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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.
If you're in the habit of pointing lasers at airplanes, investing your company's money in Iran's energy sector, making a fast buck by selling other people's life insurance policies, or operating a sex trafficking ring, listen up: You now face tougher consequences. If, on the other hand, you're prone to losing your cell phone, pursuing a veterinarian career in rural Minnesota, or want to pass that annoying driver ahead of you, take heart: Help is on the way. An assortment of new laws took effect in Minnesota on Aug.
RED WING, Minn. -- Steve Sviggum's path to the governor's mansion may have hit a roadblock. The Department of Labor and Industry commissioner's oversight of OSHA may qualify him as a federal employee -- a group forbidden to run for public office. "This was a curveball out of left field," the former House speaker and Kenyon Republican said Thursday. "I'm kind of suspended right now." While organizing his campaign, Sviggum was informed that his OSHA association might constitute federal employment, he told the Republican Eagle Thursday. Sviggum said he contacted the U.S.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jammie Thomas-Rasset testified Tuesday in U.S. District Court that she could have settled her case with the Recording Industry of America by paying the record companies $5,000. The RIAA accuses her of downloading and distributing 24 copyrighted recordings on the KaZaA peer-to-peer file-sharing network.
Two novels merit your attention for your trip Up North, when rain is pounding down on the tin roof of your cottage and the fish haven't been biting for days. "Cutting for Stone," by Abraham Verghese (Knopf, $26.95). Recognize the author? He wrote a fine non-fiction book years ago that described his experiences as a medical doctor in Tennessee. "My Own Country" was nominated by the National Book Critics Circle for best non-fiction of 1994. Now the M.D. who teaches in the med school at Stanford, has made the difficult transition from non-fiction to fiction.
As the spread of the H1N1 novel influenza virus continues, the Minnesota Department of Health issued a list of recommendations Thursday to help reduce the likelihood of getting sick with flu: Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Clean your hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleanser. Clean your hands after shaking hands or having other close contact with other people -- before eating or preparing food, or touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Limit your contact with others who may be ill.
Steve Sviggum, a Kenyon Republican who represented southeastern Minnesota in the House of Representatives for more than 25 years, is contemplating a run for the governor's office. "I do have an interest," Sviggum said Wednesday evening when asked if he might be among candidates to succeed Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who announced Tuesday that he will not seek a third term. Sviggum, former Speaker of the House, currently serves in Pawlenty's cabinet as commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry.
Snail changes rules for infested Winnie near Deer River, Minn. Anglers and boaters must adhere to stricter rules on Lake Winnibigoshish near Deer River because the lake has been designated "infested waters" under state regulations. The infested-waters designation was made May 7 because of an exotic species, the faucet snail, first found on the lake in 2007.