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Backlash Forces St. Cloud to Ditch Drastic Rental Property Mandates

On second thought, maybe it's not such a great idea to force St. Cloud property owners to spend thousands of dollars on a regulatory program with a catchy title but little apparent support outside of those who want to punish landlords. More than a dozen property owners and citizens unloaded on the St. Cloud City Council this week over City Hall's plan to make the voluntary Eyes on the South Side rental property program a requirement to get certified by the city. Their decision to go public led city councilors to back off at least in the short run, reports the St....

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Economist’s View Column: Growler regs aren’t about protecting consumers

This op ed appeared in the Duluth News Tribune on July 12th, 2019 In March 2011, Clint MacFarlane, who had been home-brewing and developing his own recipes since 2006, opened a brewery in Castle Danger. He began self-distributing via 13 local bars and restaurants and selling growlers three nights a week from the 700-square-foot brewery. By 2014, a 10,000-square-foot production facility with taproom was being built in Two Harbors. That year, 1,500 barrels of beer were produced. By 2017, that was up to 14,800 barrels, quantity going hand in hand with quality. In 2018, Castle Danger beat Minneapolis-based Surly to become...

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St. Paul Residents Remain Defiant Over Vote on Garbage

The dispute over whether the city of St. Paul will comply with the law and allow residents to vote on an organized garbage collection referendum has moved to the editorial pages, while awaiting direction from the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Star Tribune recently ran a blistering counterpoint from one of the citizens who collected more than 6,000 signatures to require a referendum only to be refused that right by the city illegally, according to a district court. Attorney Patricia Hartmann ripped a column defending the official city line by longtime St. Paul journalist and writer Bonnie Blodgett. One notable red flag is her...

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