Statewide: May 1, 2012 Archive
Posted at 7:55 AM on May 1, 2012
by Michael Olson
Filed under: Around MN
Visualizing presidential campaign contributions throughout Minnesota
MinnPost: "We've mapped 2012 first-quarter presidential campaign contributions in Minnesota. Each dot on the map represents a $20 contribution to a candidate, grouped by ZIP codes."
Legislature seeks progress on bills as deadline nears
MPR News: "Gov. Dayton and GOP legislative leaders continue to negotiate on three issues: a Vikings stadium, a tax bill and a public works bonding bill. Legislative leaders are now set to task as the constitutional deadline to adjourn, May 21, draws near."
In fight over Obama health law, a front in Minnesota
New York Times: "The state has sought advice from consumer groups, labor unions, doctors and hospitals, employers, insurance companies, agents and brokers, and American Indian tribes.But one notable group has been missing from the process: Republicans, who control both houses of the State Legislature."
State's immigration tide shifts back to Mexico
Star Tribune: "Those leaving cite immigration crackdown, economic slowdown."
Rochester soldier killed Sunday in Afghanistan
Rochester Post Bulletin: "Nicholas Dickhut, 23, of Rochester, was killed in action Sunday while serving with the U.S. Army in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan, according to his mother Jacqueline Carson, of Rochester." MPR News: "I don't even want to think about the fact that he's never coming home," Carson said. "All the plans that he had made and all the things we talked about, it's just never going to happen. I really thought he was going to make it. I really did."
Minnesota corn farmers planted 3 million acres last week
Pioneer Press: "Minnesota farmers poured into their fields last week, planting more than 3 million acres of corn in what looks to be the largest corn crop in state history."
Crystal says union's cost estimate of labor struggle too high
AG Week: "American Crystal Sugar Co. officials deny new union claims that a labor lockout has more than doubled processing costs for 2011 beets. They acknowledge costs have increased ... and say the company is seeing its replacement hires as a possible permanent workforce."
Minn. legislature struggles to find session's end
KSTP: "The Minnesota Legislature will stick around into May to try to reach agreement on tax breaks, state-financed construction projects and a Minnesota Vikings stadium plan."
Superfan says pass stadium or become 'the third Dakota'
Forum of Fargo Moorhead: "Larry Spooner loves Vikings football so much he has taken more than 40 days of vacation over the years to ask legislators to approve a new stadium."
Minn. Republican Party says it reached deal with landlord to avoid eviction from headquarters
Star Tribune: "Party chairman Pat Shortridge says Monday night that the confidential agreement with Hub Properties will be finalized in a week. It came on the eve of a court hearing where the landlord's eviction notice was to be heard. Shortridge says the hearing won't happen now."
New radar promises more detailed pictures of coming storms
Rochester Post Bulletin: "The new Doppler radar promises to give forecasters more detailed information about storms as they develop, in turn providing more information to local communities about severe weather headed their way."
A local arts based initiative wants Fargo Moorhead residents to volunteer in the community as a way to celebrate a flood free spring.
Fargo Moorhead residents battled major Red River floods each of the past three years. Thousands volunteered to fill and place sandbags during those floods. This spring the river is meekly flowing within its banks. There's no need for sandbags in Fargo Moorhead this spring, so organizers are trying to tap the community spirit of volunteerism for other community needs.
The exhibit brings together several artists to pose questions, or identify issues related to flooding. This image from the exhibit depicts Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker as Moses.
The volunteer effort is called River Inspired Service Engine (R.I.S.E) and it aims to inspire local residents to focus energy they won't use fighting a flood to volunteer for everything from community clean-up projects, to helping local non-profit agencies to creating their own volunteer initiative.
Volunteers looking for a place to help can contact FirstLink, the organization that coordinates sandbag volunteers during floods, but also manages volunteers for a variety of local organizations.
The volunteer initiative continues through the month of May.