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With a deepening recession, don't expect the Minnesota Legislature to suddenly find money to protect any one budget area, local legislators told a group of teachers Saturday morning. "How do we get the message back to everybody?" Rep. Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids, asked about 20 teachers from throughout the region who attended an Education Minnesota Eggs and Issues breakfast in Bemidji.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's historic U.S. Senate election trial, to start Monday, in some ways may resemble popular television courtroom dramas. "This is going to be very much what you expect a trial to be based on watching 'L.A. Law' or 'Law and Order,'" said Marc Elias, an attorney for Al Franken. The Franken and Norm Coleman campaigns will give opening and closing statements, exhibits will be offered and three judges will decide the case and, possibly, Minnesota's next U.S. senator.
ST. PAUL - June Srok doesn't understand why a minor error prevented her vote from being counted. Srok, 75, said she voted absentee last year because she was injured. Her ballot was not counted because two dates on a ballot envelope did not match, according to a legal filing. "What the hell do different dates have to do with how I voted?" said Srok, of Duluth. She learned of her ballot problem through a letter from the secretary of state's office. "I was so mad I threw it in the garbage." Srok is among Minnesota voters who supported Democrat Al Franken for U.S.
ST. PAUL - Norm Coleman declared victory the morning after the Nov. 4 election. Al Franken claimed victory Monday, when a statewide U.S. Senate recount ended. Judges, however, likely will decide Minnesota's next senator. A state election board on Monday certified results of the two-month recount that gave Democrat Franken a 225-vote advantage over Coleman. "Our recount process was long, it was fair and it was thorough," Franken told a crowd of reporters gathered outside his Minneapolis home Monday afternoon.
The population of Minnesota increased by 38,033 persons or 0.7 percent between July 2007 and July 2008, a slightly slower growth rate than in the preceding year. According to new estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota's population on July 1, 2008 was 5,220,393. Since the 2000 Census, Minnesota has grown by 300,901 people or 6.1 percent, ranking the state 19th in the country in the number of people added and 26th in percentage of growth. In the last year, the Midwestern states of South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska all increased growth and grew faster than Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS - The golden retriever that was shot and left for dead in a snowbank near Glenwood in west central Minnesota will be going home in time for Christmas. The 2-year-old dog now named Orphan Annie has made a remarkable recovery and will be released from the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
ST. PAUL -- Al Franken's campaign celebrated the election board's request that a controversial pile of ballots be counted. Norm Coleman's attorneys sought the state Supreme Court's swift intervention to avoid a "Florida-style" ballot mishap. And the state's election chief reminded everyone Minnesota's U.S. Senate race will not be decided for at least another week. Those actions followed the state Canvassing Board's request Friday that counties sort rejected absentee ballots and count any they believe were improperly rejected.
ST. PAUL - Al Franken's campaign dropped 633 of its ballot challenges in Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount, an initial step toward an accurate picture of the race. The withdrawal Wednesday of some ballot challenges the Democrat's recount observers have made was the first of what both the Franken and Norm Coleman campaigns say will be many withdrawn ballot challenges. Challenged ballots - totaling 6,326 as of Wednesday night -- cloud the status of the recount because they are not included in the secretary of state's tally.
Enbridge Energy Pipeline is asking for a hearing with the federal Pipeline Safety Administration to reduce its $2.4 million proposed penalty.
ST. PAUL - Transportation officials said they completed extensive statewide bridge inspections, planned to hire more engineers and improved the way bridge reviews are handled. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is moving beyond the stepped-up bridge inspections Gov. Tim Pawlenty called for and the agency completed following the August 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse, bridge experts told lawmakers Wednesday during a bridge program update.