ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Police say at least 10,000 people marched in St. Paul to show their support for science. Demonstrators marched from the Cathedral of St. Paul to a rally at the state Capitol, chanting and singing along the route. It was one of around a dozen marches planned across Minnesota, including in Bemidji, Alexandria, New Ulm and Grand Marais.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's next two-year budget, and the three legislative leaders who will play an outsized role in crafting it, are taking the focus at the Capitol. Lawmakers have until late May to finalize a new budget that will likely surpass $45 billion in spending. Much of the deal-making will fall to Gov. Mark Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Twenty years after historic flooding hit towns on the Minnesota-North Dakota border, public officials say the $409 million spent on a new levee system has paid off. Minnesota Public Radio reports that 11 downtown Grand Forks buildings were destroyed when the Red River flooded the streets in April 1997. The flood displaced more than 50,000 people in the area, and the devastation drew national attention as well as a visit from then-President Clinton.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities say a man from the southern Minnesota town of Sleepy Eye who fell into a pile of burning leaves and debris has died. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office said Saturday that 73-year-old Richard Emil Martinka died of complications from his burns Friday night at a Minneapolis hospital. The Brown County sheriff's office says Martinka was burning the debris April 11 when his wheelchair tipped over.
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