Dairy Aid OK’d

A plan to increase dairy support prices in a time of historically low milk prices gained U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson’s support. The Detroit Lakes Democrat, who is U.S. House agriculture chairman, said his committee has heard from dairy farmers that the industry needs help. "Increasing the prices they receive will bring greatly needed relief to…
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Start With Jokes

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty rehearsed what could be his presidential campaign stump speech with the Republican National Committee, and like any good speaker he knew to start with jokes. "If you are a Republican in Minnesota, it is like being a polar bear in Miami," Pawlenty said as he opened his San Diego speech Thursday.…
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‘A Senate Star Is Born’

Al Franken and friends A contributor to a prominent political blog proclaims new U.S. Sen. Al Franken is a star. "A Senate star is born" reads the headline on Doug Kendall’s Huffington Post Web site contribution. Kendall extensively quotes from a Franken speech of a few days ago supporting Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. He…
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Military Loss Loans Available

Minnesota businesses financially hurt when an employee is called to military service may obtain interest-free loans. Loans of $5,000 to $20,000 are available to small businesses, the state Department of Employment and Economic Development announced. "Small businesses can face economic hardships when valued employees are away from work, serving their country in the military," said…
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GOP Begins Peterson Attack

Updated: Michael Brodkorb Western Minnesota’s 2010 congressional race is under way, even without candidates. The state Republican Party launches a radio advertising campaign against Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson Thursday, saying the 10-term congressman is out of touch with his district. With Republicans assuming he will run again, it is the fist volley of a…
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