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The question of where Farmington residents will be allowed to park when they take the bus to work could hinge on a ruling on exactly who controls what happens with a parking lot at a Metropolitan Valley Transit Authority facility in Apple Valley. Last week the Apple Valley City Council voted unanimously to proceed with a plan to require permits for a parking lot at a transit facility in city -- essentially pushing Farmington and Lakeville residents out of the lot closest to the facility and either onto the street or into an auxiliary lot.
GILBERT -- The mud hole looks like someplace where animals in Africa would gather to wallow and cool off. Its shores are barren brown earth, baking in the midday sun. The water is a thick slurry the color of red clay. But the only creature wallowing here at the moment is Jeff Erickson of Spooner, who is standing atop the seat of his Honda Rincon four-wheeler. He's bent double at the middle with his hands on the machine's handlebars.
DULUTH -- As of Sept. 1, the University of Minnesota Duluth will not allow smoking on campus. The school will be the first higher education institution in the state to test out a smoking ban on its property. Minnesota State University-Moorhead approved a ban last spring that will go into effect in January. "I think we do want to be a leader in environmental health and safety," said Katherine Morris, UMD's director of health services.
What's flowing into the Mississippi River and where is it going once it gets there would be the focus of a study Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., wants the U.S. Geological Survey to undertake. A measure introduced by Kind called "The Upper Mississippi River Basin Protection Act " unanimously passed the U.S.
Once again, Outside magazine has recognized what a lot of Duluthians already knew. That it's a great place to live if you like to play outdoors. Outside, with its circulation of 2.1 million, has named Duluth one of its "Best Towns" for 2007. Duluth was among 30 cities mentioned and among nine featured prominently in the August issue, which is on newsstands now.
Years ago, I was a regular on Steve Benson's Minnesota Public Radio talk show. Every week, we'd meet a different author coming through town. One day it turned out to be one of my favorite essayists, Roy Blount Jr. During the show Blount expressed the highest regard for Minnesota's Garrison Keller. Little wonder. The more I read of Blount, the more I think of Keller, our very own informal essayist par excellence. Blount, who has moved his body to the northeast where he is president of the Author's Guild, remains in my book the southern version of Keller.
A Burnsville man was injured when the motorcycle he was driving struck a car which had stopped ahead of him in Wisconsin. The Pierce County (Wis.) Sheriff's Department said that Jerry Crone, 62, was driving a 2005 Honda northbound on Highway 63 at the intersection of 830th Street in the Town of Trenton, when he hit a car which had stopped to make a turn ahead of him. Authorities said that the 1999 Chevrolet car was driven by Lynn Riemann, 45, Austin, Minn. Crone was taken to the Fairview Red Wing Medical Center by the Red Wing Ambulance.
A man is dead following a Saturday morning shooting in Duluth's East Hillside neighborhood. It is the first fatal shooting in Duluth this year. The shooting occurred around 3:40 a.m. at 927 E. Fifth St., which is kitty-corner from Portland Square Park. Duluth Police Lt. Peg Johnson said the man was found outside the house. Johnson said there was some kind of confrontation at the residence, but she didn't know how or if it was connected with the shooting. "It's quite complex," Johnson said.
City residents pay the bulk of presidential campaign costs, even though votes from rural America may decide the elections. The Daily Yonder, a Web publication of the Center for Rural Strategies, reports that "although 26 percent of Americans live in rural counties, they donated only 5 percent of the money contributed to all presidential candidates in the first quarter of 2007. Per capita, city dwellers gave six times more money to presidential campaigns than rural residents did." The center looks at presidential campaigns in light of how much influence rural voters have.
The Minnesota Senate's top transportation lawmaker is upset with the Minnesota Department of Transportation's decision not to take part in the Minnesota State Fair for the first time in 27 years. "The 'Great Minnesota Get Together' is an opportunity for people from all over the state to receive highway maps, along with up-to-date information on road conditions and construction projects," Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, said. MnDOT officials say they are not going to the fair due to budget concerns.