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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota voters could cast ballots in person during the weeks leading up to Election Day under a bill senators supported Friday. Minnesota would join states that offer early in-person voting. Voters could cast ballots at designed polling places during a two-week window before Election Day. The election bill, which senators preliminarily approved, also moves the state primary election from early September to the first Tuesday in June.
ST. PAUL - Legislators on an education funding committee took the weekend off. A spat among Minnesota lawmakers negotiating a health-care spending bill interrupted talks Saturday. Lawmakers working on a deal to fund agriculture and veterans' programs were in a holding pattern, and other spending bills remained unresolved, a little more than a week before the Legislature must adjourn. And reaction to Gov.
ST. PAUL - State health officials are tweaking their H1N1 swine influenza guidelines as Minnesota settles in for an unpredictable flu fight that could last months. Doctors and clinicians have sent more than 400 samples from patients with flu symptoms to the Health Department for H1N1 swine flu testing.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota counties with lots of state-owned land may like an environment spending plan that protects state payments they receive. Counties cannot impose a property tax levy on state land, so the state makes cash payments, which are maintained under a compromise plan developed by a House-Senate conference committee that both legislative chambers passed Monday night. To help balance the state budget, Gov.
After almost 30 years, LeRoy Chiovitte's state walleye record remains untouchable. Chiovitte, of Hermantown, caught his 17-pound, 8-ounce state record on the Seagull River where it enters Saganaga Lake on May 13, 1979. The weather was cold that year, and many walleyes spawned late. Chiovitte had caught a 12½-pounder on Saturday, the season opener, that was spawned out. He hooked his 17½-pounder at about 8 a.m. on Sunday. Although catch-and-release fishing was coming on, Chiovitte and his friends weren't releasing many walleyes.
ST. PAUL - Tom Pawlenty's campaign Web site is undergoing an update, fueling speculation that he may seek a third term as Minnesota's governor. The two-term Republican governor has not said whether he plans to run again, but it might appear that way after rolling out his new www.timpawlenty.com . A Pawlenty video welcomes people and a form next to the video asks visitors to "join the team." It also features a large red box where visitors can click to contribute to his campaign. The site is to continue its overhaul over the next few weeks.
ST. PAUL -- Most nursing homes are spared big budget cuts and low-income Minnesotans on government health insurance remain covered under Democratic lawmakers' health-care spending proposals. Protecting government-subsidized health insurance for the poor is a key priority for the DFL-controlled House and Senate, the committee chairmen said as they prepare their spending bills for final votes. "We're not kicking anybody off health care like the governor wanted," said Rep. Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth, the House health-care finance chairman. Gov.
As I've mentioned before, I love to read books that embrace a specific locale. In fact I got started reading when I was in high school and someone told me about Sinclair Lewis, a writer who grew up in a small town, like me.
IN SOUTHERN CARLTON COUNTY -- Bob Krepps had a quick decision to make. It was just before dawn Wednesday morning, and Krepps, of Duluth, had to decide where he was going to hunt turkeys. Minnesota's spring wild turkey season opened Wednesday for its first five-day period, and Krepps, 65, was standing among hardwoods in southern Carlton County where he had done lots of preseason scouting. He knew a gobbler had been hanging out among the oaks there.
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.