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ST. PAUL - Taxes would fall for a third of Minnesota homeowners in a House Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party property tax proposal. House researcher Nina Manzi told the House Taxes Committee Monday that about 500,000 Minnesotans may be affected. The property tax proposal - the highlight of an overall tax bill unveiled Monday - eliminates income tax deductions for homeowners' property tax payments. Rep.
Donald E. Fiedler, age 75 of Cottage Grove, on Sunday morning, April 20, 2008 at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul. Memorial Service 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Cottage Grove United Church of Christ, 7008 Lamar Ave. S. Cottage Grove. Visitation 4:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at church. Arr. Kok Funeral Home, 651-459-2875.
When 27-year-old Rohini Krishnamurthy died at Regions Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, she left behind more than a job and a family back in India. In beds at the same hospital, two close friends and coworkers who were trapped with her beneath St. Croix River waters on Sunday night remained, clinging to life. By late Thursday morning, Deepa Velluswamy was in serious condition, while Kalaiselvi Vijayakumar, was in critical condition, a hospital spokesperson said. Both women are 25 years old.
ST. PAUL - Signs are that rural Minnesota's primary economic development program will survive a legislative attack, but there is no guarantee. The 4-year-old program that Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and rural lawmakers from both parties established is under fire this year for two reasons - it costs the state millions during a tough economic time and an audit discovered 30 problems with the program. "This has been a very valuable economic tool for rural Minnesota," Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, said. "Changes will be made." Marquart and Sen.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota's bovine tuberculosis status is officially downgraded today, following an announcement on Tuesday by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH). The U.S. Department of Agriculture has moved the state from Modified Accredited Advanced (MAA) to Modified Accredited (MA) status, meaning cattle and bison producers in the state must test their feeder and breeding animals for the disease before they can be transported out of state. Slaughter animals need not be tested if they are being transported from the farm directly to a processing facility.
The three-day snowstorm that pummeled the Iron Range from Saturday night through Monday morning didn't set any single day-snowfall records for the state but was one of the biggest multi-day snowfalls and may have been the state's largest April snowstorm. * The storm -- topped by 32 inches recorded just north of Virginia -- was easily the biggest April snowfall for the Iron Range.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds snowmobilers that Grant-in-Aid snowmobile trails closed for the season on April 1. Riding these trails without the landowner's permission is trespassing. In addition, the state is no longer grooming snowmobile trails. Caution is urged when riding on the new snow that fell throughout northern Minnesota.
Representatives voted 129-0 to make it easier for military personnel and others overseas to cast Minnesota ballots. Among other things, the bill allows those overseas to request to cast votes electronically. The bill, similar to one senators earlier passed, would apply to many people overseas, such as Peace Corps members. "It has been a long time coming allowing the military to vote," said Rep. Bernie Lieder, DFL-Crookston, the only World War II veteran in the House. The House also passed other provisions to streamline election procedures.
With portions of Lake Pepin still covered by 27 inches of ice it may be awhile before the opening of the shipping season on the upper Mississippi River. Ice measurements taken April 3 show that areas of the lake near Lake City have between 22-27 inches of ice. "Tow operating companies tell us that they like to see 12 inches of ice or less before they'll try to push through," said Mark Davidson, a spokesman for the St. Paul District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Despite temperatures above freezing the last couple of weeks the ice is not melting quickly.
WORTHINGTON -- From growing algae and switchgrass to converting livestock manure and food processing waste into compost, researchers are doing what they can to improve America's energy independence. That was the message during a two-hour session on renewables Thursday afternoon at the fourth annual Bioscience Conference in Worthington.