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ST. PAUL - The Democrat-controlled Legislature could today send Gov.
People who rent their lakefront homes may be adversely affecting resorts, which already face hardships to keep their cabins open, says Assistant House Majority Leader Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji. The state's tourism agency, Minnesota Tourism, will study the impact that private lakefront home rentals have on the resort industry under a bill authored by Moe that is now on Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk after the House passed it Wednesday night.
ST. PAUL - Cue the music for the latest end-of-session budget dance. With less than three weeks left in the 2008 legislative session, Gov.
As a big Helen Mirren fan, I dove into her new memoir like a bobbysoxer and her new copy of Photoplay. Mirren's "Helen Mirren: In the Frame" (Atria Books, $35) is a joy in both its narrative and graphics. In fact, it reminds me more of a personal photo album than a standard autobiography, which usually separates text from the ubiquitous glossy pages full of tiny photos. Mirren's book, on the other hand, begins with photos from her family's past in Russia, where her aristocratic grandfather was an emissary for Czar Nicholas II.
MINNEAPOLIS - Military veterans living in rural areas need more access to federal medical services, Minnesota veterans told the most influential member of Congress. Veterans gathered for a discussion Monday with U.S.
Lawmakers decided Monday that brokers should not be able to use special computer software to buy event tickets on the Internet before the general public has access. The House voted 120-11 for a bill to prohibit the use or sale of computer software that allows brokers to interfere with Web-based ticket operations. The legislation is known as the "Hannah Montana bill" because brokers used software to buy many tickets to the Disney star's Minneapolis concert and then resold them at much higher rates. "That is wrong, that is the 21st century version of bullying," said bill sponsor Rep.
MINNEAPOLIS - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went from visiting Minnesota military veterans Monday to helping U.S. Rep. Tim Walz try to become a veteran of at least two successful elections. The influential San Francisco Democrat visited a veterans' medical center in Minneapolis at Walz's invitation. She then attended a 250-person fund-raiser for Walz, a freshman congressman from southern Minnesota's 1st Congressional District. Walz's 2006 election was among House Democrats' biggest victories. In his first bid for elective office, Walz ousted long-time GOP Rep.
ST. PAUL - State lawmakers want to spend more than $6 million to thwart the spread of bovine tuberculosis in northwestern Minnesota before it further threatens Minnesota's cattle industry. Legislators familiar with the issue say they are working closely with the Pawlenty administration and believe there will be agreement to fund bovine TB measures despite larger looming budget fights at the Capitol. "I feel confident that the governor and Legislature actually are on the same page in solving this problem," said DFL Rep.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a supporter of last year's smoking ban law, remains undecided about whether to support smoking shacks. "I don't know," the Republican governor said Thursday on WDAY radio in Fargo-Moorhead. "I would have to look at it." Minnesota representatives a week ago voted to allow bars and restaurants to build what Rep. Bud Heidgerken, R-Freeport, called smoking shacks. They would be small structures away from the main business where smokers could go, but no food, drinks or employees would be allowed.
If a bill arrives on Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk that eliminates the Job Opportunity Building Zones program, it faces a veto. The governor said that Thursday on "Hot Talk," on WDAY radio in Fargo-Moorhead. House and Senate proposals would end future enrollments in the rural economic development program that allows some new and expanding businesses to avoid most state taxes. Pawlenty, who proposed JOBZ, defended helping only rural communities. "There are some communities in Minnesota in need of extra help," he said.