MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It is billed as the most beautiful urban marathon in the country, and with good reason. Not that Johanna Olson really noticed. Whenever she ran the Twin Cities Marathon, the elite runner from Wadena had been so focused on a fast time that she didn’t give much attention to the scenery around her.
ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers were braced for bad news with Thursday’s release of a state economic forecast. Expectations at the Capitol were for somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion in red ink in the state general fund. That would set the table for another showdown between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative majorities, with both sides still smarting from last summer’s budget battle that led to a state government shutdown.