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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.
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A black bear took quite a ride all day Easter Sunday on an ice floe in Lake Superior near Bayfield. The bear was first seen by ferry staff at 7:45 a.m. near Madeline Island. It rode an ice floe in the direction of Basswood Island, Hudson said, then eventually drifted back to Bayfield, a distance of perhaps five miles. Currents and wind affect ice movement. "It saw that it was going to be able to get to land and made a break for it," Hudson said. It climbed up a breakwall and collapsed, where it proceeded to take a long nap, she said. Nobody knows where it went after that, Hudson said.
ST. PAUL - Norm Coleman proposes that his and Al Franken's campaigns have until mid-May to file written arguments in the U.S. Senate election case headed for a Minnesota Supreme Court appeal. Attorneys for Coleman wrote to the high court Wednesday that "the parties, and the court, must be given enough time to fully develop and consider the issues on appeal." Coleman's team proposes a May 15 deadline for written briefs.
ST. PAUL - Sue Klabo said Minnesota hospitals like the one she leads face "grave" circumstances if state policymakers make deep health-care budget cuts. Klabo said her Mahnomen Health Center in northwestern Minnesota is treating a growing number of patients who are uninsured or rely on government-subsidized programs, but faces potential budget reductions that threaten the center's viability. "We are financially marginal now," Klabo, Mahnomen's administrator, told lawmakers Wednesday.
Robert R. McDaniel, age 88 of Rosemount, passed away April 18, 2009. Service Tuesday, April 21, 12 noon at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave. with visitation Monday, 5-8 p.m. at Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 14850 Garrett Ave., Apple Valley and also 1/2 hour before service. Interment Lakewood. Arrangements by Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 952-432-2331, obit.HenryWAnderson.com
Margaret Ann Derichs, age 75 of Rosemount, passed away April 17, 2009. Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 13900 Biscayne Ave., Rosemount. Interment, Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements by Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 952-432-2331, obit.HenryWAnderson.com