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Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Monday he remains "hopeful" that he'll be able to support plans to build a $1.2 billion steel slab plant near Nashwauk. But first, he said, he needs assurances from its would-be owner, Essar Global Ltd., that the company will abide by sanctions aimed at punishing Iran for its terrorist activities. Pawlenty said he believes the Indian company's involvement in a proposed Iranian refinery project could constitute financial support for what the U.S. has labeled a terrorist state.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Chris and Stephanie Potter have come to know a whitetail buck they call Jackson, who visits a feeder near their rural Two Harbors home. Chris wrote this essay as Minnesota's firearms deer season approaches. My wife, Stephanie, and I have always been somewhat private people, but we feel the need to share our story to give a magnificent buck a fair chance this deer season. We began feeding deer in 1996 for the mere pleasure of watching them and finding their shed antlers. I am a deer hunter myself, but I do not hunt on or even near our property.
ST. PAUL - Congressional Quarterly calls a potential match-up between Sen. Norm Coleman and Al Franken as "one of America's most intriguing 2008 senatorial races." Franken still has to get past Mike Ciresi and others in his own Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party before he can face incumbent Republican Coleman, but many of the big national organizations already are counting Franken as the nominee. Congressional Quarterly notes that the $10 million Franken and Coleman already have raised is second only to $14 million in a Texas race.
Minnesota Democrats are increasing their criticism of Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Assistant Senate Majority Leader Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, blamed his policies for a higher state unemployment rate. "For the second time in recent months, we learned Minnesota's unemployment rate exceeds the national average," Clark said. "This has not happened once during all the decades that this data was collected." The always-colorful Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, delivered even harsher words after Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, wrote a column blaming Democrats for transportation problems. "Rep.
The political dispute over transportation issues took another turn when a Minnesota Department of Transportation bridge inspector and union official told a congressional panel the state's bridges are unsafe. "Most importantly, I want you to know that I lack the resources to do my job well and keep motorists safe," said Bart Andersen, who is on a leave of absence from his job with the agency to work as a field representative for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union. He spoke Wednesday before a U.S.
A 24-year-old woman was found dead in the trunk of her car Friday night in a Burnsville park, according to the Savage Police Department. Katherine Ann Olson had been in Savage for a babysitting job she found through an Internet classifieds Web site, according to the report. Savage Police said a 19-year-old man was arrested in connection with the murder at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where he works. Formal charges are expected Monday, according to the press release. Olson's body was found around 10 p.m. Friday night at Kraemer Nature Preserve.
WILLMAR -- Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Wilmar, said he'd like to see Minnesota offer worker ID cards to illegal immigrants. Doing so would allow "hard-working" undocumented immigrants who are already living here to get "out of the shadows" and work at businesses that need, and want, them. The Willmar Republican said employer-sponsored identification cards would remove the "criminal aspect" of being here to work.
A man drowned Saturday afternoon after his kayak capsized on Sugar Lake north of Remer, the Cass County Sheriff's Office reported today (Monday). Authorities responded to the lake shortly after 4 p.m. The victim, Stephen Chudzik, 50, of St. Paul, was transported to the Grand Rapids hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
QUANDARY: Anecdotal reports from hunters point to a poor harvest this fall, and biologists aren't sure why. Where have the grouse gone? That's the question several ruffed grouse biologists and grouse hunters tried to answer at an informal meeting Wednesday in Grand Rapids. Spring drumming counts in Minnesota indicated the statewide grouse population was up about 30 percent over last year.
WILLMAR -- Pesticides are coming under increased scrutiny in the state, and with it has come a call for a change in the law that governs the public's access to information on their use. State Rep. Ken Tschumper, DFL-La Crescent, is hosting a hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Tschumper, chair of the House subcommittee on Environmental Justice and Healthy Housing, has authored legislation to broaden Minnesota's pesticide right-to-know law. His bill would make public the records kept by those applying restricted use pesticides in the state.