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State officials say Minnesota is getting $144.5 million from the federal government to help low-income residents pay heating bills. The amount is nearly double what the state received last year. It's the state's share of the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The program helps low-income people pay their heating bills through grant money paid directly to the utility company on behalf of the customer. Individual grants will average about $500.
Bartender Leo Dressen of Red Wing is absolutely convinced he's healthier today because of Minnesota's Freedom to Breathe Act. The law, which took effect a year ago Oct.
ST. PAUL - The U.S. Senate candidates are sprinting toward Nov. 4, but it may be Minnesota voters who grow tired during the next eight weeks of hearing what they have been told for months. Fresh off primary victories, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken on Wednesday talked about debates and ramped up their campaigns, but returned to the same arguments that so far have framed the race. Meanwhile, ex-Sen. Dean Barkley found himself in the middle of it all after defeating six fellow Independence Party candidates in the Tuesday election.
to the farm test Tom Cherveny email@example.com BENSON -- Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord took 30 acres of good cropland and decided it's time to find out: Are productive conservation and bioenergy for real, or are they just the buzz words of the day? So far the quest for that answer has been "frustrating," Luverne Forbord acknowledged as he led a couple dozen visitors recently on the Prairie Horizons farm between Benson and Starbuck.
ST. PAUL -- An anti-war march at the Republican National Convention Monday drew fewer protesters than predicted, turned violent in clashes between police and some demonstrators who were arrested for damaging property and injuring police and delegates. Protester-police confrontations led to more than 160 arrests, but organizers of the Coalition to March on the RNC - which sought a police permit for the protest - said people taking part in their march had been told to protest peacefully and avoid criminal activity.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a new brochure that discusses changes that will affect the use of vehicles ranging from highway-licensed cars and trucks to all-terrain vehicles for hunting on public lands across the state. The brochures will be mailed to about 130,000 people who have a registered ATV in the state and also purchased a big-game hunting license last year. Brochures will also be available at the DNR Building at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Aug. 21-Sept.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota represented Republicans in a recent CNN segment about the oil drilling controversy. "This is the most perfect place on the planet to drill," she said of the controversial Alaska National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling proposal. She said the area "is totally frozen" for nine months a year and is small -- "it is the size of a postage stamp on a football field." However, she said that she would leave final drilling decisions to others. "What we need to be doing is all of the above." Countering Bachmann was U.S. Rep.
Here comes yet another book about Adolph Hitler. Hundreds have been written about the madman, scholars keep digging away to find even more about him. This one's called "Killing Hitler," by Roger Moorhouse (Bantam, $25). I've read tons of Hitleriana, but I must say Moorhouse has convinced me that I've still missed a great deal. Everyone's heard about the famous plot to kill Hitler during his trip to the Eastern Front, led by Claus von Stauffenberg.
WILLMAR -- Last week the last client was discharged from the adult mental health treatment facility on the campus of the former Willmar Regional Treatment Center, ending a nearly 100 year history in this community. On Friday, an open house will be held for a new 16-bed psychiatric hospital in Willmar with clients expected to start arriving Aug. 18. The transition from large regional treatment facilities to small community-based hospitals is the new trend in treating people with acute or chronic mental illness in Minnesota.
Lakeville resident Todd Bachman, whose family owns the Bachmann's chain of garden centers, has been identified as the victim of a fatal stabbing in Beijing, China. His wife, Barbara, a former member of the Dakota County Fair Board, reportedly was injured. In a statement on its Web page the United States Olympic Committee confirmed the couple was attacked Aug. 9 while visiting the Drum Tour tourist site in Beijing, near the Forbidden City. The single attacker reportedly then threw himself from the tower, apparently committing suicide. The Bachmans' son-in-law is a coach for the U.S.