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Just when you thought the Democrats and Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature and in the governor's office couldn't get together or agree on anything, news breaks Jan. 13 from St. Paul that a bill not only was passed but actually was signed into law, the first such achievement of the 2017 legislative session.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota legislators should be in a happy mood. They have returned to a spectacularly renovated Capitol building. The coffers are more than full, thanks to a surplus surpassing a billion dollars. The state's business climate, job growth and status as a great place to live have rarely been better. But the governor and leading lawmakers are not happy. They have been squabbling like children in a very nice playground, apparently so afflicted by partisan myopia they don't seem to grasp the opportunities that the nice playground presents.
Over the past few weeks you may have noticed the addition of surveys to Forum Communications articles. The surveys, administered by Google, effectively hide stories until you either take the surveys or skip them. Some of you may be irritated about not getting quick access to a news item you want to read or watch, while others of you might assume that something nefarious is happening, like a piece of malware has taken over your phone or computer.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, the ranking member on the U.S. House agriculture committee has announced the 20 Democratic members that will serve on the committee this year. Three are from Minnesota, including Peterson. Among the main duties will be reauthorizing the 2014 Farm Bill, said Peterson who represents most of western Minnesota. Other Minnesota Democrats named to the ag committee were Rep. Tim Walz,, who represents southern Minnesota, and Rep. Rick Nolan, who represents northern Minnesota.
FAIRMONT, Minn. — Sheriff's officials say a woman died and four other people were hospitalized after they were overcome by apparent carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday, Jan. 15, while ice fishing in southern Minnesota. Authorities say the group was in an ice shanty on Wilmert Lake in rural Martin County. A 21-year-old woman died at the scene about 2 p.m. A 20-year-old man was taken to St. Mary's in Rochester, about two hours to the east. Three other adults were treated at local hospitals.
MINNEAPOLIS—U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota became the latest Democratic lawmaker to announce a boycott of Donald Trump's Friday inauguration as the 45th president. "I will not celebrate a man who preaches a politics of division and hate," Ellison said via Twitter on Monday afternoon. "I won't be attending Donald Trump's inauguration." Ellison, who represents Minneapolis in the 5th Congressional District, joins more than 30 other Democratic representatives who are skipping the inauguration.
PERHAM, Minn.—A rural Perham man was injured Sunday, Dec. 25, when a fish house fire spread to nearby residences. According to a report released by the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office: Perham area fire crews and members of the sheriff's office were called about 6:30 a.m. Sunday to the rural Perham residence of Paul Krause, 62, where a fire in a fish house on dry land spread to nearby structures.
We most often look at addiction through the eyes of therapists, physicians, police officers, family members and the addicts themselves. Now, here are the professionals with whom society should consult next: Linguists. Yes, we're serious. Because the more we learn about addiction, the more we realize our language — our vocabulary — is inadequate to the task.
ST. PAUL -- Forum News Service will host a briefing with the governor and four legislative leaders at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, Dec. 19. View the live stream here
The barge/tug combo Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived in Duluth on Tuesday morning to pick up a load of taconite. It already was carrying a cargo of ice. Below-zero temperatures and westerly winds left the vessel coated in ice as it passed through the Duluth ship canal before a group of onlookers who braved the frigid conditions. It had warmed up to about zero in Canal Park by the time the ship arrived at about 10:20 a.m., after subzero temperatures to start the day.