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ST. PAUL (AP) — A new report says there's a shortage of affordable rental housing in most Minnesota counties. The analysis from the Minnesota Housing Partnership says that in all but three of the state's counties there are more low-income renters than affordable units. Researcher Leigh Rosenberg tells Minnesota Public Radio News that since 2000, rents have risen about 6 percent statewide, but renter incomes have dropped about 17 percent.
ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota farmers are expected to harvest their second-largest corn crop in state history. According to this week's projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Minnesota's corn and soybean crops are expected to be slightly smaller than 2012, partly because fields in some parts of the state were hurt by too much spring rain, followed, by a streak of cool temperatures.
ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota has missed its tax collection projections in July by about $21 million. The shortage is reflected in a Department of Minnesota Management and Budget memo released Monday. But officials caution that the results are preliminary and subject to change. The state began its new fiscal year in July with a state budget that raises taxes on high incomes, tobacco and some previously exempt purchases.
NEW ULM (AP) — The tourism chief in New Ulm admitted Monday his office faked a story of finding a mysterious concrete cast footprint that the southern Minnesota city promoted as that of Herman the German, the statute of a Germanic warrior that stands guard over New Ulm.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An animal welfare group poured red paint over the Iowa State Fair's butter cow, but the damage was quickly scraped away and the iconic sculpture is back on display. Iowans for Animal Liberation, which promotes veganism, claimed responsibility in a Sunday news release, saying the paint represents the millions of animals killed annually for food.
ST. PAUL (AP) — Former WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby declined Friday to make a run for a Minnesota congressional seat after being courted by Democrats to challenge a GOP incumbent. Shelby told The Associated Press that he didn't think he could accomplish change on climate issues and other policies without a long stay in Washington. At 66, Shelby said he's content to continue with the charity work, speaking engagements and writing he has taken on since leaving TV news a few years ago.
LAWTON, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa high school softball team's pranks at a state tournament have landed the school's athletic program on probation. The Sioux City Journal reported Thursday that probation for the Lawton-Bronson High School girls program will last for a year. The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union said that if there's misconduct during the probation, the school faces a year's suspension from all state and regional tournaments.
NEW ULM - A 39-year-old Worthington woman who pleaded guilty last fall to felony kidnapping and gross misdemeanor terroristic threats at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in June 2012, was sentenced to 21 months in prison Tuesday in an amended Brown County District Court decision. Last October, Elisheba J.
ROSEVILLE (AP) — A 45-year-old suburban Minneapolis man wasted little time Thursday in claiming one-third of a $448 million Powerball jackpot, coming forward only hours after realizing he had won to reveal his good fortune to the world. Paul White, a project engineer from Ham Lake, said at a news conference at Minnesota State Lottery headquarters that his "significant other" called him Thursday morning to say one of three winning tickets for Wednesday night's drawing had been sold in Minnesota.
SAYLORSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A disabled junk dealer feuding with local officials over his debris-strewn property packed a rental car with guns and ammunition before opening fire at a town meeting and killing three men, authorities said Tuesday. Rockne Newell, 59, had lost his property this year in a court fight over complaints that he lived in a storage shed, built an illegal culvert and used a bucket outside as a toilet.