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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.
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.
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.
Jacob "Jake" Eilen, age 27 of Hampton, owner of Jake Eilen Trucking, died Nov. 23, 2008 in an automobile accident. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 at St. Michael's Catholic Church (22120 Denmark Ave) Farmington. Visitation from 4-8 p.m. Friday at church. Interment: St. Mathias Cemetery - Hampton. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers. White Funeral Home, Farmington. 651-463-7374. www.whitefuneralhomes.com .
ST. PAUL - Al Franken's campaign warns a Minnesota board may violate state law and the Constitution if it ignores hundreds of absentee ballots claimed improperly rejected. Norm Coleman's campaign retorts that Franken's efforts are designed to delay a statewide recount. Using stories of four rural Minnesota voters whose absentee ballots it said were wrongly rejected, the Democrat's campaign on Monday asked the state Canvassing Board to include those ballots and "hundreds" others like them in the official tally.
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.
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.