Statewide: October 25, 2011 Archive
Posted at 7:30 AM on October 25, 2011
by Michael Olson
Filed under: Around MN
Minnesota tourism seeks image makeover
Many Americans see Minnesota as stodgy and cold. Tourists don't know about the fun stuff, survey says (Star Tribune).
Distressed home sales push down price data
When banks are sellers, prices have dropped far more than when individuals list a house (Star Tribune).
New St. Thomas housing index breaks out median prices on traditional sales
The University of St. Thomas' new housing price index shows a price decline of nearly 10 percent for traditional sales in the Twin Cities since the peak period of early 2005 - far less than other reports (Pioneer Press).
Settlement of Somali harassment complaints in Minn. schools to require reporting
A Minnesota school district must report to the federal government any future allegations of harassment against Somali students as part of a tentative agreement to end a civil rights investigation, the district's superintendent said Monday (AP).
US Steel's $300M Keetac mine expansion up for vote
United States Steel Corp. will clear one of its last regulatory hurdles for the planned $300 million expansion of its taconite mine and processing plant in Keewatin if a state board approves two key water quality permits Tuesday (CNBC).
It's jobs, jobs, jobs at the Capitol
Minnesota politicians started 2011 talking about jobs, talk that faded during the contentious budget-dominated legislative session but is resurfacing as they look toward a new year (Worthington Globe).
Number of Minnesota government employees retiring sets record
The number of employees retiring from Minnesota state government has hit an annual record, and some officials worry they won't be able to replace the skills walking out the door (Duluth News Tribune).
Minnesota eggs recalled In salmonella probe
Larry Schultz Organic Farm of Owatonna, Minnesota, is recalling organic eggs after at least six people became ill from salmonella, state officials said (Fox News).
Occupy MN blame 'provocateur' for 'riot equipment' box
At the site of the almost three-week long Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Minneapolis, Hennepin County security made a strange discovery Monday: a box filled with rocks and labeled "riot equipment" (Minnesota Independent).
Some Jefferson Avenue Bikeway neighbors try to brake project
The Twin Cities usually gets high marks as a great place to ride a bike. Federal dollars are paying for more programs to encourage alternatives to driving. But one proposal to expand cycling in St Paul has some residents considering legal action (MPR News).
Democrats say sudden concern over civic center all politics
Rochester's DFL lawmakers say they believe a decision by some community leaders to back away from the $77 million Mayo Civic Center expansion has more to do with politics than with concerns about the project (Rochester Post Bulletin).
Rybak insists Minneapolis stadium site is best deal for Vikings
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says he thinks a new Vikings stadium could be built in Minneapolis for less money than a proposed stadium in Arden Hills (MinnPost).
Minnesota angler makes unique catch on Buffalo River
They are few and far between, but every once in a while, a local angler will come across a spooky aquatic creature. And it's not what many of you'd expect to see lurking beneath the waters of Minnesota (WDAY).
Harvest draws to early close across region
Last week was nearly ideal for harvesting in North Dakota and Minnesota, with huge chunks of the last of the corn and sugar beets taken off (Fargo Forum).
Franken plan would remove hurdles to Minnesota energy efficient projects
Retrofitting commercial buildings to be energy efficient not only saves energy and money, it also creates jobs, U.S. Sen. Al Franken said Monday as he launched an initiative to spur more retrofitting projects for private buildings in the state (Grand Forks Herald).
Op-Ed: Some surprises on state mineral lease issue, education needed
Pessimism says innovation and technology will always fail. If that was the case, we'd still be listening to Walkmans and Steve Jobs would've died penniless selling cassette tapes on the corner. Optimism says tourism and mining can exist in the same area (Ely Echo).
Unlike many Minnesota cities, voters in Bemidji don't have the ability to recall their elected city officials. But Bemidji's charter commission wants to change that.
The commission will consider today whether the issue should be decided by voters in a future election, according to the Bemidji Pioneer.
The Bemidji City Council had the chance to resolve the question for themselves by voting in favor of adding recall powers to the city charter. But instead they voted 5-1 against it.
"They don't want to give the people this power? I don't understand it. I really don't," charter commission member Michael Meuers told the newspaper.
Several council members questioned the fairness of the numbers required to prompt a recall. The proposal would allow five voters in a ward to begin the recall process against that ward's councilor. They'd be required to gather signatures from 20 percent of those who voted for the councilor in the last election.
If they reach that threshold, it would trigger a special recall election.
Bemidji city attorney Al Felix told the Pioneer the language in the proposed charter change isn't that unusual.
"It's pretty common fare," he said. "We would probably be one of the few [cities] that doesn't have it."