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ST. PAUL - Minnesota lawmakers passed a massive health-care spending bill that favors nursing homes and programs for the poor, but may be short-lived. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party-led Legislature on Monday advanced the health and human services budget bill that Republican Gov.
Esther Alvina Massee, 87, of Atchison, Kansas, formerly of Farmington, Minn., died Friday, May 1, 2009 at the Gran Villas of Atchison. Memorial funeral services 11 a.m. Monday, May 4 2009 at the First Christian Church, with Rev. Lee Hendon officiating. The body has been cremated and interment of the cremated remains will be at a later date in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Louisville, Wis. Family to receive friends from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home.
ST. PAUL - Health officials are responding to the first probable case of the swine flu in Minnesota and cautioning that there will be confirmed cases of the new flu strain in the state. The case was detected in a woman affiliated with schools in Cold Spring, in central Minnesota.
ST. PAUL - Mitch Jasper worries about the fate of his small town and others like it, should state lawmakers cut spending to nursing homes and other care facilities. Nursing homes often are the largest employer in a small town, said Jasper, mayor of Jackson in southwestern Minnesota.
A wag of my acquaintance once said that word processors are ruining the art of biography. He explained that it's so easy to type on them (no carriage return, no worries of hyphenation, etc.), that "if Moses had one, there'd be 17 commandments rather than 10." In some ways it's true. Back in the 18th century, Dr. Samuel Johnson wrote wonderfully perceptive and readable biographies of writers like Richard Savage in about 50 modern-day pages. But even before the advent of the word processor the modern taste for detail led to biographers piling more and more detail into their work.
ST. PAUL - Hospitals take a funding hit while most nursing homes are protected. Low-income Minnesotans keep their government-subsidized health insurance while some doctors lose state aid for treating the poor. Facilities caring for patients with long-term illnesses lose some state support while more children are eligible for public-supported health insurance. Those are among trade-offs offered in similar, but competing, health-care and human services proposals lawmakers approved Monday.
ST. PAUL - Norm Coleman wants the state's highest court to reverse his U.S. Senate election loss. The former Republican senator appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court Monday, hoping it will overturn a special judicial panel's ruling that declared Democrat Al Franken the winner. Coleman's key claim is that the disparate ways absentee ballots were handled by local election officials in the Nov. 4 election violated the U.S. Constitution.
ON LAKE SUPERIOR, NEAR THE FRENCH RIVER -- The big rainbow had put up a strong fight, but now Tom Hultquist thought maybe he had lost it. Duluth's Hultquist, fishing from shore on Lake Superior near the French River on Wednesday, was dealing with a shore-fishing hazard.
ST. PAUL -- An influx of dedicated state tax revenue leads outdoors enthusiasts to believe a logjam of Minnesota natural resources projects will begin to free up this year. State lawmakers are completing work on two outdoors spending packages that would pump tens of millions of dollars into conservation projects around the state. Both are paid for outside the traditional state budgeting process and are protected by the Minnesota Constitution.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators are a month away from their deadline to send all tax and budget bills to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, but there is a doubt whether Minnesotans understand the state faces a serious budget problem. Assistant Senate Majority Leader Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, said senators are receiving few public comments about the budget, indicating the public does not understand the problem. Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, added: "I'm not sure we get it yet. ... This is sinking in slowly." The size of the problem is historic.