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ST. PAUL - State payments to Minnesota ethanol producers have little impact on the industry anymore, so could be eliminated, an independent audit concluded. But lawmakers said corn-based ethanol producers, recipients of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds over the past two decades, have been good for Minnesota's economy and were pledged the payments, so should not be cut off. The suggestion that Minnesota end its annual payments to ethanol producers came in a report on biofuels released Friday by the Minnesota legislative auditor.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota DFL legislative leaders delivered a strong message to GOP Gov.
WILLMAR -- It's just after 9 a.m. on a recent weekday, along County Road 2 just north of Atwater. Kandiyohi County Patrol Sgt. Matt Akerson turns on the radar in his patrol car and sees that an oncoming semi truck is going 61 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone. Akerson turns the squad around, activates the squad's emergency lights and the truck pulls over.
ST. PAUL - Norm Coleman says a constitutional principle, ensuring all voters are treated equally, drives his continuing U.S. Senate election fight. The former senator said his appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court about the 2008 election outcome, which he plans to file Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning, will offer a full airing of his key objection to the recent election trial. The crux of the appeal, Coleman said, will be that under the U.S.
A Bemidji family has a White House canine connection. Ruby, a 2-year-old Portuguese water dog owned by Julie Quanrud and her husband, Ric Meixell, is the half-sister of President Barack Obama's new family dog, Bo. "I was suspicious because the muzzle is the same," Quanrud said, adding that she became even more suspicious when she saw the Obama family's dog had the exact same white markings as Julius, a full sibling of Ruby's. After discovering that Ruby and Bo have the same father -- Valkyrie's Dr.
Redpolls and pine siskins are dying at bird feeders in central and Northeastern Minnesota, and the cause is suspected to be salmonella from spoiled feed. "The first signs came in late February," said Rich Staffon, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources area wildlife manager at Cloquet. "We've had a dramatic increase in inquiries in the last couple of weeks.
A new state program at the University of Minnesota Duluth has begun picking up the tab for low-income students' birth control needs. UMD health services nurse-practitioner Sharon Anderson said she was bothered by having to send some students to Planned Parenthood earlier this year, where family planning is free for people with low incomes. "Many of my students were not able to cover the cost of their birth control pills, either due to parents losing their jobs, losing insurance or just not having enough money at the end of the month," she said.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota and Wisconsin each could see a one-time savings of $10 million by sharing resources - from prison food plans to fish eggs - and buying in bulk, the states' governors said. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Gov.