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ST. PAUL - Funding for rural Minnesota road improvements has a spot at the table if lawmakers meet in a special legislative session this fall. Since soon after the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed Aug. 1, Gov.
Public input on the future of deer populations in the state's farmland zone will be collected through August. The survey is the final part of a statewide deer population goal-setting project that began in 2005. So far, 900 online comments have been received, in addition to previous comments at public meetings. "This is a convenient opportunity for individuals to express their opinion on deer numbers," said Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game program coordinator. "Their opinion really does matter.
In June, New York Magazine devoted an entire issue to the economics of running a business in the Big Apple. One business caught my eye. Years back I was hip to what went on in the publishing world, but have fallen behind in my retirement. The magazine's profile of Random House, the nation's largest publisher was an eye opener. First of all, it's no longer owned by its New York founders. Nope. It's now owned as a unit of German media giant Bertelsmann.
This northern Minnesota back road is quickly disintegrating to twin goat paths, and Karl Seckinger is getting happier and happier. "See how we went from a 65 mph road to a 55 to a 40?" he says, bouncing behind the wheel of his Chevy S-10 Blazer. "And now we're on about a 6 mph road. Comin' home, baby!" Seckinger, who lives in Clover Valley, also is happy because this road will lead him to a small trout lake he knows well. He has fished here before. His stated purpose in making this trip is to monitor the lake's loon population.
Nine months after losing his Senate bid to a five-term lawmaker, Republican Steve Drazkowski found his way to St. Paul by winning a seat in the Minnesota House. The rural Wabasha man on Tuesday defeated Democrat Linda Pfeilsticker 53 percent to 47 percent in a special election to decide who would succeed former Rep.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. - A tax proposal having little to do with agriculture is dividing Minnesota lawmakers involved in writing new federal farm legislation. The issue - paying for part of the farm bill by tightening tax regulations on some foreign companies with U.S. business - elicited sharply different views from Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and four key legislators during a Tuesday forum at Farmfest. Rep.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. - Farmers in 56 Minnesota counties will be eligible for low-interest loans to help recover from this summer's drought, but that type of aid could have little impact in the state. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns on Tuesday began his visit to Farmfest, an agriculture trade show in southwestern Minnesota, by announcing 24 Minnesota counties were designated federal agriculture disaster areas.
A report released Tuesday may have you running away from Lake Superior beaches, but the official in charge of testing the waters in Duluth said the report is highly misleading. "It wasn't well put together," said Heidi Bauman, program coordinator with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's beach monitoring program. The National Resources Defense Council's "Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches," listed Minnesota among the five worst states in the country for failing to meet national health standards for bacteria at popular swimming beaches. Minnesota got that rankin
ON BIRCH LAKE -- Surrounded by the deep-blue waters and lush shoreline of a northern Minnesota lake, Dan Olson and two fellow drillers toiled last week inside a small metal enclosure in 92-degree heat. "Sweaty," was how Olson described working conditions inside the massive drill rig atop 7,000-acre Birch Lake near Babbitt. "It's what they call the weight-control plan." In coming years, hundreds of workers could be sweating in copper, nickel and precious metals operations in Northeastern Minnesota. Franconia Minerals Corp.
ST. PAUL - A new batch of student test results show Minnesota children are coasting along when it comes to math and reading skills. Likewise, policymakers are maintaining familiar positions as they debate the best way to boost student achievement. In the second year of the statewide MCA-II test, students overall showed little considerable gain or drop in proficiency, according to the state Department of Education. Most Minnesota students in grades 3-8 are tested in math and reading.