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ST. PAUL -- Steve Sviggum, a 15-term lawmaker and former Minnesota House speaker, has been appointed to lead the state Department of Labor and Industry, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Tuesday. Sviggum will take over as the agency's commissioner July 17, stepping away from the Legislature after 28 years in which he became among the state's most influential political leaders. In his new post, Sviggum will lead a 500-employee department charged with overseeing the state worker's compensation system and workplace safety efforts as well as regulating construction codes and licensing.
What authorities described as a rowdy run down the Cannon River culminated Monday in a chase through a cornfield and the arrest of a Plymouth, Minn., man. The suspect, Emre Erku, 18, and others in his group allegedly received complaints about their behavior on the river. Once on land, Erku became confrontational and authorities were called, according to the police report. The group got into a vehicle, with Erku behind the wheel.
ST. PAUL -- State Health Commissioner Dianne Mandernach apologized repeatedly during a joint legislative hearing held Tuesday at the State Capitol to address why her department withheld information the deaths of 35 Iron Range miners from mesothelioma for a year. "It was a mistake I truly regret," she said during a hearing that lasted about 4½ hours. "This information is critical.
LAKE CITY - Police have no suspects in a rash of burglaries that have occurred in Lake City recently. According to police Chief Lyle Schumann, there have been 10 burglaries since the beginning of the year - five forced entry and five non-forced entry. The five non-forced entry burglaries involved someone walking into an unlocked residence, but nothing was taken. Businesses affected were United Building Center, Powers Marine and Construction and Lake City Disposal. At the United Building Center and Powers Marine and Construction, small amounts of cash were taken. "All they took was $
Steven Van Keuren, the man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her friend in September 2006, changed a part of his plea to Washington County courts Monday, June 18. Van Keuren, who is still held in the Washington County Jail on $6 million bond, is accused of breaking into Teri Lee's West Lakeland home and shooting her and her friend, Tim Hawkinson Sr., to death. Both Lee and Van Keuren had worked at 3M. The pair dated for a couple years, but had recently broken up. Van Keuren was free on bail from a July 2006 incident where he allegedly attacked Lee with a knife in her home.
An energy bill Congress is considering contains a provision championed by Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, among others, to force the Bush administration to find ways to cut the country's oil use. New federal rules would be required to cut the country's foreign oil consumption 2.5 million barrels a day. That is how much oil is imported from the Middle East. "This is an important step toward strengthening our energy security, while improving our economy and environment," said Coleman, a first-term Republican.
Growing up in the small southeastern Minnesota community of Harmony put me in close proximity to the Iowa River.
Two people died in a collision on Highway 61 in Cottage Grove Sunday evening that involved a motorcycle and passenger car. The collision occurred on northbound Highway 61 at 120th Street when the driver of a 1996 Saturn tried to turn to eastbound 120th Street and pulled in front of a motorcycle, which was in the left lane, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The motorcycle hit the front passenger side of the vehicle. The driver and passenger on the motorcycle, Randy L. Metzler, 51, and Kay M.
Take a child fishing and you both can fish for free this weekend. That's the offer from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as part of Minnesota's Take-a-Kid Fishing Weekend. Minnesota residents can fish for free when accompanying an angler under age 16. "Most kids - and adults too - would love to go fishing if someone would take them," said Katie Kipka, DNR MinnAqua program supervisor. "Avid anglers and beginners alike can be that person.
In the last election, a newcomer to political races challenged one of the longest serving representatives in the Minnesota Legislature's history. That rookie -- Kenyon resident Jeff Flaten -- received a surprisingly large number of votes in his favor. The DFLer hopes to piggyback on that success once again. He announced this week he'll run in 2008 against against fellow Kenyon resident Steve Sviggum, a longtime Republican incumbent. Sviggum represents District 28B.