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ST. PAUL -- Veteran Rep.
This isn't the kind of reading, writing and arithmetic teachers usually have in mind. A 39-year-old Eagan man and a 20-year-old Bloomington man were charged Tuesday after reportedly hand delivering blackmail letters to 22 individuals, including several teacher in Independent School District 196. Eagan resident Eric Leroy Syverson was arrested Saturday. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
About 50 Hastings-based soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard will soon be returning to Iraq for their second deployment in four years. The soldiers are part of Charlie Company of the 834th Aviation Support Battalion of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade. They'll be leaving near the end of May for an approximately year-long tour, Shane Hudella, a spokesman for the National Guard said. A farewell sendoff for the soldiers is planned for 1 p.m., Sunday, May 4, in the gym at Hastings High School.
ST. PAUL -- Farm-minded state lawmakers say they are looking to improve Minnesota agriculture's future - and the environment -- by pushing legislation helping livestock producers and farmers who grow crops used to make biofuels. Those are two provisions in a package of agriculture and military veterans' proposals moving through the Legislature. The catch-all policy bills also address bovine tuberculosis, veterans' cemeteries, concerns about agricultural and forest land development and even animal chiropractors.
ST. PAUL -- Many Minnesotans living far from St. Paul are able to watch the daily doings at the state Capitol and other Minnesota programming - by tuning into their local public television station. That is because each of the six public television stations serving the state began airing The Minnesota Channel in February, digital programming providing transmissions of the Minnesota Legislature when it is in session, and television shows about regional topics and issues. "This is really an exciting thing," said Bill Hanley, Twin Cities Public Television executive vice president.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota law has required schools to provide education on AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases since 1988, but some lawmakers believe schools need to do more. Legislation sponsored by Rep. Neva Walker, DFL- Minneapolis, and Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, would provide age-appropriate, medically accurate education for students in grades 7 through 12. The bill calls for sex education that promotes abstinence and provides information about contraception.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty personally delivered the gratitude of state residents to Minnesota National Guard members on a peace-keeping mission to Kosovo. Pawlenty, speaking to Minnesota reporters via telephone Saturday from Kosovo, said that he and other top state officials "do these trips somewhat regularly ... to remind the troops we're still with them, that we're thinking of them, and observe and explore their mission to determine whether there's additional ways we can be helpful or supportive as public policy leaders." Pawlenty said he and Minnesota National Guard Adj. Gen.
WILLMAR -- Halfway through a new four-month, intensive lifestyle-counseling program to reduce their risk of getting type 2 diabetes, the 12 participants have lost a collective 128 pounds. One person has managed to halve the amount of blood pressure medication he needs. Someone else has started taking walks during the work day. Most of all, they've benefited from the support of being in a group, said Kara Ellwood, health enhancement coordinator at the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA. "They feel a lot from the group atmosphere. That's what they keep saying over and over," she said.
More Minnesotans have filed their income taxes before Tuesday's deadline than last year. The incentive of being in the "first wave" of recipients for the federal economic stimulus payment may be one reason why there's been a 7.4 percent increase in early returns, said Carrie Resch, media spokeswoman for the IRS office in St. Paul Those who have their tax returns filed and processed by Tuesday will get their rebate checks from May 2 to 16. Returns that are processed after Tuesday will get their rebate checks between May 16 and July 11.
A Republican known as a fierce partisan when in the House earned praise from Senate Democrats Monday, giving every indication full Senate approval is likely as Gov. Tim Pawlenty's labor and industry commissioner. "I'm one who is personally satisfied with the job you have done," Senate President James Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, told Steve Sviggum. The former House speaker, a Kenyon Republican, earned voice vote approval by Metzen's Business, Industry and Jobs Committee. "There were some people going in afraid that there could be some partisanship," Metzen told Sviggum.