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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 - 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 - 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.
Some senators were not happy Tuesday when they learned the state Education Department paid $181,000 for a report on Q Comp that was released the night before the legislative auditor released what they considered a similar report. "It does feel duplicative," Assistant Senate Majority Leader Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, told Education Commissioner Alice Seagren. "I'm just concerned about a couple hundred thousand dollars in this situation." Seagren told Clark the study was funded by federal, not state, money.
Minnesota college students told a House committee Tuesday that without more state spending the future of higher education is in doubt. "I'm worried," said Cody Nelson of Crookston, a recent Bemidji State University graduate. Budget cuts beyond what the state already has made "will likely significantly impact the student experience... (and) will go very deep into academics," he told a higher education committee that will consider budgets for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and University of Minnesota.