It’s like winning the lottery without buying a ticket. But, odds are, you may never see the payout.
The Minnesota Commerce Department holds a $650 million jackpot of unclaimed property — mainly lost funds held by the state — waiting for tens of thousands of Minnesotans to redeem.
It’s not the government’s money. State law requires the unclaimed cash to be kept in perpetuity for the rightful owner. The state contracts with the Missing Money website to connect people with their unclaimed money, but few Minnesotans hear about it.Read More →
Four teachers are suing the Minnesota Board of Teaching for arbitrarily denying licenses “to well-qualified teachers who clearly meet the statutory requirements.”
So, what’s it take for teachers licensed in another state to obtain a license to continue their careers in Minnesota? A Harvard education? Bilingual capabilities? Years of teaching disadvantaged children? A special education degree?
None of the above?Read More →
Wind developer Geronimo Energy confirmed Wednesday it’s attempting to sign new leases with landholders at Black Oak wind farm in response to a deadline in state law that voids a lease if a project doesn’t begin commercial operation within seven years of the original contract signing date.
At the same time, the Edina-based wind and solar developer continues to pursue Plan B, a legislative fix for an up-to-82 megawatt wind facility apparently facing an uncertain future.Read More →
Critics say a proposed legislative fix violates the spirit of the law against special legislation for corporations and undercuts options for landowners who may rethink their involvement with wind developers.
The controversy focuses on the 82-megawatt Black Oak wind farm — on the drawing board in Stearns County since 2008. State law requires that wind energy projects be operational within seven years. If not, landowners with the seven-year itch can renegotiate or reconsider their options.Read More →
Thirty-six municipalities in Minnesota are operating golf courses at a loss to taxpayers, according to the latest statewide figures are available from the Minnesota state auditor.
The 36 cities golf courses operating as enterprise funds — a fee-based city service — ran up deficits totaling more than $4.5 million. A third of those cities recorded losses of more than $100,000.Read More →