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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.
Minnesota Democrats are putting up a reward for anyone who snaps a photo of President Bush and Sen. Norm Coleman together at next month's Republican National Convention. "Coleman, who once treasured having his photo taken with the president, is now actively running from President Bush and the Republican Party, recently going so far as to say that if the convention were not being held in St. Paul, he would not attend," a Democratic-Farmer-Laborite news release said.
The Forum Communications State Capitol Bureau staff will provide daily blog updates about the Democratic and Republican national conventions at www.areavoices.com/CapitolChat .
Klobuchar may need to memorize her speech if the past is any indication. Before she spoke to the party's convention in Boston four years ago, former Vice President Walter Mondale reminded Klobuchar of the time Jimmy Carter called famed Minnesota politician Hubert Humphrey "Hubert Horatio Hornblower." Mondale blames the misidentification on a problem with a prompter the former president was using to read his speech. Klobuchar told Mondale that the prompter incident was decades earlier, and the devices used to display speeches for speechmakers had progressed in that time.
A combined reunion will be held Aug. 16 for the classes of 1918 through 1964 at the Rosemount Community Center. Tours of the old school, now part of the Rosemount Middle School, will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Registration and a social will begin at 3 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. followed by a short program. For information, contact Jean Storkamp Heinen at 651-423-1573.
A Lake Elmo woman could face as many as five years in prison over her role in a scheme to smuggle protected wildlife from Laos. Tia Yang, 36, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on July 24 to one count of conspiracy to smuggle wildlife. Pa Lor, an Oakdale woman of unknown age, pleaded guilty to the same charge. Both women face potential maximum penalties of five years in prison and will be sentenced by Judge Joan Ericksen on an as yet undetermined date. According to the women's plea agreements, Yang leased a booth at the International Marketplace in St.
WILLMAR -- The prosecution rested this morning, and the defense team began calling witnesses in the trial of Olga Marina Franco del Cid, 24, of Minneota. Franco is accused of a total of 24 criminal charges stemming from the fatal Feb. 19 school bus crash near Cottonwood. Three witnesses -- James Blodgett, Fabian Marcial, and the defendant's cousin Luciana Franco -- testified that they came upon the accident along state Highway 23 and saw a person running away from the scene west along County Road 24.