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The Minnesota Humanities Commission announced the winners of the 18th Annual Minnesota Book Awards April 29 at The Woman's Club of Minneapolis. The Humanities Commission honored Robert Bly with its Minnesota Humanities Prize for Literature for his contributions to literature and the advancement of the humanities in Minnesota; author Louise Erdrich accepted the award on Bly's behalf. Richard Robbins, director of the creative writing program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and the Good Thunder Reading Series, received the Kay Sexton Award for fostering books, reading, and literary ac
Known for its acoustically driven, three-part vocal harmony sound, seasoned country band BlackHawk will perform two shows at 7 and 9 p.m. in the Shooting Star Casino Event Center in Mahnomen on Saturday, May 6. Tickets are $20, $14, $10 and $7, and can be reserved at the casino or by calling 1-800-313-7469. *** The Minnesota State University Moorhead Planetarium will feature the show "Hubble Vision" every Sunday at 2 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m., through May 15. This fascinating program looks at the Hubbell Space Telescope's discoveries in the solar system, our galaxy and the universe beyond.
U.S. Senator Mark Dayton says Minnesota will receive $2,588,6000 in federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The funding, provided as matching grants, will support 35 new and established artistic works, nine of which will go to theater and dance projects. "Minnesota is known nationwide for its performing arts," said Dayton.
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With Minnesota lawns greening up under the spring sunshine, many homeowners are thinking about how to keep that lawn looking green and healthy all summer. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has a simple message for those considering hiring a professional lawn care company: make sure the company is properly qualified and licensed. The Minnesota Pesticide Control Law requires all persons applying pesticides for hire in the state to be trained and licensed by the MDA.
A Frazee man was sentenced in Becker County District Court of a felony charge Monday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed execution of a 12-month sentence against Gerald Ladwig, 47, of 37553 State Highway 87, for issuance of dishonored checks in January and February 2005. Ladwig must serve 60 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $635 and ordered to make restitution of $2,506.89.
BEMIDJI -- Skyrocketing fuel costs means fewer dollars for students, a Bemidji school official said Tuesday. With the Bemidji School District the size of the state of Rhode Island, Transportation Coordinator Greg Liedl said district buses travel 1.1 million miles a year. "Our buses use 200 gallons of diesel every day -- and as our costs exceed our budget, we have to take the money out of classrooms," Liedl said, as the district must subsidize the state-mandated bus service with funds from elsewhere. That's the kind of "anecdotal evidence" that U.S. Sen.
Stadium debate that continued taking center stage in the Minnesota Legislature Tuesday bumped negotiations on the session's top priority, funding public works projects around the state. A House-Senate conference committee planned to meet Tuesday and start making decisions about what projects to fund, ranging from college repairs to constructing dikes to prevent flooding.
The Clay County Commission on Tuesday shot down a proposal to adopt the Minnesota State Building Code. Becker County in the past has flirted with the idea of adopting the code and hiring a building inspector to enforce it, and the idea still has support among at least one commissioner, Bob Bristlin, who has spoken in favor of it on several occasions. The unanimous decision by Clay County commissioners ends weeks of contentious discussion on a code many Clay County residents said is costly and unnecessary. The state building code sets guidelines for construction.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld the city of Hawley's August firing of Police Chief Mark Hanson for violating the city's zero-tolerance alcohol policy. "It is a relief to have this issue behind us," said Lisa Jetvig, Hawley's city clerk/treasurer. Hanson's attorney, Randy Stefanson, said a number of options were being considered, including a lawsuit in District Court. The firing came after Hanson was involved in a minor traffic accident May 24, 2005, while he was on-call and driving a city vehicle. Following department policy, Hanson took a breath test that indicated a blo