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Republicans want to require a photo identification card to be shown before a Minnesotan can vote. "The Voter Integrity Act of 2009 will simply serve as one more safeguard to ensuring that every Minnesotans' vote is counted fairly," said Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano. "Countless challenges and even the threat of litigation has irrevocably changed the way we as Americans conduct elections.
Wadena Lanes owner Shirley Almer was one of two Minnesotans whose deaths are being linked with a salmonella outbreak affecting 43 states, according to her daughter, Ginger Lorentz of Brainerd, Minn. Almer died Dec. 21 at age 72 in Brainerd. Almer was staying at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd, when she became ill and had to be taken to the hospital emergency room where she died, Ginger said. The death was unexpected. "We planned to take her home Monday, she passed away on Sunday," Ginger said. The family is still learning more and more about the situation, she said.
Recipe for an anger omelet: Add one-part resentment towards former in-laws, two-parts anger toward former employers, and several cartons of eggs. Simmer. Serve cold at high velocity. A 42-year-old Oak Park Heights woman appeared to have perfected this recipe last month, when she allegedly pelted a small number of Stillwater properties with dozens of eggs over a two-week period. Some properties were hit more than once and the aftermath left Stillwater Police investigators feeling poached. "It didn't necessarily look like kids doing it; it was more like a vengeance thing," said Sgt.
ST. PAUL - Perhaps the "Wedding March" would have been appropriate background music as a Minnesota Senate committee gave its blessing to the state's new transportation commissioner. "This is as good as some marriages get," Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, said Thursday before his transportation committee unanimously backed Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel. "Communications is better than in some marriages," he added about the relationship between his committee and Sorel. The full Senate is expected to confirm Sorel soon.
ST. PAUL - Some rural Minnesota school children cannot use certain learning tools, while their classmates can. Small businesses have difficulty competing because they cannot send files electronically. Tourists take a pass on resorts that cannot offer a high-speed link to the working world. Medical clinics see ways to improve care, but cannot provide the services to patients. Those are among problems in areas of Minnesota that either lack high-speed Internet or do not have fast and reliable services, rural officials told U.S. Sen.
The 2009 Minnesota Legislature, which begins at noon Jan. 6, may include a bit of election talk to go along with much discussion of how to solve the state's budget woes. Of course, the state's U.S. Senate race probably will not be decided by the time lawmakers return to St. Paul, so such talk only will be natural. "The 2008 election season brought forward some interesting electoral issues," Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport, said. "We will look at possible changes in election law that could make voting easier and more transparent for Minnesota voters.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is opening its unemployment insurance program Internet operation on Sundays through Jan. 18. The self-service system generally is closed for maintenance on weekends, but officials announced the site at www.uimn.org will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. "The slowdown in some sectors of the economy, combined with typical seasonal increases in unemployment, has meant that the unemployment insurance program is busier than normal," Economic Development Commissioner Dan McElroy said.
Merry Christmas! James Merrill (1926-95) grew up in the lap of luxury, the son of Charles Merrill, the founder of Merrill, Lynch. He went to all the right schools and taught at others, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison. And he grew to become one of the most respected poets of the last half of the 20th century, complex, sometimes formalist, sometimes not, a seer and a realist. He died of AIDS in 1995 and now Knopf is out with a hefty and handsome paperback edition of his greatest work. "James Merrill: Selected Poems," edited by J.D.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's top elections board and its high court are considering what entity will decide the fate of the U.S. Senate race. Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign wants the courts to decide whether a category of disputed ballots should be counted. Democratic challenger Al Franken's campaign argues that the state Canvassing Board should count the ballots. A Coleman attorney warned the Supreme Court on Wednesday that counting hundreds of disputed absentee ballots without strict rules could turn Minnesota into Florida, at least in terms of election recounts.
Police now believe a missing Minnesota 17-year-old last seen in Red Wing and the Wisconsin man she's believed to be traveling with may be in Texas. The Isanti County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that Christin Bernice Swenson's ATM card was used in Kilgore, Texas, and they have alerted the U.S. Border Patrol to be on the lookout for the pair.