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INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. - The guest was just as popular as the candidate when Sen. Norm Coleman and Gov. Tim Pawlenty walked into the restaurant. Minnesota's two top Republicans worked the dining room, greeting supporters, signing autographs and chatting up school children. But the focus was on Coleman. "We're all rooting for you," a woman told the senator fighting to keep his job. "I appreciate that very, very, very much," Coleman responded. Coleman enlisted Pawlenty's help Tuesday as he kicked off the final week of his re-election campaign.
The Minnesota Veterans Home in Hastings will be the recipient of $10 million in funding to help build a supportive housing complex in Hastings. The complex will consist of 60 one-bed units. Each unit will have about 600 square feet of living space. The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency approved the funds. Approximately $7.8 million will come from a General Obligation bond and $2.2 million will come from the Ending Long-Term Homeless Initiative Fund.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's U.S. Senate race pits a former war protester against two candidates who protest continuing the Iraq war. Pick a major issue and it is likely Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken disagree. Nowhere is it more evident than on the war. Coleman, who in college protested the Vietnam War, supported the Iraq war effort early on but later raised concerns over the U.S. reconstruction effort. He has called for more Iraqi involvement in reconstruction and a secondary role for American troops.
DULUTH - Voters who support a Nov. 4 ballot measure either will be mucking up the Minnesota Constitution or pledging to pay for cleaner water and neglected outdoors and arts causes. "It comes down to this is bad constitutional law, this is bad legislative law and this is bad tax policy," former Republican lawmaker Linda Runbeck said of a proposed constitutional amendment dedicating a tax increase to the outdoors and arts. Larry Redmond's view is different.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota officials see potential for increased trade with Israel, so Gov. Tim Pawlenty will lead a trade mission there in December. The governor will lead a delegation of 30 to 40 business leaders with a specific emphasis on increasing exports in the high-technology, manufacturing and energy sectors. "Minnesota is a modest-sized state, so it's important that we market," Pawlenty said. The Mideast country last year ranked 22nd among nations receiving Minnesota exports, but the amount of exported goods to Israel is skyrocketing, said Tony Lorusso of the Minnesota Trade Office.
Question: What justifies handcuffing a child to a bed and beating her with a leather strap? Another: Under what circumstances is it considered proper to break her nose? When Washington County investigators asked these questions Mahtomedi resident Julia Marie Patek, she said the 13-year-old girl had been stealing, lying, "and not going to school." On Sept. 29, county prosecutors charged Patek with two felony charges, one for malicious punishment of a child, the other for third degree assault.
Every once in awhile, you read a book that makes you hopping mad. When I was in college, my grandfather gave me an old book by Upton Sinclair, entitled "The Jungle." "The Jungle" was a diatribe on the evils of capitalism set in the packing houses of Chicago, circa 1900. It told the story of a Lithuanian immigrant, Jurgis Rudkin, who worked at a packing plant that seemed very much like Armour.'' Jurgis has all kinds of adventures. His colleagues fall into meat grinders and come out as breakfast sausages, employers cheat him out of his salary, saloons take what's left.
Minnesota's largest smokestack industries have agreed to an unprecedented plan to make cuts in mercury pollution over the next 18 years, right down to the pound and ounce. The plan, years in the works, will be unveiled to the public Tuesday when it's presented to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency board in St.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Even chicken tenders, those finger-sized appetizers, come with a sponsor. In and around the Republican National Convention, Minnesota businesses are finding ways to promote their products. Some provide services at the convention in St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center, others sponsor events for state delegations. Some landed contracts to sell food to convention delegates and beverages to protesters.
ST. PAUL - Sarah Palin says she is a small-town hockey mom, but Wednesday night introduced herself to the country as the Republican Party's first woman vice presidential candidate. The 44-year-old Alaska governor showed her fiery side in a St.