Water Quality Remains A Minnesota Problem

The governor called for making the Minnesota River “fishable and swimmable” within 10 years. That was then-Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson 25 years ago. The river is in the southern half of Minnesota where scientists still say much of the water should not be used for fishing or recreation. While the southwest faces the most water…
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Chatter: Consumer Prices Could Rise If Farms Lack Workers

Vegetables are rotting in California because farmers cannot find enough workers to harvest them. “I need more Mexicans like you,” a Kansas wheat farmer told an undocumented immigrant. It is easy to find stories about the need for farm country workers in media nationwide. At the recent Farmfest event in southwestern Minnesota, American Farm Bureau…
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Chatter: Lights, Cameras, Silence (From Politicians)

They do not often bring in television lights for a Farmfest forum. But that is not the only unusual thing about a forum on the last day of the southwest Minnesota agriculture event: Eleven U.S. representatives featured at the forum gave brief opening remarks and then shut up (well, except for some chatting among themselves).…
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Judge Says Dayton Wrong When He ‘Effectively Abolished The Legislature’

A judge reached all the way to the Federalist Papers of 1787 to conclude Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton violated the state Constitution when he vetoed state House and Senate funding last spring. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison wrote in arguing in favor of the separation of powers doctrine that soon became…
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Governor Worries Trump ‘Unpredictability’ Will Impact Environment

Minnesota can keep its environment clean, but the President Donald Trump’s administration could make the job difficult, Gov. Mark Dayton says. “Everybody has to deal with the unpredictability of President Trump’s decisions,” Dayton told reporters Wednesday, July 19, after he talked to Scott Pruitt, administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The Democratic governor said…
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