Fond du Lac expansion, Dayton pushes farm runoff measure, seed shortage

Lakeville woman, sister had harrowing escape from ship

Star Tribune: “A Lakeville woman and her sister were among survivors from the sinking Costa Concordia. A White Bear Lake couple are still missing.”

Fond du Lac Band wants to expand downtown reservation

Duluth News Tribune: “City Attorney Gunnar Johnson fired off a letter Friday detailing the city’s objections to a proposed expansion of the land the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa governs in downtown Duluth.”

Dayton to take lead on effort to reduce farm runoff in Mississippi River

Star Tribune: “Minnesota will be the nation’s first test site for a novel federal program designed to stem the flow of agricultural pollution that is strangling some of the country’s great waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River. Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to announce Minnesota’s leading role in the project at the Capitol on Tuesday morning, with Tom Vilsack, the U.S. secretary of agriculture and Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at his side.”

Voter photo ID legislation introduced as constitutional amendment

MPR News: “Gov. Mark Dayton rejected a Republican-backed bill last spring that would have required Minnesotans to show photo identification to vote. In his veto letter, Dayton noted that the measure would have forced local governments to spend money and that it did not have broad bipartisan support.”

Citizen-lobbyist wants Legislature to be more open

Area Voices: “Rich Neumeister has prowled the Capitol’s halls for years fighting for public access and recently took on controversial departures of two state officials. He concluded that in both cases, ‘with these decisions happening within the Legislature, the public may never know why.'”

Minnesota mother: “You don’t get paralyzed from falling”

Yahoo! Sports: “An official report from a game in which a Minnesota high school hockey player may have been paralyzed has drawn aggressive scorn from her mother after referees claimed that she “fell unaided” to the ice.”

Seed shortage: A reality for spring planting?

Red Wood Falls Gazette: “Some estimates show seed amounts down 25-50 percent over past years, and those who deal in corn and soybeans may have some concerns to deal with when they go to get their seed.”

Yeast experiment hints at a faster evolution from single cells

New York Times: “Our ancestors were single-celled microbes for about three billion years before they evolved bodies. But in a laboratory at the University of Minnesota, brewer’s yeast cells can evolve primitive bodies in about two weeks.”

American Crystal calls union offer ‘stunt’

AP: “American Crystal Sugar Co. has rejected a proposal to end the cooperative’s lengthy lockout of its union employees at plants in northern Minnesota and North Dakota.The company posted a statement today calling the union’s proposal a ‘publicity stunt’ by its leadership.”

2012 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon cancelled

News-Chronicle: “After long deliberation, the John Beargrease Board of Directors regretfully announced the cancellation of the 2012 race.”

Superior lands 600 aviation jobs

Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journals: “Struggling Best Buy Co. Inc. said Monday it was taking two of its top executives and tweaking their job descriptions, naming one president of U.S. operations and the other president of international operations.”

Minnesota DNR hopes to raise hunting and fishing license fees to stem red ink

Duluth News Tribune: “Minnesota’s Game and Fish Fund, which pays for most fish and wildlife management in the state, is headed into the red. One item in a recent presentation by Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr carried an ominous heading: ‘Bankrupt Game and Fish Fund.'”

Rep. Keith Ellison on Rev. Martin Luther King Day

Midday marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a discussion about race and religion in America. Jan. 16 is by presidential proclamation Religious Freedom Day. Why is this day important?

Cloquet man injured in drunk tractor driving incident

Pine Journal: “A St. Cloud man was arrested Jan. 6 for driving a tractor while intoxicated after a Cloquet man, who was apparently a passenger, fell off the tractor.”

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