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Biodiesel would be used more under a bill authored by Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar. His bill would require the soybean-based fuel to be used in increasingly large percentages until biodiesel is 20 percent of diesel fuel in 2015. The state now requires 2 percent of diesel to be the plant-based fuel. The proposal passed a House committee and waits Senate committee action. Juhnke said he is working with industries that would be affected by the change to ensure broad support for the proposal.
Last week's icy roads could have used a little help from the latest in road surface overlay. SafeLane technology gives roads better friction and traction - and hopefully reduces accidents. Acting like a sponge that stores anti-icing chemicals, SafeLane technology gives roads better friction and traction during wintry, icy conditions. The Interstate 94 railroad bridge just east of the Highway 29 interchange in Alexandria was recently paved with the rough overlay as a test site.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments on hunting regulations until 4:30 p.m. March 20. Proposals cover areas pertaining to deer registration; deer, bear elk and moose hunter selection; and deer, elk, wild turkey and prairie chicken area designation. "The majority of these temporary rules have been in effect for the past several hunting seasons," said Jason Abraham, DNR season setting specialist.
MONTEVIDEO -- Every high school benchwarmer dreams of having that one chance to get out on the field of play and match skills with the stars of their sport. Mark Kilibarda got it at age 39, thanks to reality TV. Kilibarda will be featured on a national cable television program known as "Pros vs. Joes.'' The Spike TV episode including Kilibarda will air at 10 p.m.
WANAMINGO, Minn. -- When Philip Deraas says he carves wood "in the Scandinavian tradition," he's not just talking about historic patterns and old-world pieces such as kubbestols and tine boxes and porridge buckets. Deraas also carves in the manner of his Norwegian ancestors, using wood chisels and working by hand to create one-of-a-kind furniture and sculptures. He doesn't sand and polish the surfaces, but allows the finished products to declare their individuality. At 87, Deraas is a relative newcomer to the art of wood carving, with only about 20 years of practice.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Gov. Tim Pawlenty praised Minnesota's agriculture and mining sectors and reiterated his opposition to tax hikes in a speech Wednesday that some lawmakers thought lacked a plan to address the state's lagging economy. Delivering his annual State of the State speech, Pawlenty told a St.
Good snow means Minnesota's 1,800-plus miles of grant-in-aid and state-operated cross-country ski trails are in great condition. "People are dusting off their skis and buying ski passes to take advantage of winter," said Andrew Korsberg, trail program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "We've seen an increase over last year in ski trail use as a result of good snow and trail conditions." State law requires skiers ages 16 and older to carry a pass before using grant-in-aid and state-operated cross-country ski trails.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Legislature's upcoming battle over transportation spending could lack a key element of most Capitol funding decisions: negotiations with the governor. After more than three years of failing to reach a deal on transportation funding with Gov. Tim Pawlenty and six months since the Minneapolis bridge collapse, top Democratic lawmakers say they will take a different route this year. The 2008 legislative session convenes Feb.
Presidential politics upstaged the Minnesota U.S. Senate race, but candidates want their supporters to attend precinct caucuses Tuesday so they can advance to future conventions. The more supporters at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention in June, the better chance a candidate has of being endorsed -- and the delegate selection process begins Tuesday night. Al Franken of Saturday Night Live fame and Mike Ciresi of Minnesota's big tobacco trial fame are the leading candidates, with Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer trailing in fund-raising. Perennial candidate Dick Franson also is in the race.
The walls of the Oak Park Heights maximum-security prison did not keep an inmate from playing a role in a child pornography crime, according to charges filed in Washington County District Court. Joseph Timothy Soltis, 46, was charged Nov. 20 with two counts of aiding and abetting use of minors in a sexual performance/pornographic work. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and $40,000 in fines. Soltis is currently serving a sentence for the choking death a 57-year-old Fridley woman in her basement.