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ROCHESTER, Minn. - Memo to Tim Pawlenty: Minnesota Republicans wish you would remain governor, but if you find yourself being offered a position in a McCain administration, they still would support you. Delegates to the state Republican convention in Rochester, which ended a two-day run Saturday, were conflicted with the prospect that GOP presidential candidate John McCain might pick the Minnesota governor as his running mate. Rock County's C. Wendell Erickson is a good example.
There's a passel of interesting biographies out this month. Over the years I'd read passing references to one Marcus Garvey, the black philosopher and activist who began the back-to-Africa movement. There's a new biography of Garvey just out that is fascinating in its depiction of Garvey's rise to power and his almost instant demise. It's "Negro with a Hat," by Colin Grant (Oxford University Press, $27.95). Although Garvey attracted a huge following in the 1920s, he also had his share of detractors, including his fellow black philosopher, W.E.B.
WILLMAR -- Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, is applauding much of what the Legislature accomplished, but also warning that this session's budget finish sets the stage for a very troubled start next time around. Gimse was joined Tuesday by the deputy minority leader of the Republican caucus, Sen.
The Minneapolis-Duluth/Superior Passenger Rail Alliance received half of the money it had requested of the state Legislature to help pay for a study of the line. A bill containing $900,000 for the study made it past the governor's veto pen, but another that would appropriate $1 million more wasn't as lucky. The alliance already has raised $200,000 for the $2.1 million study, said Bob Manzoline, director of the St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Rail Authority.
If the state of Minnesota decides to put a veterans cemetery in Jay Cooke State Park, it will have the Legislature's stamp of approval. A law that was needed to move the Jay Cooke proposal forward passed as part of a series of session-ending bills. The legislation calls for transfer of the state park land from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. State Sen.
The federal judge who presided over the nation's first music download trial has granted the request of attorneys for more time to file legal briefs to state their positions in the case. In October, a Duluth jury determined that Jammie Thomas of Brainerd was liable for $222,000 damages for willfully committing copyright infringement by distributing 24 songs on the Kazaa peer-to-peer file sharing network. However, Judge Michael J. Davis issued an order last week in U.S.
People who rent their lakefront homes may be adversely affecting resorts, which already face hardships to keep their cabins open, says Assistant House Majority Leader Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji. The state's tourism agency, Minnesota Tourism, will study the impact that private lakefront home rentals have on the resort industry under a bill authored by Moe that is now on Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk after the House passed it Wednesday night.
ST. PAUL - The Democrat-controlled Legislature could today send Gov.
ST. PAUL - A judicial panel recommends the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission reject an electric transmission project in western Minnesota that is linked to the proposed Big Stone II power plant. The decision Friday by Minnesota administrative law judges is a setback to a group of utilities led by Fergus Falls-based Otter Tail Power Co.
ST. PAUL - Cue the music for the latest end-of-session budget dance. With less than three weeks left in the 2008 legislative session, Gov.