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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.
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.
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. -- Economic stimulus must include rural America, says U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, who hopes to include provisions of his Rural Renaissance plan. "In times of economic challenge, the idea of commitment to infrastructure to provoke rural vitality, I think, is more important than ever," Coleman, R-Minn., said in an interview over the weekend at the Minnesota Farm Bureau's annual convention. Coleman wants to retool parts of his Rural Renaissance Act he introduced in 2005 with Sen.
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.
ST. PAUL - They should be considered, but not by us. That was the state Canvassing Board's message Wednesday when it turned down a request by Al Franken's campaign to include rejected absentee ballots in Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount. Jurists on the Canvassing Board said they lack authority to order rejected absentee ballots to be included. But board members also expressed concern some valid votes may not have been counted, and they indicated counties could be asked to sort through rejected absentee ballots in preparation for a probable court action.
James A. Kehoe, age 76, of Rosemount, passed Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008 from complications of Alzheimer's. Private family services. Arrangements by Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 952-432-2331, obit.HenryWAnderson.com
Shirley Ann Haffa (Keefe), 77 of Rosemount, passed away peacefully at home Nov. 23, 2008. Funeral service will be held Sat., Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church 16880 Cedar Ave. S., Apple Valley, with interment in Rosemount City Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 28 from 4-8 p.m. at Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 14850 Garrett Ave., Apple Valley, and 1/2 hour prior to service at church. Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 952-432-2331, obit.HenryWAnderson.com.