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All the right pieces appeared to be in place Tuesday when Thomas Carroll collapsed with a heart attack. The Goodhue County Adult Detention Center employee was receiving CPR training at the jail in Red Wing along with fellow jailers.
A state judicial investigatory panel recommended Wednesday First District Court Judge Timothy Blakely be sanctioned after concluding the judge used his authority to benefit himself financially. The three-member fact-finding panel for the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards has asked that Blakely be censured and suspended for six months without pay. Blakely serves part-time as a judge in Goodhue County Court.
ST. PAUL - Norm Coleman says it may not be possible for the U.S. Senate election trial judges to determine who won the race, adding there is a chance judges might need to order a new election. There are more "illegal" votes in the tally than the 225 votes that separate him from Al Franken, the former Republican senator said Tuesday. Coleman stopped short of saying the judges should order a new election, but did not rule it out. He was asked whether he agrees with a campaign legal filing that suggested one remedy would be to "set aside" the Nov. 4 election.
Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are reminding the state's angler's that the Minnesota's 2009 fishing licenses and the first-ever walleye stamp now are on sale. Anglers who purchase a license in early March can fish for 14 months as the license does not expire until April 30, 2010. The state's new walleye stamp also is on sale.
Most Monday nights, it might be hard for politicians to attract a crowd of constituents to an event where many have to wait more than two hours to speak their mind. But this was no ordinary Monday in Woodbury. With Minnesota facing a projected budget deficit of $5 billion dollars, east metro residents came out in droves to a legislative listening session to testify their concerns on proposed solutions to solve pressing issues facing the Legislature. More than 250 people from in and around the east metro filed into the Central Park amphitheater Monday night to give area legislators something
Facing the reality of a loss in state aid funding and a continued decrease in fee revenue sources, Washington County is planning to make up for projected budget shortfalls by cutting an additional $3.2 million from its 2009 budget. Last week, county commissioners met with department heads and administration officials to develop a plan to make cuts -- a majority of which will come from reducing county staff. More than 20 full-time staff positions will be cut from the 2009 budget.
FARGO - A Mahnomen County (Minn.) sheriff's deputy now is listed in satisfactory condition after Fargo doctors upgraded him from guarded condition. "They think it's nothing short of a miracle," said Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney, who was asked by Christopher Dewey's family to be a spokesman at a news conference this morning.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota voters - and even politically engaged college students - have little interest in details of the prolonged U.S. Senate election trial, a professor monitoring the proceeding said. "I think they're lost," Bemidji State University journalism instructor Louise Mengelkoch said Friday. "I don't know anybody who follows it, because it's infuriating." Mengelkoch has monitored the trial, heading into its fifth week, on the Internet from northern Minnesota, but spent part of Friday observing the proceeding in the St. Paul courtroom.
ST. PAUL - It is tough to be a new Minnesota legislator this year, facing what many predict will be a $7 billion budget deficit. "Even the veterans haven't had experience with a budget (deficit) this big or an economy this bad," Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, said. "I'm just listening and seeing what others are saying and I try to offer my new perspective where I can." Even a normal session - one without a huge deficit to plug - is tough on new legislators. The budget problem just makes it more difficult for 23 freshmen - 12 Republicans and 11 Democrats - who began their service on Jan.
ST. PAUL - Lessons from 2008 guide Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's 2009 legislative agenda. The state's top election official is calling for an earlier primary election, a new in-person voting system ahead of Election Day and fundamental changes to Minnesota's absentee voting laws. "Our system is basically sound," Ritchie said Wednesday.