Minnesota anglers who fish a lot or a little can hook newly created licenses tailored to their desires.
The new license options include a 72-hour fishing license, a three-year license and a reduced price annual license for youth ages 16 and 17, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
All Stearns County residents are reminded that the deadline to pay the first half of their 2013 property taxes is fast approaching. The first half of the 2013 real estate tax is due and payable by Wednesday, May 15, 2013. This is the last day to pay the first half without penalty.
To make paying taxes more convenient, Stearns County has several payment options.
This week at the Capitol, several omnibus budget bills were brought before the full Senate for debate and a final vote. On Thursday of this week the Omnibus E-12 Education bill was considered. This bill in its current form will spend $15.7 billion over the next two years on education. This amounts to 41 percent of the state general fund budget.
The bill also includes an optional expansion of all-day kindergarten and eliminates any parental fee for use of the program. This proposal also makes numerous policy changes to teacher licensure requirements and testing for students. Also included is an increase in the current school shift which has been discussed widely over the past few years and no funding is included to pay back the remaining portion of the existing shift.
This week at the Capitol, the Senate has been continuing work on the state budget. Numerous committee specific budget bills have been heard in the Finance Committee and passed off the Senate Floor. That work continues and likely will into next week.
Once a budget bill is passed by both the Senate and the House, there will be a conference committee convened to work out the differences between the two proposals. The governor will also begin to engage the legislative committees during these conferences in order to work toward final agreement on all the separate areas of the budget.
Other zoning ordinance changes
Chickens will now be allowed in residential districts in Stearns County. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday, April 23, voted to change the County’s Land Use and Zoning Ordinance to allow for chickens in R-1 and R-5 districts.