Swine Flu Tests To Increase

Rocori Supt. Scott Staska and Gov. Tim Pawlenty Health officials are testing dozens of lab samples from people throughout the state for swine flu while Minnesota responds to its first confirmed case of the spreading influenza strain. State Health Commissioner Sanne Magnan said Thursday that doctors from around Minnesota have sent to a state laboratory…
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House Keeps Nuke Construction Ban

An attempt to lift a nuclear power plant construction moratorium fizzled Thursday in the Minnesota House. On a 72-60 vote, representatives voted to keep the 15-year-old moratorium in place. Earlier this year, senators opted to end the moratorium, so the subject remains alive at the Capitol. "Our future lies with renewable resources," Rep. Bill Hilty,…
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Senators Like Little Trucks

Trucks about half the size of regular ones soon may be traveling on local roads. Senators tentatively passed a bill on a voice vote Thursday to allow counties to permit the little trucks, which carry about 1,000 pounds. Sen. Dan Skogen, DFL-Hewitt, said more of the vehicles are being used by farmers and businessmen as…
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Brandon Law Passes

Senators added their approval to changing the state’s missing persons law to provide quicker response by law enforcement organizations when young adults disappear. "This is about speeding up filing missing persons reports," Sen. Dennis Frederickson, R-New Ulm, said. Several 18- to 21-year-old Minnesotans have gone missing, but law enforcement agencies often rely on a state…
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House Honors Irv Anderson

Minnesota representatives honored long-time lawmaker Irv Anderson, observed by his family, as they began Thursday’s session. "Irv was a fighter, an advocate, a person who had strong believes and values and never wavered from his unique definition of what was right and what was wrong," said his replacement, Rep. Tom Anzelc, DFL-Balsam Township. Anderson died…
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