Bonding bill blues; The big payback; Another good year for farmers

Bonding bill cheers and jeers

Hormel Institute passes another hurdle toward legislative funding

Post Bulletin: “Plans to expand the cancer research center in Austin got a major boost this morning with the Senate Republicans’ $496 million bonding bill, setting aside $13.5 million for the project.”

Bonding bill sidelines Duluth

Northland News: “The Senate Capital Investment Committee released a $496 million bonding bill which shows no support for Duluth Projects.”

Mankato leaders, legislators decry Mankato exclusion from bonding

Mankato Free Press: “Senate Republicans unveiled a bonding bill larger than proposed by their House counterparts, but Mankato’s request for $14.5 million in civic center funding was not included.”

Senate says no to sports complex

Marshall Independent: “The Minnesota Senate on Wednesday delivered a third strike to Marshall’s proposed $12.9 million regional amateur sport complex, leaving the project off its bonding proposal and sending sports facility supporters back to the bench.”

Winners and losers in Senate bonding package

KAAL: “On Wednesday, the Minnesota Senate released its version of the bonding bill. They want to spend $496 million dollars on mostly infrastructure and building projects, including the Hormel Institute and the Mayo Civic Center.”

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Feds threaten to cancel casino deal

Duluth News Tribune: “The city of Duluth’s efforts to reclaim a share of gambling revenue from the Fond-du-Luth Casino were further complicated by a letter Mayor Don Ness received Wednesday morning.”

Rochester parents won’t pursue challenge of ‘Tango’ book

Post Bulletin: “The parents of a Gibbs Elementary School student who sought to remove the book ‘And Tango Makes Three,’ the story of two male penguins who raise a chick together, have decided to not refile their challenge.”

House, Senate leaders reach deal on shifting $430 million from state reserves to pay back schools

Pioneer Press: “Minnesota House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement to start paying back the $2.4 billion owed to public schools in the state.”

Pepper balls acquired to calm potential jail riots in Mille Lacs County

Princeton Union Eagle: “There hasn’t been a riot inside the Mille Lacs County Jail for decades, but the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department is adding a pepper ball weapon to the department’s arsenal in case a jail riot should occur.”

Wildlife managers worry over funding

Bemidji Pioneer: “Randy Prachar knows what it’s like to pinch pennies, but the longtime wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says things now are reaching a breaking point.”

Sappi Workers in Cloquet to vote on strike

Northland News: “Maintenance and Boiler Operators could be going on strike soon at the Sappi Paper Mill in Cloquet.”

Farmers enjoy strong year despite price drop

MPR News: “Farmers had another strong financial year in 2011 according to study of about 2,400 farms across the state.”

New preservation guidelines for St. Anthony Falls historic area

MPR News: “In a city without a defining monument — like the Gateway Arch or Golden Gate Bridge — the downtown riverfront has become Minneapolis’ front door to the world.”

Lodge pool closes after report of illness

Brainerd Dispatch: “The pool at the Lodge at Brainerd Lakes was closed Monday night after a person with a confirmed case of cryptosporidiosis, a water-borne intestinal disease, was linked to the Baxter motel pool, a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) epidemiologist said.”

Duluth’s aging infrastructure catching up with city

WDIO: “On the surface most people in Duluth have no problem with their water, but infrastructure down below is causing more and more problems for the city.”

Growth in Chinese language classes underscores national trend

Minnesota Public Radio: “When Tang Beiyi leaves Minnesota, she’ll leave hundreds of Mandarin-speaking kids. The Chinese program at Willmar High has grown popular since its start in 2006, so much so that a group of students will head to China today.”

Olmsted County Board views 17 redistricting options

Post Bulletin: “The new boundaries are required to level the population in each of the seven districts as a result of the 2010 U.S. Census.”

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