Local Government


AUDIO: Superintendent Tim Lutz on the E-12 budget passed at the Capitol

The Minnesota Legislature passed what it has called the biggest increase to e-12 education in the last 15 years, and Superintendent Tim Lutz says while the district is thankful for the increases, in the big picture, the district is still heading into financial trouble. The 2 percent per-pupil funding formula was increased, and Lutz said…


Tax bill includes $29 million to reimburse Enbridge for overpayment of taxes

Lawmakers agreed to an amendment that would give counties one-time grants of up to $29.4 million to reimburse Enbridge for overcollection in taxes. Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, and Hubbard were among those counties that collected property tax dollars from Enbridge for years, and a state court recently ruled that Enbridge overpaid. ‘The state assessed the property,…


Heavy agenda for Bemidji City Council’s first in-person meeting of the year

The Bemidji City Council’s first regular in-person meeting this Tuesday will cover a heavy agenda. Under new business, the council will consider establishing a police advisory committee, an extended partnership agreement with the Bemidji Community Arena, a request to extend municipal services and annexation for Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge, and discuss the expiration of Gov. Tim…

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