over Republican challenger Stewart Mills in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District race early Wednesday morning -- a contest predicted to be one of the closest House races in the nation. In the 7th Congressional District, longtime U.S. Rep.
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Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton won one final victory Tuesday to cap his nearly 40-year career as a public servant. Dayton beat Republican Jeff Johnson.
Lorraine A. Kuyava, a single person, Robert Botner and Kathy L. Botner, h&w, Rick G. Kuyava and Kathy Kuyava, h&w, Brian N. Kuyava and Jody Kuyava, h&w and Jason Smith and Kristin L. Smith, h&w, hereby conveys to Annette Hadeed, Lot 21 in Hosner's Addition to Wadena. James David Kovar and Krista LaVerne Kovar, h&w, hereby conveys to Jay M. Davis, That part of the SE1/4 SW1/4 of Section 25, Twp.
After eight years serving as executive director of the Cultural Center in New York Mills, the longest tenure of any previous director, Jamie Robertson, will be leaving his post in June 2015. He plans to spend more time on his farm with his wife, district court judge Sally Robertson, and with children and grandchildren in Northfield and Reno, Nev. Robertson also plans to resume his long interest in documentary photography and to pursue a new passion for hand-tool-based woodworking.
Reese Vandermay Reese Margaret Vandermay, girl, was born on Oct. 18 at 10:50 p.m. to Danelle and Richard Vandermay of Wadena. She weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Shaneen Schmidt at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Proud grandparents are Scott and Peggy Loween, and Judy Fischer. McKenzie Stout McKenzie Ann Stout, girl, was born Oct. 21 to Tina Spicer and Eddie Stout of Frazee. She weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz and was 20.5 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Herrald at Perham Health in Perham.
The Wadena County Board candidate guide in last week's Pioneer Journal included the incorrect location of Dave Schermerhorn's residence. He lives west of Sebeka in Redeye Township.