MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — This week's update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that an area of severe drought in central Minnesota has expanded eastward into Wisconsin. About 79 percent of Minnesota and 59 percent of Wisconsin are rated abnormally dry or worse, which hasn't changed from last week.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Union workers for St. Louis County have voted to accept the county's latest contract settlement offer. AFSCME negotiators announced the vote last night. The deal averts a strike by two-thirds of the northeastern Minnesota county's workforce. Union members voted on the deal at worksites yesterday. The options were to vote yes and ratify the contract, or vote no and reauthorize a strike.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eighteen people say dozens of public workers across the state violated their privacy by looking up their personal data. The group is filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota yesterday against more than 50 counties, municipalities and multiple state officials. Attorney Erick Kaardal tells The Winona Daily News some of his clients include state lawmakers.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Metropolitan Council projects nearly another million people in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area by 2040, with much of the growth concentrating in the core cities and inner-ring suburbs. Planners tell the St. Paul Pioneer Press they expect so-called millennials and others to choose smaller, more convenient housing over big but far-flung suburban dwellings.