Bad news for weeds. A judge's ruling has restored funding for controlling invasive aquatic vegetation in public lakes.
Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin issued two rulings on the matter today.
First, she said a company, Midwest Weed Harvesting, should get paid for services to "manage and control aquatic vegetation through the use of mechanical lawn weed harvesting for the purpose of maintaining and preserving public property."
And then she approved funding for several other companies "to manage and control invasive and exotic (non-native) aquatic vegetation, swimmers' itch parasites, and algae through the use of EPA-approved herbicides and algaecides for the purpose of maintaining and preserving public property."
In other shutdown news:
Judge Gearin denied funding for the Minnesota Community Action grant. The money provides help for low-income families.
She also denied a licensing request from Halfway Jam, an annual music festival in Royalton, Minn. The festival was supposed to start Wednesday, but it can't get a camping license due to the shutdown.
From KSTP-TV: "Many Nonprofits Brace for State Government Shutdown"
And on All Things Considered today, Tom Crann spoke with Jon Pratt, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, about how today's court ruling will affect those groups.
Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled Wednesday that while some of the state's nonprofit organizations provide services that vulnerable Minnesotans rely on, it's not a critical core function of the government to continue funding them in the event of a shutdown.