BWCA land exchange, food-borne illnesses investigated, Clay County bong battle

Sell or swap? DNR considers Boundary Waters land exchange

Minnesota DNR officials will unveil a plan Friday in hopes of fixing a long-standing problem involving state land inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (MPR News).

Dozens ill after attending events at Duluth ballroom

“The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating the outbreak of a food-borne illness reported this week by people who attended two events at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth on Saturday,” reports the Duluth News Tribune. “The health department has identified more than 40 people who reported becoming ill after eating at the ballroom and ‘we suspect there could be more,’ said Doug Schultz of the department’s communications office.”

Metro E. coli cases linked to romaine lettuce

“At least two Minnesotans, including one who had to be hospitalized, are among 60 people nationwide sickened in an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce,” reports the Star Tribune.

Residents question need for 1.8% levy increase in St. Louis Co.

“The idea may make you cringe, but property taxes are on their way up for many homeowners in Minnesota. Thursday, St. Louis County residents ask questions about those increases in a government mandated ‘Truth in Taxation’ hearing,” reports the Northland News Center.

Clay County looks at ban on drug paraphernalia

“Clay County commissioners will discuss a proposed ordinance to regulate drug paraphernalia later this month,” reports the Forum of Fargo Moorhead. The proposal has been met with resistance among some in the business community.

Loss of Legacy funds angers arts groups

“More than a dozen Twin Cities groups that received Legacy Amendment-funded grants through the Minnesota State Arts Board in past years were stunned this year to find their applications rejected on what some say are technicalities,” reports the Star Tribune.

Mpls. City Council critical of Rybak’s stadium plan

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak got a warm reception when he pitched a Vikings stadium plan at the Capitol on Tuesday, but received a chilly homecoming when he presented the plan to the Minneapolis City Council Thursday morning (MPR News).

Officials: Not to worry – city buses will run

“Unfinished negotiations for a city transit contract next year seem to have unsettled Mayo Clinic, which sent a message to staff members on Thursday warning of potential service disruptions,” reports the Post Bulletin. “But bus riders need not worry, say parties directly involved in the negotiations.”

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