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BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- Economic stimulus must include rural America, says U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, who hopes to include provisions of his Rural Renaissance plan. "In times of economic challenge, the idea of commitment to infrastructure to provoke rural vitality, I think, is more important than ever," Coleman, R-Minn., said in an interview over the weekend at the Minnesota Farm Bureau's annual convention. Coleman wants to retool parts of his Rural Renaissance Act he introduced in 2005 with Sen.
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- The biggest mystery in the agricultural community is who will become the new U.S. secretary of agriculture. It most likely won't be U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-7th District, chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. "He would be great, though, we'd love to have Collin in there," U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL-Minn., said this weekend during an interview at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation's two-day annual meeting.
ST. PAUL - They should be considered, but not by us. That was the state Canvassing Board's message Wednesday when it turned down a request by Al Franken's campaign to include rejected absentee ballots in Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount. Jurists on the Canvassing Board said they lack authority to order rejected absentee ballots to be included. But board members also expressed concern some valid votes may not have been counted, and they indicated counties could be asked to sort through rejected absentee ballots in preparation for a probable court action.
ST. PAUL - Al Franken's campaign warns a Minnesota board may violate state law and the Constitution if it ignores hundreds of absentee ballots claimed improperly rejected. Norm Coleman's campaign retorts that Franken's efforts are designed to delay a statewide recount. Using stories of four rural Minnesota voters whose absentee ballots it said were wrongly rejected, the Democrat's campaign on Monday asked the state Canvassing Board to include those ballots and "hundreds" others like them in the official tally.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities will test a new "recipe'' for producing energy: corn cobs and coal. The utility's power plant will conduct a test burn of cobs and coal later this winter. If the test burn is successful, corn cobs could help the utility comply with the state's renewable energy mandate and help boost local farm income. "Burning cobs may be able to help us meet our renewable energy goals and support the local economy at the same time,'' says Bruce Gomm, Willmar Municipal Utilities general manager.
ST. PAUL - Al Franken's position is as firm as the election results are fluid. The Democrat said Thursday he will not waive a recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate contest, pointing to a narrowing margin between himself and Republican Sen. Norm Coleman as initial results are reviewed. A day earlier, Coleman claimed victory, expressed confidence in the election system and noted his opponent could forego the state-mandated -- and funded -- recount to save taxpayer money.
The Minnesota Veterans Home in Hastings will be the recipient of $10 million in funding to help build a supportive housing complex in Hastings. The complex will consist of 60 one-bed units. Each unit will have about 600 square feet of living space. The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency approved the funds. Approximately $7.8 million will come from a General Obligation bond and $2.2 million will come from the Ending Long-Term Homeless Initiative Fund.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. - The guest was just as popular as the candidate when Sen. Norm Coleman and Gov. Tim Pawlenty walked into the restaurant. Minnesota's two top Republicans worked the dining room, greeting supporters, signing autographs and chatting up school children. But the focus was on Coleman. "We're all rooting for you," a woman told the senator fighting to keep his job. "I appreciate that very, very, very much," Coleman responded. Coleman enlisted Pawlenty's help Tuesday as he kicked off the final week of his re-election campaign.
As the country moves forward through the next few months, Governor Tim Pawlenty knows there are going to be challenges. Challenges that include an unstable economy, he told a roomful of educators last Friday at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria.