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OneOne employee died this afternoon as a result of an explosion and fire at the United Taconite processing plant in Forbes, about five miles southwest of Eveleth. The United Taconite worker was working on an electrical panel at the time of the explosion, St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman said. His name was not released pending notification of relatives. The explosion is being investigated by the U.S. Office of Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, United Taconite and the St.
"The Broken Branch," by Thomas E. Mann and Norman Ornstein (Oxford, $26) can attach itself to the mid-term elections coming up and sell some books. The branch that has been broken, according to the authors is Congress. When once this august body debated issues, paid attention to committees, etc., it now resorts to political bickering. First the Dems controlled Congress for a decade, then the Republicans came roaring back in 1994. And that's where the rubber hit the road and politics, the authors say, replaced deliberations for the good of the country.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is looking ahead to 2007 and its every-other-year budget battle in the Legislature; and its sales pitch will be the system returns $3.5 billion a year to the state's economy. "Of the $3.5 billion return, about $2.4 billion is from enhanced productivity of Minnesota workers who received degrees or training at our colleges and universities. And our graduates do not make just a one-time addition to the state's economy; they continue to contribute throughout their working lives," Chancellor James H.
A week before she disappeared, 5-year-old Leanna Warner exhibited strange behavior. Chris and Kaelin Warner of Chisholm hope that revealing new information about the days before their daughter's disappearance on NBC's "Maury" show Wednesday morning will bring new leads in the three-year-old case. "We're hoping with this that it will bring to light the way she was acting before she left," said Kaelin.
Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer didn't inform facilities such as veterans' homes of a new election law, and the result is some Minnesotans could have a tough time voting Nov. 7, her main opponent said. Mark Ritchie, a Democrat, said at a Capitol news conference last week that the secretary failed to tell the facilities about an Oct. 17 deadline they must meet if employees intend to vouch for residents planning to register to vote at the polls.
The Independence Party candidate for Minnesota governor, Peter Hutchinson, says Gov. Tim Pawlenty is lying about Hutchinson's positions on issues. Pawlenty says Hutchinson wants a government-run health-care system. Hutchinson said that is not what he wants. Instead, the former school superintendent and state finance commissioner said, he wants dramatic cuts in bureaucratic costs and to entice Minnesotans to take better care of themselves.
ST. PAUL -- Mary Kiffmeyer says she has established an impressive eight-year record as Minnesota's top elections official, but her main opponent argues she has developed a less-flattering reputation. Kiffmeyer, a Republican seeking a third term as secretary of state, said she has dramatically improved the office since first elected in 1998. She cites the implementation of new election laws and addition of modern vote-counting equipment and she takes partial credit for an increase in voter turnout.
Allete Inc. will pay the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa roughly more than $4 million over the next 29 years for Minnesota Power's hydroelectric operations in the St. Louis River's watershed. Allete owns Minnesota Power. The effort to restore wild rice in the region is one of the projects that will benefit from the agreement.
ST. PAUL -- The candidates for Minnesota's top elections official each has his own strategy to sell the state's younger generation on the importance of casting a ballot. Increasing voter turnout among young adults is one of several issues separating the candidates running to be the next secretary of state. Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, a Republican, said a cornerstone issue of her eight years in office has been to increase civic participation among younger Minnesotans.
ST. PAUL -- Peter Hutchinson said if elected governor he would raise the gasoline tax. Mike Hatch doesn't intend to raise taxes if he becomes governor, but he stopped short of promising not to do so. And Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who signed a pledge to not raise taxes four years ago, said he still rejects calls for tax increases but won't commit to the same written pledge if re-elected. The three major-party candidates for governor gathered Friday at the Capitol to discuss taxes and other campaign issues in a discussion with reporters, editors and publishers of Forum Communications newspapers.