“A Rosemount man who had a role in one of the Twin Cities most notorious mortgage fraud cases avoided a prison sentence at sentencing this week,” reports the Pioneer Press.
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The Minnesota Department of Transportation paying farmers to leave corn stalks stand along roads. The idea is to let the plants catch blowing snow before it reaches the road.
Minnesota’s congressional delegation expresses disappointment about the super committee’s failure.
“Duluth police officers, including Chief Gordon Ramsay, reiterated to Occupy Duluth protesters today that they must leave the Civic Center unless they obtain a permit,” reports the Duluth News Tribune.
Thanksgiving dinner will cost about 13 percent more this year than last.
“On Monday afternoon, Seth Coleman, a seasonal Target employee in Northfield, will deliver a hard copy version of the ‘Save Thanksgiving’ petition to the retailer’s headquarters on Nicollet Mall,” according to the City Pages.
After the arrests, the protesters marched off the bridge and regrouped at a rally at the Hennepin County Government Center plaza. Participants in the Occupy Minnesota movement have been at the plaza since Oct. 7. The arrests took place during a day of protest across the country.
Council Member Colleen LaBeau said it is “a real frustration for the public that during a meeting there is blogging, Twitter and Facebook.”
About four dozen people rallied recently to support keeping a post office open in the tiny town of Lake George north of Itasca State Park. It’s a scene that’s being played out in small towns across the country as the U.S. Postal Service seeks to close facilities that are too expensive to operate.
As they have across the country, Democrats and Republicans are fighting in Minnesota over redistricting. The battle has big backers and money on both sides. The Democratic strategy is funded by a trial lawyer PAC and powerful unions. And as ProPublica has previously reported, the Republican effort is being funded by an opaque group with ties to the Koch brothers, the billionaire energy magnates and powerful backers of conservative politics. But while the parties are working to redraw communities’ political maps, the communities themselves are struggling to be heard.