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ST. PAUL - A leading conservative group is denouncing what it says are efforts to intimidate churches that want to discuss how political candidates stand on issues important to their congregants. Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council, said Thursday that churches can discuss candidates' positions, and pastors can make personal endorsements without threatening the church's tax-exempt status. However, he said the federal Internal Revenue Service this fall has increased its monitoring of churches on this issue, which could stifle free speech.
Federal spending on Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat would double under a bill that passed the U.S. House late Wednesday and was expected to pass the Senate late Thursday. The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2006 includes a $16 million annual appropriation under a bipartisan compromise in Washington. The Senate had authorized $20 million for the program, but the House had stalled at the previous $8 million allocation. Earlier this week it wasn't clear what, if any, amount would pass.
ST. Paul -- The Republican Party will hold its 2008 presidential convention in the Twin Cities but the entire state will reap the benefits, officials said Wednesday in announcing the first national political convention to Minnesota in more than a century. The convention will be centered in St. Paul and Minneapolis, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty and others said all of Minnesota will come out ahead because of the international exposure.
MINNEAPOLIS - The three major-party candidates for Minnesota governor spelled out differing visions of leadership Wednesday during a debate that generated little new information on other issues. The governor should be hopeful, have the "emotional maturity" needed when making tough decisions and work constructively to solve problems, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said. A leader must "cast a vision for the future direction of their state," he said.
A tiny creature rarely seen by most northern Minnesota residents is showing up in local lakes this year, probably because of high water temperatures and low water levels. Freshwater jellyfish have been reported in a few area lakes in recent weeks, with samples taken from at least two lakes. While they have been around for years, most people have never seen one because they spend most of their lives as underwater polyps that live on or near lake bottoms.
A familiar sound has been noticeably absent on Duluth's waterfront. The port's old diaphone foghorn has not issued a single bellow all season. And on Tuesday, members of TOOT, the nonprofit group that owns the horn, began dismantling the massive brass, steel and iron beast. Eric Ringsred, one of TOOT's founders, blames the city and the U.S. Coast Guard for the foghorn's demise. ``We're removing it because of a total lack of commitment,' he said.
PIPESTONE -- Cattle producers from across southwest Minnesota are being asked to help the state regain its tuberculosis-free status. On Monday, officials from the state Board of Animal Health (BAH), U.S. Department of Agriculture and a local veterinarian were on hand in Pipestone to explain the process of a statewide testing campaign to start this fall. Minnesota lost its 1971-issued TB-free status on July 12, 2005, after a beef herd in Roseau County tested positive for bovine TB infection.
WORTHINGTON -- Now that Republican attorney general hopeful Jeff Johnson has survived the primaries, he's visiting communities to spread his political message -- one that involves keeping children safe, with emphasis on fighting methamphetamine and sexual predators. He is promoting tracking released Level II and III predatory sex offenders by utilizing the Global Positioning System (GPS), something used with varying degrees of success in almost half of the states in the United States. His plan uses the technology of GPS and involves offenders on supervised release wearing an ankle bracelet a
An ex-University of Minnesota Duluth men's hockey player pleaded guilty Monday morning to sexually assaulting a female UMD student at her home. St. Louis County prosecutors agreed to drop two more serious sexual assault charges against Blair Noel LeFebvre, 23, of Prince George, B.C.
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