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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds snowmobilers that Grant-in-Aid snowmobile trails closed for the season on April 1. Riding these trails without the landowner's permission is trespassing. In addition, the state is no longer grooming snowmobile trails. Caution is urged when riding on the new snow that fell throughout northern Minnesota.
Representatives voted 129-0 to make it easier for military personnel and others overseas to cast Minnesota ballots. Among other things, the bill allows those overseas to request to cast votes electronically. The bill, similar to one senators earlier passed, would apply to many people overseas, such as Peace Corps members. "It has been a long time coming allowing the military to vote," said Rep. Bernie Lieder, DFL-Crookston, the only World War II veteran in the House. The House also passed other provisions to streamline election procedures.
ST. PAUL - Signs are that rural Minnesota's primary economic development program will survive a legislative attack, but there is no guarantee. The 4-year-old program that Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and rural lawmakers from both parties established is under fire this year for two reasons - it costs the state millions during a tough economic time and an audit discovered 30 problems with the program. "This has been a very valuable economic tool for rural Minnesota," Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, said. "Changes will be made." Marquart and Sen.
The three-day snowstorm that pummeled the Iron Range from Saturday night through Monday morning didn't set any single day-snowfall records for the state but was one of the biggest multi-day snowfalls and may have been the state's largest April snowstorm. * The storm -- topped by 32 inches recorded just north of Virginia -- was easily the biggest April snowfall for the Iron Range.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota's bovine tuberculosis status is officially downgraded today, following an announcement on Tuesday by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH). The U.S. Department of Agriculture has moved the state from Modified Accredited Advanced (MAA) to Modified Accredited (MA) status, meaning cattle and bison producers in the state must test their feeder and breeding animals for the disease before they can be transported out of state. Slaughter animals need not be tested if they are being transported from the farm directly to a processing facility.
WORTHINGTON -- From growing algae and switchgrass to converting livestock manure and food processing waste into compost, researchers are doing what they can to improve America's energy independence. That was the message during a two-hour session on renewables Thursday afternoon at the fourth annual Bioscience Conference in Worthington.
ST. PAUL - Democratic education leaders want to bump up education spending by raiding money meant for Gov.
ST. PAUL - A divided Minnesota Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a health-care reform package some lawmakers described as bold and necessary and others said moves too fast. The bill aims to bring down health care costs, get more Minnesotans health insurance and lead to better health care results, said author Sen.
ST. PAUL - Eric Magnuson used to lead a commission that helped pick judges; now he is getting ready to become Minnesota's top judge. Gov.
A plan to expand Minnesotans' right to protect themselves by using deadly force suffered a near-fatal blow when it failed to pass a House committee. The so-called Castle Doctrine gives citizens the right to use deadly force in their home if they feel their life is threatened. A bill by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, expands that to a person's property and vehicle. It fell on a tie vote in the House Public Safety and Civil Justice Committee.