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The U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Thursday passed legislation to expand trade with Cuba. The bill will increase jobs and greatly expand trade of U.S. agriculture products with Cuba, says U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-7th District, chairman of the committee. The Travel Reform and Export Enhancement Act conference report passed the panel by a 25-20 vote.
Republicans will use the Fourth of July holiday to hold two rallies in Bemidji. GOP-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, a state representative from Delano, will headline a Thursday night rally at the Beltrami County Courthouse lawn. As part of Emmer's statewide "Freedom and Prosperity" three-day bus tour, he and all Republican constitutional officers running for office this fall will arrive at 8:15 p.m.
Starting June 1, some 1,000 Beltrami County indigent residents have had to find their health care in the Twin Cities. "We hope these people don't fall through the cracks while the state determines what is best for them," Commissioner Joe Vene said earlier this month when county health and human services staff gave commissioners a briefing on the new program. "These are perhaps the most vulnerable among us," Vene said. The state, under a new program enacted by the 2010 Legislature and pushed by Gov.
Research and development continues into clean-coal technologies for future power plants, say industry officials. Meanwhile, as environmental movements have stalled new coal plant construction, utilities will depend during the next 10 years more on natural gas-fired peaking plants, such as the second one planned at Solway, and wind generation. "There has to be something for baseload generation - 24-hour power," says Steve Van Dyke, spokesman for Partners for Affordable Energy, an industry coalition that supports the use of coal for energy production. About 50 percent of the nation's electric
Apparently individuals diagnosed with mental health problems will have to drive themselves to a treatment facility. Beltrami County Attorney Tim Faver told county commissioners Tuesday that it was his opinion that the county is not responsible for transporting patients diagnosed with mental health problems at North Country Regional Hospital to treatment facilities in Bemidji or elsewhere. By state statute, the County Board of Commissioners doubles as the County Board of Health. "I can find nothing that the Board of Health is responsible for mental health transports," Faver said.
Candidates need to describe how they will solve a $5.4 billion state budget deficit -- hopefully without raising property taxes by cutting state aid to cities, says the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. "The candidates for governor now have to come clean," Tim Flaherty, lobbyist for CGMC, said Monday in a briefing. "If you're one who wants to eliminate it (Local Government Aid), then we want to show the impact to the community - less public safety, more cuts in services and much higher property taxes." State aid to cities, or Local Government Aid, has been cut each budget year by Rep.
More than 70 anti-Castro leaders say they support legislation by U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-7th Dsitrict, to open Cuba to trade and travel. Peterson, chairman of the U.S.
Tim Olson believes in smaller government, cutting taxes and letting competition in the marketplace determine health care reform, yet he's not campaigning as a Republican. "I'm as conservative as you can get," says Olson of Buhl, the Independence Party-endorsed candidate seeking to oust long-time U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, DFL-8th District. The biggest difference between Olson and Republican-endorsed candidate Chip Cravaack is "we are not held to the special interests," Olson said this week in an interview.
A final decision on whether two Warriors for Justice candidates may gain access to the Nov. 2 ballot will run its full course. Beltrami County Auditor-Treasurer Kay Mack said Monday that on advise of the Secretary of State's Office, she will take the full 10 days as prescribed by law to decide on the Warriors for Justice case. She had said last week that a decision would be made on Monday. Nicole Beaulieu and Greg Paquin had hoped to start a new political party, Warriors for Justice, and run under that banner on Nov. 2. Beaulieu seeks the House 4A seat held by Rep.
Liability caps on oil drilling accidents need to be eliminated and increased safety measures put in place, says U.S. Rep.