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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.
A longtime Lake Superior troller has caught what is believed to be the largest "lean" lake trout taken at the Duluth end of Lake Superior. Fishing from his wife's cousin's boat on Sunday afternoon, Tim Jezierski caught a lake trout that was 45 3/4 inches long and 31 inches in girth. Jezierski of Duluth kept the fish after a long and hard fight, but he couldn't weigh it. Don Schreiner, Department of Natural Resources area fisheries supervisor at French River, estimates the weight of the fish at between 35 and 40 pounds.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty left Democrats sputtering when he vowed to balance the state budget on his own, without the Minnesota Legislature. It was a move that changed the contours of the session's final days. Democrats may have miscalculated by sending Pawlenty a full slate of budget bills days ahead of Monday's deadline, leaving time to recraft spending packages or attempt overrides if he vetoed some.
A tree-killing insect that experts fear could wipe out millions of ash trees in the Northland has arrived in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture on Thursday said the emerald ash borer was found in St. Paul near the intersection of state Highway 280 and Interstate 94, the first confirmed sighting in the state. It came after a tree service suspected the insect Wednesday and called state officials. "We sent digital photos of the larvae to the [U.S.
ST. PAUL - Sen. Rod Skoe sat at his desk in the Senate chamber Sunday evening, watching a Minnesota House debate on his laptop computer. Skoe serves on a House-Senate tax conference committee that often is hard at work in a legislative session's final days, but that committee has done little since Gov.
DULUTH -- It appears that the nation's first music downloading case to go to trial will be retried here in June after attorneys in the case failed to reach a settlement during discussions Tuesday. Attorneys for the recording industry and defendant Jammie Thomas-Rasset met with U.S. Magistrate Judge Raymond Erickson in the Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building. "We struck an impasse," said Minneapolis attorney Brian Toder, who represents the defendant.
ST. PAUL - Democrats in control of the Minnesota Legislature early today proposed raising taxes to ease spending cuts to schools and health care - the largest state budget areas and toughest to negotiate. Republicans criticized plan - an alternative to larger tax increases called for by House and Senate Democrats - and the way it was prepared.