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WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities will test a new "recipe'' for producing energy: corn cobs and coal. The utility's power plant will conduct a test burn of cobs and coal later this winter. If the test burn is successful, corn cobs could help the utility comply with the state's renewable energy mandate and help boost local farm income. "Burning cobs may be able to help us meet our renewable energy goals and support the local economy at the same time,'' says Bruce Gomm, Willmar Municipal Utilities general manager.
ST. PAUL - Al Franken's position is as firm as the election results are fluid. The Democrat said Thursday he will not waive a recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate contest, pointing to a narrowing margin between himself and Republican Sen. Norm Coleman as initial results are reviewed. A day earlier, Coleman claimed victory, expressed confidence in the election system and noted his opponent could forego the state-mandated -- and funded -- recount to save taxpayer money.
The Minnesota Veterans Home in Hastings will be the recipient of $10 million in funding to help build a supportive housing complex in Hastings. The complex will consist of 60 one-bed units. Each unit will have about 600 square feet of living space. The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency approved the funds. Approximately $7.8 million will come from a General Obligation bond and $2.2 million will come from the Ending Long-Term Homeless Initiative Fund.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. - The guest was just as popular as the candidate when Sen. Norm Coleman and Gov. Tim Pawlenty walked into the restaurant. Minnesota's two top Republicans worked the dining room, greeting supporters, signing autographs and chatting up school children. But the focus was on Coleman. "We're all rooting for you," a woman told the senator fighting to keep his job. "I appreciate that very, very, very much," Coleman responded. Coleman enlisted Pawlenty's help Tuesday as he kicked off the final week of his re-election campaign.
As the country moves forward through the next few months, Governor Tim Pawlenty knows there are going to be challenges. Challenges that include an unstable economy, he told a roomful of educators last Friday at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's U.S. Senate race pits a former war protester against two candidates who protest continuing the Iraq war. Pick a major issue and it is likely Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken disagree. Nowhere is it more evident than on the war. Coleman, who in college protested the Vietnam War, supported the Iraq war effort early on but later raised concerns over the U.S. reconstruction effort. He has called for more Iraqi involvement in reconstruction and a secondary role for American troops.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota officials see potential for increased trade with Israel, so Gov. Tim Pawlenty will lead a trade mission there in December. The governor will lead a delegation of 30 to 40 business leaders with a specific emphasis on increasing exports in the high-technology, manufacturing and energy sectors. "Minnesota is a modest-sized state, so it's important that we market," Pawlenty said. The Mideast country last year ranked 22nd among nations receiving Minnesota exports, but the amount of exported goods to Israel is skyrocketing, said Tony Lorusso of the Minnesota Trade Office.
DULUTH - Voters who support a Nov. 4 ballot measure either will be mucking up the Minnesota Constitution or pledging to pay for cleaner water and neglected outdoors and arts causes. "It comes down to this is bad constitutional law, this is bad legislative law and this is bad tax policy," former Republican lawmaker Linda Runbeck said of a proposed constitutional amendment dedicating a tax increase to the outdoors and arts. Larry Redmond's view is different.
Question: What justifies handcuffing a child to a bed and beating her with a leather strap? Another: Under what circumstances is it considered proper to break her nose? When Washington County investigators asked these questions Mahtomedi resident Julia Marie Patek, she said the 13-year-old girl had been stealing, lying, "and not going to school." On Sept. 29, county prosecutors charged Patek with two felony charges, one for malicious punishment of a child, the other for third degree assault.