Statewide: June 3, 2011 Archive
The inability of Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders to come to an agreement on the state budget could result in new costs for the state.
A leader of one of the largest unions in the state, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE), says a shutdown could leave the state on the hook for $50 million.
The Saint Cloud Times reports "the potential payments to laid-off workers reportedly could include severance, accrued vacation and compensatory payments, according to Richard Kolodziejski, legislative affairs director for MAPE."
MAPE represents about 13,000 professional state workers.
The shutdown will happen if a budget agreement can't be reached by June 30. MPR's Martin Moyland reports the layoffs "would arguably be the largest single layoff in state history." Moyland estimates that thousands, if not tens of thousands, of state workers would be given a pink slip.
Only those deemed non-essential by a court after the shutdown would be laid off.
Also clicking on MN TodayMayo teams return from Haiti Over the past several months, Mayo Clinic has sent eight teams to Haiti to help with the country's continuing health problems.The last team is due to return to the U.S. this weekend (KAAL).
Lake Superior water level higher than usual in May
Ample rainfall helped boost the level of Lake Superior by six inches in May, two inches more than the big lake usually rises for the month (Duluth News Tribune).
Stranded Paynesville hiker rescued in Washington
A 2009 Paynesville Area High School graduate was found uninjured today on a snow-packed Washington mountainside after being missing for two days (West Central Tribune).
Last of legal drugs pulled ahead of law
Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand said the last Winona retailer selling the legal psychoactive chemicals has taken them off the shelves (Winona Daily News).
Volunteers can help protect the future of Minnesota's loon population
A statewide study is being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to help ensure the continued health of Minnesota's state bird, the common loon. Boaters, anglers and lakeshore owners are being asked to pick up dead loons for testing to help biologists discover the major causes of death (MN DNR).
3 Duluth-area men fined for shooting fake moose
The men, from Duluth and Proctor, pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting moose under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act after illegally shooting a moose decoy out of a moving motorboat (Duluth News Tribune).
The 39 Steps at the Duluth Playhouse lovingly lampoons noir (Perfect Duluth Day)
Posted at 1:46 PM on June 3, 2011
by Mark Steil
Filed under: Southwest Minnesota
A legacy of the early European settlement of southwest Minnesota celebrates its 125th anniversary this weekend.
The Danebod Lutheran Church was started by Danish immigrants in the community of Tyler in Lincoln County. Church member Ricke Bly says the open-to-the-public celebration begins Saturday morning.
"We will begin with coffee," says Bly. "It's a real Danish tradition. You always have to make time for coffee."
Other scheduled events include outdoor games, singing, dancing and a timeline show of the church's history.
Bly says besides the church the Danebod campus in Tyler includes a folk school, a museum and other historic buildings. Church founders believed in life-long education and started the folk school to promote that goal.
The school still operates today. Bly says there are several educational camps at the school during the summer for children and adults.
The church itself is built in the shape of a cross and is on the National Historic Register.