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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 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.
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.
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.
New information released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice revealed that the Hastings police officer accused of possessing child pornography Tuesday, allegedly searched for child porn while on duty. Anthony Miller, an 11-year veteran of the Hastings Department officer was arrested at his home in New Richmond for possession of child pornography and for the sexual exploitation of a child, according to a DOJ press release. Miller was booked into St. Croix County jail but was released Wednesday on $30,000 bond. He was scheduled for an initial court appearance in St.
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.
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.
Roy Seehusen, age 79, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. Funeral service will be held at Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 14850 Garrett Ave., Apple Valley on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. with visitation for one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 952-432-2331, obit.HenryWAnderson.com.
Grandma's Restaurant Co. Inc. now can boast that its chicken wild rice soup is "the official soup of the Minnesota Wild." Brian Daugherty, the company's president, estimates the endorsement deal took about $20,000 to put together. "Hockey season and soup season go hand in hand," Daugherty said. The restaurant chain launched its frozen soup line three years ago, and it has been gaining traction in the grocery market lately, Daugherty said.
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- The biggest mystery in the agricultural community is who will become the new U.S. secretary of agriculture. It most likely won't be U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-7th District, chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. "He would be great, though, we'd love to have Collin in there," U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL-Minn., said this weekend during an interview at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation's two-day annual meeting.