FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Something does not add up here: Math on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair? Fried candy bars on a stick? Sure. Twinkies on a stick? A no brainer. But math at a fair? Math on a stick is among new attractions at the 2015 fair, which began its 12-day run Thursday under hazy skies with a temperature that could not quite reach 80 degrees.
ST. PAUL -- The federal government has spent up to $30 million battling a new strain of flu that resulted in more than 1.6 million Minnesota turkey deaths and experts warn that the issue could go on up to five more years. "This is something we may have to live with for a number of years," Dr. John Clifford of the U.S. Department of Agriculture told a Minnesota House agriculture committee Thursday.
ST. PAUL -- Chances that Minnesota liquor stores will be allowed to open Sundays are fading, but state leaders may be chipping away at related liquor laws. Sen. Roger Reinert, D-Duluth, said Monday the chances for overturning the Sunday sales ban this legislative session are dim.
ST. PAUL -- Legislative Republicans say they can fund all 607 Minnesota road and bridge projects Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton proposes, but without tax increases. Republicans this morning announced a $7 billion, 10-year plan that relies on money that Dayton would spend on other programs, as well as borrowing money. Dayton calls for $6 billion in more taxes over a decade, part of a nearly $11 billion transportation proposal.
ST. PAUL -- State officials estimate that 326,170 Minnesotans live within a half mile of railroad tracks that carry crude oil, a distance often known as the danger zone. People within a half mile of tracks usually will be evacuated if an oil train could explode or catch fire after a derailment.