ST. PAUL - Minnesota finance officials are predicting a state budget surplus of more than $1 billion.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) has responded to 175 crashes statewide since midnight, Dec. 4. Of those, 137 occurred in the Twin Cities Metro area. There were no serious or fatal crashes.
ST. PAUL - A state task force is recommending a major overhaul of Minnesota's laws governing sex offenders with a goal of creating more options to get them out of forced, indefinite treatment.
BAXTER - Planning ahead for a sober ride now might be a good choice as troopers, deputies and officers plan to crack down on drunk drivers during a stepped-up statewide and nationwide DWI enforcement effort, Nov. 29 – Dec. 28.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's unemployment rate has dropped below 5 percent for the first time in nearly six years as the state climbs further out of the deep hole caused by the Great Recession.
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota's firearms deer harvest so far this season is down 6 percent from the same point last year.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators say they must act next year on the politically charged issue of sex offenders, or risk having a judge do it for them.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota hunters harvested 77,008 deer during the first three days of the firearms season, down 8 percent from 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton is directing his human services commissioner to halt provisional releases of Minnesota sex offenders until the Legislature has time to make changes to the state's legally embattled treatment program.
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota hunters have killed at least 45 wolves since Saturday when the state opened its second wolf season since the animals came off the endangered list.