DL News Staff
Minnesota would receive $100 million annually in new taxes if the state allows the Vikings to build a stadium and retail complex, senators heard Wednesday. Team owner Zygi Wilf said the complex would draw a million visitors a year. "The NFL (National Football League) has become a year-around tourist destination," Wilf told the Senate State and Local Government Operations Committee. The panel approved the stadium proposal on a voice vote Wednesday.
The U.S. Army announced earlier this year that it has raised the active Army maximum enlistment age from 35 years of age up to 40 years of age. It also announced that it has double the maximum combination of cash enlistment bonuses, up to $40,000 for the active Army, and up to $20,000 for the Army Reserve.
Immigration, floods and ag disaster aid was on the minds of Minnesota's two U.S. senators during separate press conferences Thursday. Later that day, the U.S. Senate reached a compromise on delicate, multi-tiered package that won't get a final vote until after a two-week holiday recess. But even with Senate approval, that version is strikingly different from the U.S. House of Representative's proposal, which addresses border security and would deport most, if not all, of the illegal aliens in this country. U.S. Sen.
Wearing a bright green T-shirt emblazoned with the word "Mexico," 18-year-old Marco Tapia couldn't wait to join the biggest march for immigrants he's ever seen. The Mexican-born high school senior was part of a huge crowd - organizers gave estimates ranging from 15,000 to 40,000 - that walked from the St. Paul Cathedral to the Minnesota Capitol on Sunday in a show of support and sheer numbers for immigrant rights. "Hopefully this will change the way America thinks," said Tapia, who is living illegally in Minneapolis with his mother and sister. "We're not criminals.
About 30 remaining Minnesota National Guard soldiers left Halstad, Minn., at noon Sunday after officials there decided they were no longer needed. Local officials will continue patrolling the dikes until the Red River recedes to 36.4 feet, said Kevin Ruud, Norman County emergency manager. On Sunday, the river level there was 39 feet.
An informational meeting regarding Becker County Ditch 19 will be held in Callaway on Thursday, April 27. Questions have surfaced in recent weeks regarding the drainage system and the benefits area, as well as whether improvements last year led to a fish kill on Rock Lake. The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District is hosting the meeting.
It may have surprised some Minnesotans that House Republicans came out with a public works funding bill close to what the generally freer spending Senate Democrats proposed. The GOP bill would borrow $949 million, just $41 million less than Senate Democrats, that would be repaid by general tax dollars. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, another Republican, calls for a relatively diminutive $811 borrowing package. But there are a couple of reasons the House GOP had no choice but to put forward a big public works package -- politics and politics. Political reason No.
Spring is just around the corner and for foresters and local fire fighters this means one thing: Fire Season. Every year the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and local fire departments issue the standard warnings and regulations about wildland fire. Every spring we're called to hundreds of human-caused fires across northern Minnesota. Rather than going into a lot of specifics on rules and regulations, I thought it might be helpful to just pass along a few simple pieces of advice from a 15-year veteran Forestry technician and wildland firefighter from Roy Lake.