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ST. PAUL - Minnesota lawmakers return to work at noon Tuesday. Top issues facing lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty in the 2009 legislative session include: Balancing the state budget: By far the biggest issue, a budget deficit that could top $6 billion needs fixing. A bad economy means less state revenue is expected in the next budget period, even as costs are projected to increase. There is no easy or clear answer to erasing the deficit and writing a new two-year state budget of around $32 billion. Policymakers say necessary spending cuts will affect many Minnesotans.
The state Canvassing Board has carefully handled its duties in the U.S. Senate recount, a board member and Minnesota's top judge said. Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, who sits on the board responsible for declaring an election winner, said regardless of the outcome, citizens and the candidates - Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken - need to be assured "that everything's been looked at and looked at carefully" by the five-member board.
A bird strike had long been the suspected cause of the airplane crash that killed 20-year-old Adam Ostapenko of Duluth and his flight instructor in October 2007. When found, the twin-engine Piper Seminole's left wing had a large dent and the tail section had another dent. In addition, goose remains were found. This week the National Transportation Safety Board made it official. The NTSB's probable cause report, dated Sunday, says the airplane hit at least one Canada goose.
The Minnesota State Patrol is blaming a patch of ice on Highway 52 for the single-vehicle accident that killed one person and injured a 20-year-old Rosemount woman Sunday. The Rosemount woman was driving south on Highway 52 near 117th Street around noon when she hit a patch of ice. The 2005 Pontiac G6 rolled off the road to the right and both the woman and her passenger were thrown from the car. The driver suffered minor injuries. She was treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The passenger, who has not been identified at all, was killed.
If you have some Norwegian ancestry but have never been to Norway, here's your chance: "The Great Norway Adventure," a Scandinavian-accented reality TV series planned for next year, promises to blend elements of "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race" -- and probably all the pickled herring and goat cheese you'd ever want. Producers of Norway's version of "American Idol" and other shows say they're looking for "fun, outgoing Americans with Norwegian ancestry" -- honestly, those are their words -- to go to Norway and "compete in extreme cultural challenges" for a prize of $50,000. In addition to h
Beginning Dec. 4, law enforcement officers throughout Washington County stepped up DWI enforcement efforts in a "Safe & Sober" campaign that continues throughout the holiday season. Perhaps you read about the campaign in an article published a few weeks ago in the Woodbury Bulletin. But articles that mention Washington County's 138 arrests for DWI during last year's holiday season, while important, just don't personalize the impact that impaired drivers can have in our own community.
Red Wing city officials say they are puzzled by allegations that police have been singling out people driving out of the Prairie Island Indian Community. In a Dec.
Four inmates and one employee at the Bayport prison have been disciplined following the close of an investigation into a 25-foot, underground tunnel corrections staff found there in February. It was the first attempt of its kind in the institution's memory, officials said. No inmates escaped.
VERNDALE -- In the pre-dawn blackness of a stormy December Sunday, the Verndale Fire Department received a call around 6 a.m. that a fire had broken out at the Central Minnesota Arena and Event Center on the northwest edge of Verndale, a business also known as R&J Horse Sales. One of the Verndale firemen answering the call was Ryan Sundby. The call had special significance for him. Ryan is the son of Ron and Judy Sundby and one of the co-owners of Sundby Enterprises, the business that was on fire. "We don't know what caused it," Ryan Sundby said.
A 20-year-old Hastings man faces a charge of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree following his Dec. 17 arrest at a Hastings residence. According to the criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Adam Michael Peterson was arrested after he was found nude in the shower with a female juvenile, who was younger than 16. Hastings Police were dispatched to the residence on the report of a possible criminal sexual conduct in progress.