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Good news: Fewer Minnesota workers were hurt on the job in 2006 than at any time over the previous 10 years. Bad news: That same year the state's workers' compensation system cost businesses $1.7 billion, more than ever before.
A few years back I read that not too many decades ago, New York Harbor was one of the richest and busiest seaports in the world. These days its chief activity is shipping out crushed cardboard packing boxes. The cardboard packing boxes had arrived earlier in New York full of television sets manufactured in Japan. How sad. One fellow who would probably find it sad is Joseph Mitchell, who loved to write about old New York. Mitchell grew up in North Carolina and moved to New York in 1929.
Democrat Al Franken said he needed to tell Minnesotans what he sees as the truth about U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman during a Senate forum, so he went on the attack early in their first face-to-face meeting. Just 22 seconds into the FarmFest forum, Franken blasted Coleman. Franken was not in the friendliest of territories. At one point, he asked whether those in the audience -- mostly farmers -- liked what has been going on the past few years.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who serves a vast area of western Minnesota, invited presidential candidate Barack Obama to southwest Minnesota's FarmFest, but Obama declined. Peterson said: "I gave my advice to them as I did with Nancy Pelosi." But Obama campaign officials rejected the invitation. Two years ago, he invited soon-to-be House Speaker Pelosi to the ag event, which won her over to Peterson's work on a new farm bill. Peterson had hoped an Obama visit would do the same if Obama is elected president.
ST. PAUL - Democrats are not waiting for Gov. Tim Pawlenty to become John McCain's running mate; they are attacking now. The Democratic National Committee has launched www.thenextcheney.com , which criticizes the leading Republican vice presidential contenders, including Minnesota's governor. In a telephone conference call with reporters introducing the Web site, state Sen. Kathy Saltzman, DFL-Woodbury, said Pawlenty is too partisan: "The success of our state is a result of a long-standing tradition in which politicians have put our state first before partisan politics.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Opening arguments will begin at 8 a.m. today in the trial of the Guatemalan woman accused of causing the fatal school bus crash near Cottonwood. Jury selection was completed around 2 p.m. Wednesday in the trial of Olga Marina Franco Del Cid, 24, of Minneota, who faces a total of 24 charges stemming from the Feb. 19 crash. Defense attorney Manuel Guerrero has alluded to his argument during the three-day jury selection process. Judge David W.
PAYNESVILLE, Minn. -- One girl. One ride. One seriously huge undertaking. Twelve-year-old E'leese Madgett-Manrique of Plymouth, mom Kerry Madgett and their 16-year-old Arabian gelding "Chip" weren't horsing around Wednesday when they rode through Paynesville with a $16 million dream. This passionate pre-teen's planned 860-mile journey began with a dream to "serve our soldiers as they serve our country," by building a resort-like ranch to offer relief and relaxation to returning veterans through equine therapy.
Carol Race will not face criminal charges for allegedly bringing her severely autistic 13-year-old son, Adam, to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bertha, Minn., on Mother's Day in violation of a restraining order. The church requested that a citation issued against her May 15 be dismissed, canceling a pretrial settlement hearing set for July 14. The church felt dismissing the criminal citation was the right decision to be made, said Jane Marrin, a spokeswoman for St. Joseph's. "The hope for resolution is what the parish community is all concentrating on," she said. Both St.
Candace Ballstadt chewed on the headrest a bit, trying to distract herself. It didn't work. "Baby!" she shouted. "Babybabybaby!" And there he was. Robert Edward Ballstadt popped into his father's waiting hands -- right in the cab Tony Ballstadt's Ford pickup. They were four minutes short of making it to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center. Tony's mother, Betty Ballstadt, who was driving the F250 Super Duty Crew Cab truck, got to call the time of birth: 3:56 a.m.
Nearly six months to the day after a 26-year-old man was gunned down in Red Wing, the final suspect in his murder was arrested. Goodhue County prosecutors confirmed Thursday that Donald Andre Sesley was taken into custody by authorities in Arkansas. According to staff at the Pulaski County detention facility, Sesley was brought in July 19 on a fugitive hold. Goodhue County Attorney Stephen Betcher said Sesley, 20, is believed to be the man identified by co-defendants in the case as "J.R." According to witness testimony, J.R.