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ST. PAUL - Minnesota state parks are asking a question of people who like to get outdoors and explore the wildlife and terrain of the 72 state parks: "Are you ready for the challenge of a high-tech treasure hunt?" Each park -- including Frontenac -- is involved in a geocaching wildlife safari with a trail containing a hidden cache (a treasure of sorts) that is marked by way finding points.
When Margaret Kerry says she is "flying" somewhere to talk about her career, you might think of fairy wings flapping at a hummingbird's speed and a glittery jet stream of pixie dust. Almost 60 years ago, Kerry was the original reference model for the famous Disney sprite Tinker Bell, featured in "Peter Pan." Kerry, whose daughter lives in Duluth, is in town from the Glendale and Burbank, Calif., area for a two-part fundraising event Saturday at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, 506 W. Michigan St. Talk to Tink is from 1:30-4:15 p.m.
Another step was taken to end domestic violence in Douglas County. At last Tuesday's Douglas County Board meeting, Chuck Nettestad, along with several other members of the United Communities Advocating Non-Violence (U-CAN) committee, presented the county commissioners with a resolution calling for a comprehensive strategy to prevent domestic violence. This is the first resolution of its kind to be presented to a county board in the state of Minnesota. The resolution uses the six levels of the Spectrum of Prevention as a tool to further the goals of the initiative.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty said small cities will be protected when he cuts spending to balance the state budget, but he wants other cities and counties to say how much state aid they can live without. Minnesota's smallest counties and cities may not see a loss in state aid when Pawlenty cuts spending himself, the governor and his staff said Thursday, but other local governments should expect less. "What (funding) cut level can they take and not complain?" Pawlenty said he will ask local officials and other interest groups.
A former Alexandria, Minn., resident died in a bicycle crash in the Twin Cities Wednesday morning. Dennis Dumm, 31, was riding in the bike lane near the intersection of Park Avenue and 14th Street East in Minneapolis when the accident happened at about 7:40 a.m. Authorities said Dumm and a semitrailer were both headed north.
Tilly, a pot bellied pig, may be facing eviction in Akeley. Owner Tania Sorvisto arrived at the council meeting this week with daughters Heather, 5, and Danielle, 7, White to request the ordinance prohibiting Vietnamese pot bellied pigs in the city be revisited. The pig, she said, is litter box trained and considered a house pet. Benjamin Taylor, who accompanied Sorvisto, said the pigs are considered to be one of the most intelligent of house pets. But a city ordinance states "farm animals" - specifically including pot bellied pigs - must be kept within an agricultural district of the city
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers agree the whopping budget deficit they faced this legislative session was no surprise, but point fingers across the political aisle when assigning blame for lack of a budget deal. The Legislature ended its 2009 session Monday night without a tidy conclusion to its main order of business - solving a $4.6 billion deficit in the next two-year state budget. Democrats who control the Legislature sent budget bills to Gov.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators rushed through bills funding a bulk of the state budget Wednesday, but without fully paying. The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty have not agreed on how to fund part of the budget, leaving tax and spending questions in the 2009 legislative session's final five days. Senators and representatives worked into Wednesday night approving funding for education, agriculture, veterans, public works and other state programs, often with little or no debate.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota lawmakers propose to keep public school funding stable for the next two years and give public colleges and universities a small state spending cut. The Democrat-controlled Legislature on Wednesday passed a $13.7 billion spending plan for early childhood programs and K-12 schools that protects schools from spending reductions planned for many other budget state budget areas. Also, lawmakers approved a $3 billion measure funding state colleges and universities that trims state spending by 2 percent. But both bills are in doubt.