Swine Flu Case Confirmed

Gov. Tim Pawlenty   Minnesota’s first swine flu case has been confirmed, leading a central Minnesota community to close the middle school through Tuesday. Rocori Middle School will be closed because a woman connected to the public school came down with the flu. She is recovering. Nearby St. Boniface school is closed at least through…
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Health Officials Plan For Swine Flu

State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield Minnesota is prepared to respond to a swine flu outbreak, state health leaders say, but the first probable case was a “wake-up call.” Public health leaders attempted to reassure Minnesotans Wednesday that a well-rehearsed pandemic response plan is in place. Gov. Tim Pawlenty and top state health officials announced Minnesota’s…
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Lawmakers Look At Flood Bill

Kris Eide, Sen. Keith Langseth Minnesota senators are considering spending $67 million to help fund flood clean-up and prevention efforts, but that is not enough to protect communities such as Moorhead from future floods. Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, said the bill – which the Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed Wednesday – includes $500,000 for the…
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Senate OKs Medical Marijuana

Senators voted to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana to ease their pain, with the Wednesday vote mirroring decisions they have made in past years. After the 36-28 vote, attention on the topic now turns to the House, which has not passed the medical marijuana measure in past years. Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red…
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Chairmen Demand Bonding List

Chairmen of the legislative public works funding committees on Wednesday demanded a list of projects Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants included in their bill. Democrats Sen. Keith Langseth of Glyndon and Rep. Alice Hausman of St. Paul demanded a list immediately. "We need that list today so that we can continue our discussions in conference committee…
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