DL News Staff
The fate of tax relief, more school funding and other state spending options rests in the hands of six Minnesota Supreme Court justices. They asked an attorney representing major cigarette makers tough questions Tuesday as he tried to convince them to overthrow a 75-cent-a-pack fee.
Minnesota legislators say the state needs to repair its crumbling highways and improve its transit systems, but they don't appear willing to agree this year on a way to pay for those improvements. House and Senate committees on Tuesday each approved their own transportation bills, exposing a deep philosophical divide over how road and transit projects should be funded. The Republican-led House is considering borrowing $2.5 billion for highway projects, while leaders of the DFL-controlled Senate didn't propose a major funding plan. The difference comes a year after most of the Legislature's
Efforts by some rural lawmakers to ensure highway construction gets a bulk of new Minnesota transportation funding failed Tuesday, although there will be more opportunities as bills make their way through the full House and Senate. Neither the House nor the Senate transportation committee Tuesday went along with proposals to rewrite a constitutional amendment legislators approved a year ago. However, both committees tried to simplify what voters will see on the ballot Nov.
The City of Ottertail is another step closer to hosting a sheriffs department substation. At their March 28 meeting, Otter Tail County Commissioners authorized the purchase of nearly 10 acres of land at a price of about $50,000. The agricultural land is southeast of the intersection of Highway 108 and County Road 55. Otter Tail County officials have long been exploring the substation as a means to relieve crowding at the Fergus Falls facility while improving services to the eastern portion of the county.
House Republicans want to mail tax rebate checks to more than 1 million Minnesotans, a plan Democrats call an election-year gimmick. Homeowners would receive checks worth 10 percent of their property tax bills, making the average check $205. They would arrive by Oct.
Tesoro Corporation has expanded its popular Gallons for Grades program to Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota and Utah to reward even more students who excel academically. Gallons for Grades provides an incentive for high school and college students to achieve good grades by giving them Tesoro fuel cards for free gasoline at participating Tesoro stations. Qualified high school and college students are awarded $2 for each A and $1 for each B on their report cards.
Local retailer Floor to Ceiling Carpet One will introduce a new collection of specially designed pink ribbon welcome mats in April to continue their support for the fight against breast cancer. This spring marks Carpet One's fourth "Carpet One Welcomes Your Support" campaign, raising funds for the American Cancer Society's breast cancer programs through sales of their welcome mats. Carpet One stores throughout the United States and Canada, including Floor to Ceiling Carpet One, are participating in this extraordinary campaign.
Emmanuel Community has become one of four hubs within Ecumen, the state's largest provider of housing and services for older adults, to introduce videoconferencing technology. In addition to Detroit Lakes, the videoconferencing system is located at other Ecumen hubs in Mankato, Duluth and the Twin Cities. "Technology is going to take on a greater and greater role at Emmanuel Community both in our service to older adults and in our employee development," said Emmanuel Executive Director Janet Green.
Persons attending the Tuesday and Thursday practice rounds at the Becker County Sportsmen's Club seem to be pleased with the liberalization of the rules. Last fall, a questionnaire was circulated, asking participants what they found to be operational problems. The response did not reveal any large discrepancies, but a number of changes were suggested. A committee reviewed the responses, and adjustments were made. The rules on shooting ahead and make-up rules have been altered and are now more shooter-friendly.
There has been a precipitous drop in the number of federally licensed gun dealers, except in the states of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming. In these western states, where there is abundant opportunity to hunt, there are more places for a sportsman, collector, hunter and competitive shooter to buy a firearm. Minnesota has shown a 72 percent drop since 1994. Back then, there were 5,741 federally licensed dealers. In 2005, there were 1,601 dealers, and that's a considerable sum in comparison to other states. In 1994, the U.S.