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Minnesota House bill that would prevent registered sex offenders from using social networking Web sites passed through two committees and is now awaiting inclusion in the public safety omnibus bill, said the bill's chief author, Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove. The bill would make it illegal for registered sex offenders to use Web sites like Facebook and MySpace and gaming Web sites that allow them to chat with other players. Registered sex offenders are already subject to warrantless searches of their homes, bodies and cars, Bigham said. This legislation would extend that to computers.
It's official: The big blue bridge across the Mississippi River in Hastings will be coming down. For many, that may have already seemed like a given, but due to its age and eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places, Minnesota Department of Transportation bridge engineers had to consider rehabilitating the current bridge as part of the scoping study that looked at the future of the river crossing. What those engineers decided was that in order to keep the current bridge operational for the next 75 years, they would not only have to replace or refurbish almost every piece of the
Republicans have introduced bills that would ban abortions designed to select a sex of a child and forbid human cloning. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life supports the efforts. "Minnesotans shake their heads in disbelief when they learn that an unborn child can be killed in Minnesota solely because of his or her sex," said MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach.
Steven J. Swenson, age 57 of Farmington, passed away peacefully at his home on Feb. 26, 2009. Steve was a teacher for the Rosemount School District. Funeral service 11 a.m. Monday, March 2 at the Farmington Lutheran Church, 20600 Akin Rd, Farmington with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Sunday also at church, and one hour prior to service. Interment Farmington Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials will be donated to the Farmington Lutheran Church. White Funeral Home, Farmington. 651-463-7374, www.whitefuneralhomes.com
On Independence Day this summer, the Clelia II will slip into Duluth's harbor and tie up near the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Then 100 passengers will be shuttled to the Great Lakes Aquarium, where they'll go through a U.S. Customs check. It might not seem significant, but that customs check could usher in a new era in cruise boat tourism for Duluth. It will mark the first time a cruise is starting or ending in Duluth. Cruise ships have made stops in Duluth before, but they haven't started or concluded journeys here. "This is pretty big to have the exchange of passengers.
ST. PAUL - Al Franken's campaign wants to remove a pile of northwestern Minnesota ballots from the U.S. Senate election tally as Norm Coleman's team nears the end of its court case. The Democrat's campaign said 61 Becker County ballots should be removed from the election tally because local officials did not follow state law about ballot documentation and storage. New evidence was found in recent weeks indicating the votes, which favored Coleman, should not have been counted, Franken's campaign said Monday.
Tamara J. "Tammy" Keil, age 49 of Rosemount, passed away Feb. 21, 2009. Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 at White Funeral Home, 901 3rd Street, Farmington with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment: Riverside Cemetery, Dodge Center, Minn. White Funeral Home, Farmington, 651-463-7374, www.whitefuneralhomes.com
ST. PAUL - Lawmakers rejected a plan requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, but expect to see the legislation again. A Minnesota House committee on Thursday rejected the bill by Rep. Tom Emmer that would have required voters to show photo identification, such as a driver's license, when they vote. "Without a photo ID requirement as part of our election process ... it calls into question the integrity of the process," said Emmer, R-Delano. The photo identification proposal is not new at the Capitol and traditionally falls along partisan lines.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's ailing state coffers could get a $2 billion jolt from the federal economic stimulus package, but the funding comes with conditions and will complicate Capitol budget talks. State finance officials said Thursday that early number-crunching shows Minnesota could get more than $3 billion from the $790 billion economic recovery plan nearing completion in Congress.
ST. PAUL - A judicial panel could review at least 5,000 uncounted absentee ballots for counting in the U.S. Senate election trial. Judges ruled Tuesday Norm Coleman can argue to include in the election tally absentee ballots it believes were wrongly rejected in the Nov. 4 election. Coleman is challenging Al Franken's 225-vote victory in court. The ruling, which came on the trial's seventh day, means county election officials may have work to do in the coming days or weeks and that the trial could last several weeks or longer.