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Clean-up efforts continued through the weekend in the aftermath of at least one tornado touchdown Friday, Hubbard County officials said Saturday. While the storm path is believed to have traveled from the Wadena area, through Park Rapids and to north-central Hubbard County at Emmaville, the most damage appears to be near Emmaville. A command post has been established at the Lake Emma Town Hall, involving numerous local, state and federal agencies, David Konshok, Hubbard County emergency management director, said a joint statement from his office and the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department.
According to the Minneapolis FBI, the man who robbed the TCF Bank in Hastings May 9 is also believed to be responsible for bank robberies in Duluth, Forest Lake, Oakdale, St. Paul and most recently, Roseville May 14. The rash of robberies began April 28 with the Como Northtown Community Credit Union in St. Paul. In both the Hastings and Roseville robberies, the suspect walked up to tellers and presented demand notes for money. The robber is described as black male with dark complexion and slight facial hair, in his mid to late 20s, approximately 5'4" to 5'6" tall, with a medium build.
Minnesotans should pay less for health care insurance under a plan senators passed 62-5 and representatives supported 127-7 early Sunday. The bill both adds 7,000 to the MinnesotaCare state-backed insurance program and takes steps to make Minnesotans healthier in an attempt to lower health-insurance premiums. The measure was not what everyone wanted. Sen.
ST. PAUL - Tax breaks and a park. A balanced budget and health-care reform. More education money and improved nursing home funding. Those are among issues Minnesota lawmakers approved during a rare Sunday session before adjourning for the year. The House ended its work for the year at 11:44 p.m., followed four minutes later by the Senate. The 201 legislators ended their work Sunday night, the second time lawmakers met for business on a Sunday, following more than two weeks of intense negotiation that wrapped up early Sunday afternoon between Republican Gov.
House members gave overwhelming approval to allow Fargo, N.D.-based Prairie St. John's to build a psychiatric hospital in Woodbury. On a 125-8 vote, representatives allow the facility construction despite a statewide moratorium on new hospital beds. It would provide room for 66 patients - down from the 144-bed original request - for youths under 21 years of age. "The crisis is now," Rep. Marsha Swails, DFL-Woodbury, told her colleagues.
ST. PAUL - Taxes would fall for a third of Minnesota homeowners in a House Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party property tax proposal. House researcher Nina Manzi told the House Taxes Committee Monday that about 500,000 Minnesotans may be affected. The property tax proposal - the highlight of an overall tax bill unveiled Monday - eliminates income tax deductions for homeowners' property tax payments. Rep.
Republicans begin airing a television commercial today in the Twin Cities area that targets House Democrats who supported a state gasoline tax increase earlier this year. It could be aired elsewhere later. "Who's to blame for higher gas prices? It's the Democrats in the state Capitol," says a voice in the 15-second ad. The House Republican Campaign Committee-funded ad will appear on Twin Cities' network affiliate television stations.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed legislation today funding a study of cancer found at an abnormally high rate among Iron Range mine workers. Pawlenty approved the bill paying for a $4.9 million study of mesothelioma, a rare lung cancer believed to have caused the deaths of 58 northeastern Minnesota mine workers. "I'm pleased we were able to work with the Legislature to reach a compromise that ensured these important studies will move forward," Pawlenty said in a statement.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the following people were booked into the Washington County Jail between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday: Jason J. Burke, 21, of Stillwater, on a parole violation. Larry J. Campbell, 45, of Lake Elmo, on an assault charge. Brandon C. Garner, 20, of Woodbury, on disorderly conduct, underage consumption, theft, trespassing and fleeing charges. Elizabeth C. Lewis, 49, of Woodbury, on a restraining order violation charge. Jared L. Milligan, 27, of Cottage Grove, on controlled substance and drug charges. John J.
When 27-year-old Rohini Krishnamurthy died at Regions Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, she left behind more than a job and a family back in India. In beds at the same hospital, two close friends and coworkers who were trapped with her beneath St. Croix River waters on Sunday night remained, clinging to life. By late Thursday morning, Deepa Velluswamy was in serious condition, while Kalaiselvi Vijayakumar, was in critical condition, a hospital spokesperson said. Both women are 25 years old.