>>Latest Budget Forecast Shows Minnesota Will Have $3.7 Billion Surplus

(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Office of Management and Budget is forecasting the state will have a three-point-seven-billion-dollar surplus for 2024-2025.   That’s up one-point-three billion from the December forecast. Officials say growth is expected to persist in fiscal year 2027, but spending on education, health, and human services is still projected to exceed revenues.  Republican leaders say this economic forecast shows a “continued looming deficit.”

>>Woman Found Dead in Rochester Lying in Snow

(Rochester, MN) — Police in Rochester are investigating the death of a woman found in the snow Thursday afternoon.  Officers say they located two people lying on the ground near the Rochester Math and Science Academy.  A woman was dead at the scene, and a man was taken by ambulance to the hospital.  Officers say they believe the woman was homeless.  The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to identify the woman and her cause of death.

>>Texas Wildfire Smoke Heading to Minnesota

(Undated) — Smoke from the Texas wildfires is expected to hit Minnesota today. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that a plume of the Texas wildfire smoke will likely drift northeast over Minnesota. However, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the air quality today is expected to be in the green zone.

>>Former Cargill Worker Admits to Stealing Laptops to Sell Online

(Shakopee, MN) — A Shakopee man is accused of stealing hundreds of company laptops from his former employer.  Police say the defendant confessed to taking the electronic devices from Minnetonka-based Cargill so that he could sell them online.  Charges have yet to be filed against the man.

>>Minnesota Among Super Tuesday States

(Undated) — Voters in Minnesota will soon be heading to the polls for the Presidential Primary. Minnesota is among a cluster of states for Super Tuesday. There’s still an opportunity to vote early by absentee or mail-in ballot. More information is available online at sos-dot-state-dot-mn-dot-us

>>MSHSL Needs Officials for Spring Sports

(Brooklyn Center, MN) — If you’re interested in officiating for spring sports in Minnesota, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) is looking for officials and umpires for various sports, including softball, baseball, lacrosse, track and field, and boys’ volleyball, a new state-regulated sport that will begin spring 2025. To learn more or sign up, visit the MSHSL website. (https://www.mshsl.org/)

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