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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.
Invasion fought The U.S. House will debate a bill fighting invasive species. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, led by U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota, included the fight in a Coast Guard-related bill. It would help fight species such as zebra mussel and sea lamprey, Oberstar said. "I am through with academics who want another three-year research program, or a five-year research program, to study and look at and say 'my gosh that stuff is polluted. Goodness, look at those little critters in there, they're terrible,'" Oberstar said.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- After the July 4th break for Congress, work on the next five-year federal farm bill accelerates in high gear to beat a Sept.
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.
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 northwestern Minnesota state representative wants Gov. Tim Pawlenty to call a special legislative session to increase nursing home funding. There is no indication that will happen, but Rep. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, said it should be a priority. "The final (health care) bill signed by the governor did not even provide enough to cover inflation for our struggling nursing homes," Eken said. The lawmaker said nursing homes not only care for the elderly, but they provide jobs for rural residents. "Nursing homes are an important economic engine in our communities."
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.
A Kenyon man heavily involved in that community of 1,700 has been charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct. Several young boys have come forward to say Patrick Luna made sexual comments to them while they worked at Pat's Pit Stop. Luna owns the popular pizza and video rental shop in the city's downtown area. The 40-year-old is accused of convincing one of the alleged male victims to have sexual intercourse with him several times, according to a criminal complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court. Some of the alleged sexual activity happened at Pat's Pit Stop over a th