Forum News Service
The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, including the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In addition to breaking and enterprise news, we offer a wide variety of sports, features, business, agriculture, outdoors and opinion content. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.
- Member for
- 5 years 3 months
FARGO — Drought conditions in North Dakota and western Minnesota should get better this spring, but farmers will rely more on spottier thunderstorms and conditions will get dry again in August and September, says one of the region’s leading weather and climate experts. “It’s all going to be about timing this year,” says Leon Osborne of Grand Forks, N.D., president and CEO of Meridian Environmental Technology. He spoke to a crowd of about 300 Feb. 6 at the Northwest Farm Managers meeting in Fargo.
ST. PAUL – University of Minnesota students and officials pushed state lawmakers Thursday to fund a plan to freeze undergraduates’ tuition. The tuition hold, which comes at a cost of $42.6 million over the next two years, is one piece of the university’s nearly $1.2 billion request from the state. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities student Ryan Olson, a Moorhead native, said tuition cost is a key issue for students. “We want to make it more affordable for the future students who go to the U of M,” Olson said. “It’s our responsibility as current students.”
ST. PAUL – Republicans said Gov. Mark Dayton focused on a budget plan that costs too much and does not help create jobs during his third State of the State speech Wednesday night. “Minnesota families are going to pay more, regardless of what he says,” Sen. Bill Weber, R-Luverne, said. The Democratic governor promoted his plan to raise taxes on the richest Minnesotans and to lower the sales tax rate while broadening what is taxed. He has said only the top 2 percent highest earning Minnesotans would pay more, but Republicans think his plan would impact the middle class.