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A 10-cent hike in Minnesota's gasoline tax would cost an average rural Minnesotan about $60 a year. Not doing anything could cost $400 a year -- $200 in car maintenance and $200 in higher property taxes. So Minnesotans actually would save money with a higher gas tax, proffers a new report by Minnesota 2020, a progressive non-profit think tank in St. Paul. "There's no question that for northern Minnesota, we need additional investment in transportation," Matt Entenza, Minnesota 2020 founder and board chairman, said Wednesday.
Sure, I know. Noel Coward is a superficial fop. But he's a superb superficial fop. So when "The Letters of Noel Coward," Barry Day, ed. (Knopf, $37.50) arrived in the mail, I dove right into the correspondence to and from the guy who wrote about mad dogs and Englishman going out in the noonday sun. The collection is voluminous, with letters to and from George Bernard Shaw, T.E.
Becker County Deputy Tim Haverkamp, 43, of rural Detroit Lakes has been charged with two gross misdemeanor hunting offenses -- transporting illegal big game and taking or possessing big game out of season. The charges follow a Department of Natural Resources investigation that was launched in October of 2006. It began on Oct. 14, when conservation officer Al Peterson was called out to a residence southeast of Ponsford, close to Highway 225, where a headless white tail buck was found. The large buck had a bullet hole in its neck. It was not tagged with a license of any kind.
ST. PAUL - Sonia Pitt become a familiar name as Minnesotans heard allegations that she bilked $26,000 as Minnesota Department of Transportation emergency manager, but few know much about her office. The small office Pitt directed until she was fired last month was not well known to taxpayers, legislators and even MnDOT officials. Pitt's controversy brought into public view an office that plans MnDOT's response to disasters. That includes flooding, disease outbreaks and other events such as the Aug. 1 Minneapolis bridge collapse.
A state senator representing thousands of Minnesotans who were flooded earlier this year wants Gov. Tim Pawlenty to help. "I am asking the governor do what he can to strip away the red tape," Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, said. "It is Christmas season, so I would simply ask that he do what he can." But the first-year senator was not so kind in everything she said. "I wish he would show concern about our families who fall through the cracks, our farmers who have not gotten any help, who have thousands and thousands of dollars of fence line washed down the creek," she said.
An 18-year-old Oak Park Heights woman was treated at Lakeview Hospital Sunday afternoon after she apparently pushed through window at her apartment on the 14800 block of North 60th Street. According to Oak Park Heights Police, the woman had been involved in an altercation with a 20-year-old St. Paul man, at the time of her injuries, which consisted of large, bleeding cuts to her left arm and right shoulder.
Minnesota bridge inspections since late July resulted in 15 "critical findings," such as cracks and corrosion. As a result, five bridges were closed - one temporarily - while other bridges have been fixed or have repairs pending. A sixth bridge closure is planned. The bridges are on: -- Highway 11 at Red River in Kittson County. Beam cracks at welds. Bridge temporarily closed for repair. -- U.S. 10 in Morrison County. Beam cracks at weld. Repaired. -- Highway 68 at Pike River in St. Louis County. Section loss of bottom chord increased. Bridge load rating lowered.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Transportation missed a self-imposed deadline to inspect all state bridges, but inspection officials say they will finish their work by next week. Inspectors from MnDOT and a private firm have finished inspecting most state-owned bridges in rural Minnesota. The remaining bridges to be inspected in the coming days generally are in the Twin Cities area, said Duane Hill, MnDOT's statewide bridge inspection program coordinator. MnDOT officials set a Dec. 1 deadline to inspect all state bridges. "We were really close to being done by Dec.
A woman who was raped at WE Fest has filed a civil suit in Becker County District Court seeking more than $300,000 in damages. The suit was filed Dec. 10 against Festivals and Concert Events (FACE), which puts on WE Fest. The suit was also filed against Security Specialists, which apparently provided security for the 2006 festival at which the rape occurred. The suit follows a criminal case: Eric Joseph Fanning, 45, of St. Cloud was sentenced to 10 years in prison Jan. 12 for raping the 22-year-old Stearns County woman who filed the civil suit. Her name was not disclosed in court papers.
Although his bank account has bulged, Red Wing's recent lottery winner says he doesn't see much change in his future. Jerome Cody, the Hot Lotto winner of $4.466 million, said at a news conference Monday that he and his wife, Jane, have no plans as of yet on how to spend their millions. "Hopefully, everything falls into place," Cody said. As this happens, however, he said he and his wife aren't likely to get caught up by the fact they are now millionaires. "We're basically everyday, normal people," Cody said.