ST. CLOUD -- Minnesota could see another $1 billion budget surplus by November, House Speaker Steve Sviggum predicted.
Speaking to the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Sviggum said the strong economy continues to generate significant sales tax revenues for the state.
''We have substantial surpluses all around,'' Sviggum said.
Any new surplus would come on the heels of a $1.8 billion surplus the Legislature dealt with in the 2000 session. Lawmakers used the money for tax reductions, tax rebates and increased spending.
Sviggum said the surplus could range from $800 million to more than $1 billion by November.
The speaker said that in 17 previous forecasts, state economists have underestimated the state's revenues. He said the forecasts need to be more accurate.
Insane Clown Posse cancels Sioux Falls show
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- So where are the clowns?
Not in Sioux Falls.
The rap group Insane Clown Posse canceled a show at the Sioux Falls Arena on Saturday night.
Only about 600 of the available 3,000 tickets for the show were sold, arena officials said.
A press release from the group, however, said the show was canceled because of pressure from religious and community groups. Some area parents had said earlier in the week that the group is obscene and promotes violence and suicide.
The group also failed to perform in Mankato, Minn., last week after a promoter said police required that he hire too many security guards.
Jade Nielsen said he would have had to nearly double his security staffing plans for the concert.
Star Tribune publisher backs away from effort
MINNEAPOLIS -- The publisher of the Star Tribune said he plans to step away from a campaign for a new Minnesota Twins ballpark that he helped start.
John Schueler said he didn't want to damage the newspaper's credibility and always intended to distance himself from the stadium effort once it was underway.
''I should not be the center of any story -- particularly one about a local ballpark,'' he wrote in a note to the newsroom Friday. ''I was attempting to bring together the appropriate people to develop a process through which Major League Baseball might stay in Minnesota.''
His note went on to apologize to staff members who felt his involvement placed them ''in a difficult and uncomfortable position.''
Schueler was among a small group of business leaders and elected officials who have met since January to discuss a privately driven effort to build a Twins ballpark in downtown Minneapolis.
Other members of the group, including Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein and public affairs consultant Chuck Neerland, said the effort would continue. The group hopes to begin an intensive, public design effort this summer.
One shot and one jailed in Minneapolis killing
MINNEAPOLIS -- Police were investigating the shooting death of a man early Sunday and were holding one man in the case.
Authorities did not immediately release the identity of the victim, who was killed in the 5700 block of Bloomington Avenue in south Minneapolis.
Neighbors said he appeared to be a nicely dressed man in his 20s. They said they heard loud arguing between men just before hearing a gunshot.
Police were called to the home about 1:30 a.m. and found the victim lying dead on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the head. Witnesses gave officers a description of a car, which was stopped several minutes later about a mile away.
Three men were taken in for questioning. A 19-year-old from St. Paul was booked into the Hennepin County jail about 8:30 a.m., according to jail records. He has been arrested at least three times for drug-related crimes, the records indicated.
Twin Cities hotel strike continues, doesn't spread
' BLOOMINGTON -- A strike continued at two hotels Sunday but did not spread to the seven other major hotels targeted by union workers seeking higher wages and better benefits.
Hotel and restaurant workers kept up the picketing at the Radisson South and Thunderbird hotels on the Interstate 494 strip near the airport.
Union members received a vote of support from Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., who visited the pickets at both hotels.
''Their demands for a living wage and health care are just,'' Wellstone said. ''I want there to be a settlement. If there isn't a settlement, it can't be good for anyone.''
Both hotels remained open, staffed by managers and replacement workers.
No trouble was reported Sunday, but police and union members scuffled Saturday morning at the Thunderbird when the strike began there. A union official was detained for several hours and ticketed for disorderly conduct.
Members of Local 17 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union began the strike Friday.
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