Minnesota Legislature Close To Outlawing Fake Service Animals

People who misrepresent dogs or other animals as trained service animals soon may violate state law. Minnesota senators Thursday, April 19, unanimously approved legislation making such misrepresentation a crime. Some well-publicized instances of people wrongly claiming animals like parrots and kangaroos were service animals brought public attention to the issue. Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids,…
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GOP Fights Dayton Effort To Restrict Some Fertilizer Use

Legislative Republicans are fighting a Dayton administration proposal to restrict farmers’ use of nitrate fertilizers. The GOP-controlled Minnesota House voted 69-56 Monday, April 16, to require legislative approval before nitrate limits proposal by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton can be adopted. Dayton he wants the rule because “clean and safe drinking water is the right of…
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Chatter: Lesson Learned, Vet Major Proposals Well

John Jaschke learned a valuable lesson the other day: Don’t rush so fast that you skip over important details. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, known as BWSR, executive director told Forum News Service that mistakes happen when you hurry. Not only do mistakes happen, he learned, but in some instances state leaders…
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Dayton Seeks Funds To Keep Suicide Hotline Going

Appropriating nearly $1 million is a life and death matter, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says. The governor on Thursday, April 12, asked lawmakers to quickly find that money so a statewide suicide hotline can remain in operation. It was one of several topics he discussed during a session with Capitol reporters. Crisis Connection is the…
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Was Governor On Scene Of Monkey Escape? Was Animal Stolen?

The mummified monkey mystery may remain unsolved. On Thursday, April 12, two potential answers surfaced to how the remains of a monkey got in the 116-year-old former Dayton’s department store building in downtown Minneapolis. Gov. Mark Dayton, who worked at his family’s store in the summer of 1968, told reporters that the store put together…
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