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Minnesota's workers' compensation system isn't broken, but reform is needed to make sure it doesn't break down, said Steve Sviggum, commissioner of the state Department of Labor and Industry. "It's best to do things in advance," Sviggum told a group of nearly 20 people Wednesday at the Red Wing Public Library.
MARSHALL -- The trial of Olga Marina Franco Del Cid, the 24-year-old Minneota woman charged in the fatal Cottonwood school bus crash, will begin July 28 in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar. In an order issued Tuesday, District Judge David W. Peterson denied a second motion for change of venue filed by Franco's attorneys. Peterson indicated that Kandiyohi County is the "preferred location" for the trial. Peterson's first order granting Franco's request for a change of venue -- moving the trial to Kandiyohi County -- was issued June 11.
ST. PAUL - One Minnesotan discussed for a Cabinet position if Barack Obama wins the presidency says he would not accept any such offer and another made such a move sound doubtful. U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson heads the U.S. House Agriculture committee and Rep. Jim Oberstar is chairman of the Transportation Committee. Peterson, who serves western Minnesota, left no doubt about being in the Cabinet: "I will not be ag secretary under any circumstances. Don't want it. I will not take it.
WILLMAR -- State budget reductions could mean counties will have to pay for some public defenders and state prisoners. The financial shift is part of a "string of squeezes" the state is passing onto counties, said Jay Kieft, director of the Kandiyohi County Family Services Department. Kieft on Tuesday told the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners that the State Board of Public Defense announced that as of July 8 it will no longer provide public defenders to parents involved with child protection cases, or cases when parents' rights are being terminated. The decision was made because budg
The Lake Superior Zoo is loosing Murray, its 450-pound male Siberian (Amur) tiger, Wednesday morning. The Association of Zoos and Aquarium's Species Survival Plan selected Murray as a potential mate for a female at Como Zoo in St. Paul. Murray is one of 12 animals at the Lake Superior Zoo that is part of the Species Survival Plan. The cooperative program helps ensure the survival of endangered species by enabling zoos and aquariums across the nation to exchange animals for breeding. The pairings are made based on the animal's genetic makeup. Murray was born at the Minnesota Zoo in 1993.
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Satirist-turned-candidate Al Franken convinced Democratic activists to look beyond controversies about his past Saturday as he locked up the party's U.S. Senate endorsement. "I'm not a perfect person and I'm not going to pretend to have all the answers, but I'll tell the truth," Franken told raucous Democratic activists gathered in Rochester's Mayor Civic Center.
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Democrats left their state convention rallying behind Barack Obama, but the party remained divided about whether Hillary Clinton should fill out the presidential ticket. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party activists gathered at Rochester's Mayo Civic Center for a three-day convention that ended Sunday said they are heading into the general election season confident of Obama's historic candidacy. There is less agreement on whether Clinton, who Saturday ended her own run for president, could help or hurt Obama's chances against Republican Sen.
Two hundred barrels of gasoline spilled from a holding tank at the Marathon Petroleum Refinery, St. Paul Park, at 4:45 a.m. Sunday. Marathon spokesman Robert Calmus said no one was hurt and the spill was contained in the earthen dike surrounding the 71,677-barrel holding tank. Firefighters from St. Paul Park and Newport responded to a 911 call, but were not needed on refinery property, Calmus said.
Richard Andrews, 53, died at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after an early morning fire at his St. Paul Park home Friday. St. Paul Park Fire and Police departments were called to 805 First St., at 1:39 a.m. after receiving a report of smoke coming from the home. Police attempted to enter the home but were unable to due to heavy smoke and fire conditions, according to a press release. Firefighters entered the home and found Andrews down and unresponsive on the first floor.