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All the right pieces appeared to be in place Tuesday when Thomas Carroll collapsed with a heart attack. The Goodhue County Adult Detention Center employee was receiving CPR training at the jail in Red Wing along with fellow jailers.
A state judicial investigatory panel recommended Wednesday First District Court Judge Timothy Blakely be sanctioned after concluding the judge used his authority to benefit himself financially. The three-member fact-finding panel for the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards has asked that Blakely be censured and suspended for six months without pay. Blakely serves part-time as a judge in Goodhue County Court.
ST. PAUL - Norm Coleman says it may not be possible for the U.S. Senate election trial judges to determine who won the race, adding there is a chance judges might need to order a new election. There are more "illegal" votes in the tally than the 225 votes that separate him from Al Franken, the former Republican senator said Tuesday. Coleman stopped short of saying the judges should order a new election, but did not rule it out. He was asked whether he agrees with a campaign legal filing that suggested one remedy would be to "set aside" the Nov. 4 election.
Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are reminding the state's angler's that the Minnesota's 2009 fishing licenses and the first-ever walleye stamp now are on sale. Anglers who purchase a license in early March can fish for 14 months as the license does not expire until April 30, 2010. The state's new walleye stamp also is on sale.
FARGO - A Mahnomen County (Minn.) sheriff's deputy now is listed in satisfactory condition after Fargo doctors upgraded him from guarded condition. "They think it's nothing short of a miracle," said Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney, who was asked by Christopher Dewey's family to be a spokesman at a news conference this morning.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota voters - and even politically engaged college students - have little interest in details of the prolonged U.S. Senate election trial, a professor monitoring the proceeding said. "I think they're lost," Bemidji State University journalism instructor Louise Mengelkoch said Friday. "I don't know anybody who follows it, because it's infuriating." Mengelkoch has monitored the trial, heading into its fifth week, on the Internet from northern Minnesota, but spent part of Friday observing the proceeding in the St. Paul courtroom.
ST. PAUL - It is tough to be a new Minnesota legislator this year, facing what many predict will be a $7 billion budget deficit. "Even the veterans haven't had experience with a budget (deficit) this big or an economy this bad," Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, said. "I'm just listening and seeing what others are saying and I try to offer my new perspective where I can." Even a normal session - one without a huge deficit to plug - is tough on new legislators. The budget problem just makes it more difficult for 23 freshmen - 12 Republicans and 11 Democrats - who began their service on Jan.
ST. PAUL - George Wagoner said all it took was two breaths of marijuana smoke and his wife could cope with the pain of terminal ovarian cancer. "She received dramatic relief," said Wagoner, a Michigan physician and medical marijuana advocate. Ryan Rasmussen said he is recovering from a troubled lifestyle that started when he smoked marijuana, which led him to dabble in a stronger street narcotic and criminal behavior. "Legalizing medical pot will cause more crime, not less crime," the 28-year-old Burnsville man warned.
A House panel approved legislation Wednesday that calls for new vehicle safety requirements for children. The bill by Rep. Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, would require children who are under age 8 and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches to use a child safety restraint. Existing law requires that only of children under age 4. The House transportation policy committee approved the measure on a voice vote. Similar legislation is moving through the Senate.
ST. PAUL - Lessons from 2008 guide Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's 2009 legislative agenda. The state's top election official is calling for an earlier primary election, a new in-person voting system ahead of Election Day and fundamental changes to Minnesota's absentee voting laws. "Our system is basically sound," Ritchie said Wednesday.