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Workers had until July 22 to apply for the bonus pay, and the state ended up receiving 1,199,416 applications — more than twice the 667,000 applications lawmakers expected to receive. Now about 18% face rejection and have until the end of August to appeal.
Monday's unanimous ruling is the latest dismissal of a push from the Minnesota Voters Alliance to change the makeup and procedures around absentee ballot boards, which must accept or reject absentee ballots. It's part of an effort from conservatives nationally to change the way absentee ballots are handled.
It wasn't the biggest fire in recent history in northern Minnesota. The Pagami Creek Fire in 2011 was nearly four times bigger and scorched a huge swath of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The vote among 15,000 Minnesota Nurses Association members was "overwhelmingly" in favor of the strike, according to MNA.

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Daniel Thomas Nelson, 25, Hopkins, was fishing on Elm Island Lake when he fell overboard and never resurfaced.
A theater performance can be overwhelming, and not in a good way for people sensitive to lights, sounds and certain movement.
Farwell, Minn. has a population of about 50. It doesn’t have traffic lights or a gas station. But as of this summer, four buildings — most of its remaining town center — are now open as renovated arts and community spaces.
The last record of a traditional bark lodge built here dates back to the Lower Sioux Agency in the spring of 1862, right before the U.S.-Dakota War.
Abbey McDonald, the former Bluejacket star, still has her “ups and downs,” but hopes her story can help others battling similar problems.
In its 2021 uniform crime report released Friday, Aug. 12, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported 201 murders, an 8.5% annual increase, and a 21.6% increase in violent crime. The previous murder record was set in 2020, when Minnesota had 185 murders — a 58% increase from the 117 reported in 2019.

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Severe cold weather across the southern U.S. in February 2021 sent energy prices soaring across the U.S. due to gas supply disruptions and a spike in demand. While the weather had a particularly severe effect on Texas’ power grid, customers in Minnesota ended up seeing significant increases in prices. Customers of the state's gas utilities ended up getting charged around $660 million more than they normally would in February.
Tomassoni, an independent lawmaker from Chisholm, was first elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 1992. He revealed his diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2021, and continued to serve as a senator.
The Iron Range lawmaker's legacy will include a $25 million law that will help fund research of ALS, which he had for the last year of his life.

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