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ST. PAUL - Most Minnesota college students would face single-digit tuition hikes under a higher education funding package legislators passed Tuesday, but it is opposed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. The budget bill with $361 million in new spending for higher education, including to the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities systems, passed on the strength of Democratic support on mostly party-line votes in both houses.
LAKE WILSON -- They've known since early March, but were told they couldn't say anything until the June issue of Redbook magazine hit newsstands across the country. Well, the Redbook issue isn't out yet in the Midwest, but Greg and Jodi Gillette received a copy in their mailbox Monday declaring Greg the winner in the magazine's 2007 Hottest Husband contest. "It's supposed to be on newsstands May 15," said Jodi Gillette Monday night.
In trees, on the water and soaring overhead -- birds of all sizes, colors and varieties will be on display this weekend at the annual Great River Birding and Nature Festival. The event runs May 11-13 in communities around Lake Pepin. Presented by volunteers from Mississippi Valley Partner communities, the festival is endorsed by the Audubon Society as a unique educational experience to connect people with nature.
Woodbury Lutheran Church is taking the high road on the party path to the SuperBowl as it is forced to cancel its "Big Game" party this Sunday due to NFL copyright policies. The NFL forbids churches and other organizations to show the game on screens larger than what one might have at home or larger than 55 inches. Woodbury Lutheran Church planned to show the game on one of its 12-foot high screens with close to 200 people attending.
Minnesota DNR says its time to conserve water Lots of hot weather and a continuing drought has the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urging Minnesotans to conserve water. "Periods of drought are a regular part of the Minnesota climate," said Kent Lokkesmoe, director, DNR Division of Waters. "The duration of a drought cannot be predicted with any degree of certainty." He added that conserving water will minimize impacts on surface water and ground water. "Wise and efficient use of water is everyone's responsibility," Lokkesmoe said.
John E. "Jack" Welch, age 87, formerly of St. Paul, passed away on April 19. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 24, at the Church of St. Rita, 8694 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, with visitation 1 hour prior. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Special Olympics.
Daniel P. Hackl, age 63, died April 19. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 W. 9th St., Hastings, Minn. Visitation 1 hour before service.
Howard Vaala, age 67, of Woodbury, died March 23. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29, at Zion Lutheran Church, 8500 Hillside Tr., Cottage Grove. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home, 2195 Woodlane Dr., Woodbury.
Scott Stafne, 40, courageously died of ALS on Feb. 7. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Scott's life at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Crossroads Church, Woodbury. Visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. Memorials preferred to the Scott Stafne Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo.
Earl E. Reinhardt, age 85, of Woodbury, went to be with his Lord on Jan. 9. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Rd., Woodbury, with visitation at church 1 hour prior. Interment Cottage Grove Cemetery.