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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."
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.
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
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.
A powerful storm rolled through Hastings Wednesday night, dropping golf-ball sized hail throughout the city. It was unclear Wednesday night which areas of the city were hit hardest, but reports of hail were widespread. Near the Hastings Country Club, windows of houses and cars were shattered and hail littered the streets.
A Maple Grove Township man was arraigned Wednesday in Becker County District Court on a second-degree murder charge. Bail was set at $1 million for Kenneth Eugene Andersen, 34, of 37997 280th Ave., Waubun. Andersen is accused of the murder of Chad Swedberg, 33, a rural Ogema man who was shot April 13 while processing maple sugar on his property. Andersen was charged with felony second degree murder last Thursday in Becker County District Court. He was being held in Roseau County on a theft charge and made his first appearance in Becker County District Court late Wednesday morning.
Minnesota, as a major transportation hub by air worldwide and by vehicle to Canada, needs its own passport processing office, U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman said Wednesday. The Bush administration announced that it will delay for at least six months a rule that Americans present passports when crossing the U.S. border by land or sea, originally slated to take effect Jan. 1. Starting in January, land and sea travelers returning from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be allowed to present a birth certificate and driver's license in lieu of a passport.
A 22-year-old Osakis man was killed in a car crash near Osakis Thursday morning. Adam Thomas Loxtercamp died at the scene of the crash that happened just before 7 a.m. two miles southeast of Osakis on Todd County Road 51.
WORTHINGTON -- A 21-year-old Worthington man has been accused of allegedly forcing a 13-year-old girl to have sexual intercourse while she was at his home. Leon Baldomero Villarreal was charged last week with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, both serious felonies, in Nobles County District Court. According to the criminal complaint, the victim's father contacted authorities to tell them his daughter, who had been reported as a runaway the week before, had told him an older man had forced her to have sexual intercourse.