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An energy bill Congress is considering contains a provision championed by Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, among others, to force the Bush administration to find ways to cut the country's oil use. New federal rules would be required to cut the country's foreign oil consumption 2.5 million barrels a day. That is how much oil is imported from the Middle East. "This is an important step toward strengthening our energy security, while improving our economy and environment," said Coleman, a first-term Republican.
Two people died in a collision on Highway 61 in Cottage Grove Sunday evening that involved a motorcycle and passenger car. The collision occurred on northbound Highway 61 at 120th Street when the driver of a 1996 Saturn tried to turn to eastbound 120th Street and pulled in front of a motorcycle, which was in the left lane, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The motorcycle hit the front passenger side of the vehicle. The driver and passenger on the motorcycle, Randy L. Metzler, 51, and Kay M.
LITCHFIELD -- More than 1,000 family members, friends and community members filled the Litchfield Civic Arena Wednesday for a send-off ceremony for most of the 117 members of the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company of the Minnesota Army National Guard. "We know that, while you don't wear the uniform, you serve too," Gov. Tim Pawlenty told the capacity crowd of families.
The area already may have seen round one of what may be a very active day weather-wise. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minn., reported that a band of strong storms swept through the region from 2 - 4:30 a.m. Tony Zaleski, a forecaster with the National Weather Service said that hail was reported across Dakota County with Coates getting one and three-quarter-inch hail. In Wisconsin one and a quarter- inch hail was reported in Hammond. "There was more hail out there, it just wasn't seen," Zaleski said. A wind advisory for the area has been issued for the region beginning at 10
In the last election, a newcomer to political races challenged one of the longest serving representatives in the Minnesota Legislature's history. That rookie -- Kenyon resident Jeff Flaten -- received a surprisingly large number of votes in his favor. The DFLer hopes to piggyback on that success once again. He announced this week he'll run in 2008 against against fellow Kenyon resident Steve Sviggum, a longtime Republican incumbent. Sviggum represents District 28B.
Take a child fishing and you both can fish for free this weekend. That's the offer from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as part of Minnesota's Take-a-Kid Fishing Weekend. Minnesota residents can fish for free when accompanying an angler under age 16. "Most kids - and adults too - would love to go fishing if someone would take them," said Katie Kipka, DNR MinnAqua program supervisor. "Avid anglers and beginners alike can be that person.
LUVERNE -- A soldier with the 1-125th Field Artillery of the Luverne-Pipestone National Guard has been injured in Iraq. Specialist Andrew Hanson, the 21-year-old son of Jack and Felicia Hanson of Luverne, was patrolling and providing security in an unidentified area of Iraq at about 11:30 p.m. Monday (Iraq time) when the Humvee he was driving hit an improvised explosive device (IED). "As of this time, he is in Germany -- he arrived there this morning," his mother said on Wednesday. "His right leg is amputated below the knee, and his left leg is amputated at the knee.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota lawmakers sent a transportation funding package to Gov. Tim Pawlenty Monday, but aren't certain they have enough votes to overturn a promised veto. Both houses approved the budget bill, a House-Senate compromise that would use a 5-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase and other new revenue to fund roughly $7 billion of road and transit improvements over 10 years. Sen.
3M has agreed to pay over $13 million in grants and payments to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the cleanup of perfluorochemicals (PFCS) at the 3M Cottage Grove, Oakdale and Woodbury Disposal sites. The MPCA Commissioner and 3M came to the negotiated agreement and consent order, but it still has to be approved by the MPCA Citizen's Board at its meeting May 22. The agreement states that 3M will pay the MPCA a total of $598,592 for past costs for the development of surface water quality criteria needed to establish cleanup standards for the 3M Cottage Grove site, samplings at other
ST. PAUL - Supporters of a major South Dakota power plant said Minnesotans could lose out if lawmakers vote to delay the project. Provisions in a House energy bill passed last week would freeze construction of large energy plants for two years until the state devises a system for businesses to limit carbon dioxide they produce. That could delay the Big Stone II coal-fired power project near Milbank, S.D., said the project's communications manager - if an exemption granted in the House doesn't survive negotiations with the Senate. "We can't wait two years," Dan Sharp said Monday.