Within the next four years nearly a quarter million Minnesota seniors will be living in areas with little to no access to public transportation.
Archives for June 2011
Word from Congressman Collin Peterson’s office is that the Transportation Department is providing $1.6 million for a project to build a longer runway at the Thief River Falls airport.
The possibility of a state government shutdown is real. The uncertainly and inability for lawmakers and Governor Mark Dayton to reach agreement is causing ripples of concern across the state.
The state’s Department of Natural Resources has not enforced a law that forbids fences across the Sauk River in central Minnesota. It is a misdemeanor to obstruct public waters, but farmers continue to run fences between pasture land divided by the river. The fences, sometimes electric or barbed wire, pose a serious risk to canoeists and kayakers.
A recovery team is attempting to set up camp near Swan Lake today after being foiled by bad weather Wednesday. The group will attempt to recover the body of Ty Sitter who was last seen a week ago by his father and brother as he left to go fish the lake. Sitter’s body is believed to be 90-100 feet of water.
Group tries to encourage farmers to remove fences from the Sauk River.
Homelessness rose last year in Minnesota by 2 percent, overall homelessness in the state is up by 9 percent since 2007.
Lawmakers in the U.S. House started debate today on a food and farm spending bill that includes cuts to a program that helps poor mothers and their children buy food. The 2012 budget proposal cuts the Women, Infants, and Children program by $686 million, as compared to the funding level for FY2011.
Unemployment in Minnesota hovers around 6.6 percent, but Grand Rapids has a rate that nearly doubles that. The 12.3 percent unemployment is rooted in a steady decline of manufacturing and forestry jobs that have continued to leave the area since 2002.
What is the economic state of Bemidji and Beltrami County? How has the recession hit this region … and how has it come out of that economic downturn. We ask people who live in Beltrami County to tell us what they see when it comes to the economy in advance of a live forum on June 21. Please join in.