Farmers May Receive Disaster Loans

Low-interest loans are available to farmers affected by floods and other severe weather in 28 Minnesota counties. The Minnesota Rural Finance Authority announced the loan availability Wednesday, following a presidential disaster declaration in April. Weather-related damages not covered by insurance may allow farmers to receive the loans. For instance, farmers may apply for building repairs…
Read More

Governor Home Open

Minnesotans may look through their governor’s official residence this summer. The home at 1006 Summit Ave., St. Paul, will be open 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the first three Tuesdays of June, July and August. They are free and a guide will lead tours. Groups of 15 or more should call (651) 297-2161 for reservations.…
Read More

Old Idea New Again: No Work, No Pay

Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, has an oldie but a goodie bill proposal. Garofalo said that his first 2010 bill will be cutting legislative and gubernatorial pay if they fail to reach a budget agreement, like happened this year. “When public and private sector workers don’t get their jobs done there are financial penalties,” Garofalo said.…
Read More

Foreclosures Up In Rural Areas

Minnesota’s soaring home foreclosure rate, a top issue a year ago, has eased a bit in the Twin Cities, but not so much in other parts of the state. And as the foreclosure situation swells, especially in rural Minnesota, options are scarce. Ed Nelson of the Minnesota Home Ownership Center said that those outside the…
Read More

Bureau Smaller

Scott Wente From The Forum: Forum Communications Co. has eliminated one of its two political reporting positions at the Minnesota State Capitol. Scott Wente, who has worked for Forum Communications Co. for the past six years, joined the Capitol Bureau in 2006. Wente previously covered the Minnesota Legislature in 2005 and 2006 while employed with…
Read More