BEMIDJI -- Minnesota's long-running U.S. Senate will be decided July 5 in Nevis. Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken will see their battle decided by surrogates -- pigs -- in a race to the finish. The "pork barrel race" to end the Coleman/Franken election is part of Nevis' Fourth of July festivities that includes the inaugural Nevis Pig Races, says Dave McCurnin of the Nevis Chamber & Commerce Association. "For a small fraction of the $50 million spent by the candidates so far, each will get his name on the back of a piglet," McCurnin said Tuesday.
BEMIDJI -- State officials project Minnesota's transportation needs for the next 20 years at $65 billion -- but they expect to see only $15 billion in revenue. "We have challenges that we need to face together and we'll be talking to you more about those," Abby Mckenzie, director of the state Transportation Department's Office of Investment Management, said Thursday in Bemidji. MnDOT is seeking input on its proposed 20-year statewide transportation plan, charting out projects to 2028, and setting a policy to determine how projects are ranked within available resources.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss only heard about Beltrami County's effort to site a Minnesota veterans home two days ago, but he couldn't miss Friday's rally of support. More than 300 people, many of them veterans wearing veteran uniform caps, came Friday evening to sign a commitment of support letter to be sent to Minnesota's congressional delegation that represents Bemidji.
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- Economic stimulus must include rural America, says U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, who hopes to include provisions of his Rural Renaissance plan. "In times of economic challenge, the idea of commitment to infrastructure to provoke rural vitality, I think, is more important than ever," Coleman, R-Minn., said in an interview over the weekend at the Minnesota Farm Bureau's annual convention. Coleman wants to retool parts of his Rural Renaissance Act he introduced in 2005 with Sen.
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- Minnesota farmers and ranchers face challenges but also opportunities, says the head of the state's largest farm organization. One of the largest challenges is debunking the charge that diverting corn to ethanol production has raised food costs. "We cannot afford to have agriculture divided as we face our upcoming challenges -- we cannot have agriculture fighting agriculture," Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap said during his annual address here Saturday as part of the Minnesota Farm Bureau's two-day annual meeting.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Todd Palin, husband of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Republican John McCain's vice presidential running mate, will visit Bemidji on Thursday as part of a campaign swing. Palin will visit Bemidji Woolen Mills' factory center in the Bemidji Industrial Park at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the McCain's St. Paul campaign office said Tuesday night. "The Batchelder family is really honored to host such a visit," Bill Batchelder, a Bemidji Woolen Mills owner, said Tuesday night. Batchelder is a long-time Republican activist.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- While eating pancakes early Monday morning at the Bemidji Senior Center, Gov.
BREEZY POINT, Minn. - Gov. Tim Pawlenty caught a 17-inch walleye on Pelican Lake Saturday as part of the 60th annual Governor's Fishing Opener, but that's not what he'll eat. "I guess I'm eating humble pie," the Republican governor said early Saturday afternoon after returning to Breezy Point Resort and a morning of fishing. In the annual competition between Pawlenty and Lt. Gov. Molnau, it was Molnau who again bested the governor. While both caught only one fish, it was Molnau who got hers first and was larger. Pawlenty caught his walleye aboutn 11:05 a.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Minnesota faces both great challenges and a promising future in agriculture, Gov. Tim Pawlently said here Saturday night. One in five jobs in Minnesota comes from agriculture, food processing or related jobs, said Pawlenty, who spoke at the Minnesota Farm Bureau annual convention banquet at the Sheraton Bloomington. "It's an enormous part of our economy," the Republican governor said.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar views President Bush's dismissal of his proposal to raise the federal gasoline tax to repair deficient bridges as supportive, not as a veto threat. "In fact, the president seems to support it," Oberstar, chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said Thurs-day. Oberstar, DFL-8th District, in Bemidji on Thursday to bike the Paul Bunyan Trail, a day earlier proposed a 5-cent increase in the federal 18.3-cent per gallon gasoline tax as a dedicated trust fund to inspect and repair or replace structurally deficient bridges.