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WILLMAR -- Although unemployment remains high, Sen. Amy Klobuchar sees some glimmers of hope that the U.S. economy is on the mend. "I can say that things have improved from three or months ago," said Klobuchar, a Democrat and Minnesota's senior senator. What's important is to keep moving forward, she told an audience in Willmar Saturday. "We're just hopeful we can get more jobs and have the employment go up," she said. Klobuchar spoke at the annual Women's Expo, hosted by the West Central Tribune and Affiliated Community Medical Centers.
Two Northland homes and three other buildings will be part of a national alternative energy tour Saturday expected to draw more than 150,000 people to more than 5,000 sites. It's part of the 14th annual American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour, sponsored here by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society. The self-guided tour is free and open to anyone, from 10 a.m.
CANNON FALLS -- Despite rising national attention to his newly formed political action committee, Gov.
Local moviegoers might recognize some hometown favorites rolling across the silver screen in the coming weeks. Riedell Co., which manufactures skates here in Red Wing, sent 55 roller skates to the set of "Whip It," a major motion picture about the world of women's roller derby that opens nationwide Friday. "Our skates are going to be all over the movie," company official Margie Kulak said. It's no fluke the film's production crew asked Riedell to provide skates for the film. "Riedell skates are huge in the roller derby world," said Lindsey Lyford, a member of the Minnesota Roller Girls, an
Russell and Kandy Hildebrandt accumulated more than $100,000 in debt in about 16 years. In less than five years, the New Richmond couple managed to pay it all back without filing for bankruptcy. That was eight months earlier than expected by their repayment plan formed by FamilyMeans Debt Consumer Credit Counseling Service in Stillwater, Minn. The Hildebrandts were honored Sept.
As expected, the District 196 schools -- Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan and Eastview -- announced they were withdrawing from the Lake Conference. Along with several current Lake schools, and Prior Lake, the group will create the new 10-member South Suburban Conference beginning next season. Joining the District 196 schools in the new conference will be Bloomington Kennedy and Bloomington Jefferson, Lakeville North and Lakeville South, and Burnsville.
MOUNTAIN IRON -- Nearly a thousand Minntac workers are on the job this week after the restart of a third production line last weekend. Union leaders say they were told last month that two additional lines would be started in September, but until recently had no idea when exactly that would be and how many workers would be going back. That uncertainty ended this weekend when a third production line was added, bringing back the majority of remaining laid off workers. Some of the employees coming back to work had been laid-off for almost six months. "We've got just about everybody back," said
School days are upon us and what better way to welcome in the first semester than to read "That Old Cape Magic," by Richard Russo (Knopf, $25.95)? Russo's new novel is about three generations of a family intersecting at a wedding in old Cape Cod. Now Cape Cod is not my favorite place. After spending a week there a few years back and putting up with the endless traffic and the crowded streets, I vowed never to go there again. So why Russo's book? Because this is a book not about Cape Cod but about the family, three of them academics.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. - The lively crowd gathered for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's health care town hall forum turned feisty at times, drowning out speakers with applause and boos. Bachmann's Thursday afternoon forum drew several hundred people who packed a roughly 420-seat school auditorium. A couple hundred more watched by video from the cafeteria. Bachmann staff said there was room for 800 people at the school. The 6th District Republican is an outspoken critic of Democratic health-care overhaul proposals.
The Transportation Department extended the deadline Monday for auto dealers to submit their Cash for Clunkers deals, giving them more time to make sure they get repaid under the popular $3 billion government rebate program. Dealers now have until noon today to submit the necessary paperwork, after the deadline was pushed back from 7 p.m. Monday.