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WILLMAR -- Pesticides are coming under increased scrutiny in the state, and with it has come a call for a change in the law that governs the public's access to information on their use. State Rep. Ken Tschumper, DFL-La Crescent, is hosting a hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Tschumper, chair of the House subcommittee on Environmental Justice and Healthy Housing, has authored legislation to broaden Minnesota's pesticide right-to-know law. His bill would make public the records kept by those applying restricted use pesticides in the state.
My friend Owen Oxley is a stubborn cuss. The Minneapolis advertising executive has had his ups and downs. When young British kids were being sent to the U.S. in 1940 to avoid the blitz, little Owen Oxley's parents sent him to live with his English grandparents on the Dover coast! Years later, he founded a glossy magazine, "Edina," but when the economy went south, so did "Edina." Later, he wrote a wonderful book based on the experience of living with his mortician English grandfather on the Dover coast.
Becker County Attorney Joe Evans was named a Minnesota district judge Friday by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Evans will fill the trial court bench vacancy that will occur with the retirement of Thomas Schroeder on Oct.
ST. PAUL - Carol Molnau watched as Gov. Tim Pawlenty went before reporters to publicly veto a large transportation spending bill.
Scott Wente firstname.lastname@example.org ST. PAUL - A group of Democratic lawmakers want Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau to resign, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office said Minnesota's top transportation official will not be fired. Many Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party legislators long have been critical of top officials at the Department of Transportation, but Wednesday was the first time they raised their criticism to the point of seeking Molnau's resignation. She also is Republican Pawlenty's lieutenant governor. Standing near a busy St.
More than 200 years ago when fur traders and voyageurs traveled the St. Croix River, historians say the landscapes they saw probably looked similar to what we see today. On Sept. 29-30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors to William O 'Brien State Park, will experience the St. Croix river landscape and the fall colors while an encampment of voyageurs demonstrate their centuries-old lifestyle. "The French word for traveler is voyageur," said Diane Hedin, park naturalist at William O'Brien. "The Voyageurs were a group of men who traveled down the St.
A group that wants to expand power lines across the state - including into southeast Minnesota - presented its case Tuesday in Red Wing. Officials heading up the CapX 2020 project gave the public a look at plans that would extend power lines from the Twin Cities to Rochester via Hampton.
On the regional front this week we have a lovely book, "Little Heathens," by Mildred Armstrong Kalish (Bantam, $22). The little heathens are what the author's grandparents call her and her brothers and sisters when they come to live with the old folks in Garrison, Iowa, just as the Great Depression begins. It's a heartwarming story about the extended family, their mores and folkways, even their recipes, their surviving the dreadful economic situation and even the weather that brought famine and pestilence to the once rich countryside. The little heathens arrive in Iowa in 1930 with their mo
WILLMAR -- Members of the House Transportation Finance Committee were told repeatedly Monday night in Willmar to pass a transportation bill with a gas tax increase. The committee, which is made up primarily of metro legislators, listened to testimony for more than two hours about the need for additional transportation funding in rural regions, like Kandiyohi County. Nearly all who testified expressed disappointment that the transportation bill was vetoed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty this spring, and nearly all asked the committee to try again to get the bill and gas tax increase approved.
SAUK CENTRE -- The three ears of corn picked by Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, from a Kandiyohi County field on his way to Sauk Centre served as a focal point Monday for frustrated farmers dealing with this year's drought. The ears, dotted with only a few kernels along with spots of mold, are what's really out in the fields, according to Belgrade farmer Neil Spanier. "That is real -- that's not candy coating the situation," Spanier told the joint meeting of the Minnesota House and Senate agriculture committees.