Authorities say the building that housed the Dollar Barn and Gilley's Naturals, as well as the apartments, is a total loss and will be torn down. WDIO-TV reports the Red Cross is assisting those who lived in the apartments.
State Sen. Tom Bakk proposed extending the 6.875 percent state sales tax to clothing in July, raising more than $250 million the first year and about $300 million a year afterward. Clothing and shoes are now exempt from the sales tax as basic necessities, along with food, prescriptions and diapers.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s decision to balance the state budget on his own with no new revenue will leave a $7.2 billion problem in two years for the next governor and Legislature, the Senate’s tax expert said Tuesday.
Vancouver, B.C.-based Ainsworth Lumber Co. announced Tuesday that it would permanently close its oriented strand board mills in Bemidji and Cook, Minn. The Cook mill had not operated for a year, and the Bemidji mill curtailed operations in October. Ainsworth is anticipating spending about $7 million for worker severance packages for the 280 workers and other costs related to permanently shuttering the mills.
, January 28, 2009
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