Statewide: December 14, 2011 Archive
Posted at 8:00 AM on December 14, 2011
by Michael Olson
Filed under: Around MN
Property owners frustrated by power grid update
A massive power grid update under construction through the state is causing consternation for some homeowners in its path (MPR News).
Walz breaks with Dems and votes for GOP tax extension bill
Capitol View: "Along mostly partisan lines, the House passed a bill Tuesday evening to extend the payroll tax cut another year. DFL Rep. Tim Walz was one of just 10 Democrats to defy the party and support the measure, which passed 234-193."
Emmer says Hamline reneged on job offer because of faculty opposition
"Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is accusing Hamline University of caving to faculty opposition" to his political views, reports the Pioneer Press. "Emmer said the school should admit it did not honor the agreement because staff did not want a conservative like him teaching there."
Pawlenty supporters can't help but second-guess his decision to drop out of presidential race
MinnPost: "Given the 'Who's in first today?' nature of the race among Republican presidential candidates, old supporters of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty can't help but ask the question 'What if?'"
NFL expected to vote on possible contribution toward Vikings stadium
"Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and state legislators could learn today how much NFL teams are willing to finance Minnesota's quest for a new stadium when the league's 32 owners debate whether to continue subsidizing projects for their brethren," reports the Pioneer Press.
Minn.'s frigid climate a selling point for data storage industry
On the sixth floor of a Duluth office building, rows of black computer servers store huge amounts of information. One of two data centers for the big regional health system, Essentia Health, the site stores thousands of medical documents like MRI images and digital mammograms (MPR News).
DNR considers lowering walleye harvest on Lake Mille Lacs
There's a chance the Department of Natural Resources could lower the number of walleye coming out of Lake Mille Lacs next spring (MPR News).
Michele Bachmann's certainty is her greatest strength, biggest weakness
Washington Post: "In politics and in her personal life, Michele Bachmann is defined by a striking certitude. Throughout her long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the 55-year-old congresswoman has portrayed herself as a leader who doesn't waffle. Who upholds bedrock beliefs."
Lakes can sound like a symphony this time of year when winter ice begins to thicken.
If you've never heard the sound before, check out this video. It was posted on YouTube a few days ago by videographer Tracey Hays, a resident of Two Inlets Lake, near Park Rapids, Minn..
Hays shot the footage in front of Bear Paw Resort, which she and her husband purchased six years ago after moving from Ohio.
"Photography is my hobby and I love sharing these kinds of unusual things," Hays said. "The sound coming off the lake that day was just awesome. I think it's because we have no snow cover, and the sound really carried and was just perfect."