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A Bemidji couple whose stillborn fetus was lost by North Country Regional Hospital will get another day in court to seek damages. The Minnesota Court of Appeals, in an unpublished opinion released Tuesday, disagreed somewhat with Beltrami County District Judge Paul Benshoof's handling of the case, but agreed with him in ordering a new trial to determine financial damages owed to David and Amber Gooch of Bemidji. On Jan. 28, 2003, doctors at the hospital induced labor of Amber Gooch, then 35, after determining her 20-week-old fetus was dead in her womb.
The summer construction season in Minnesota got its kickoff Wednesday with officials announcing a $1.5 billion program with 170 new or continuing road projects. The list includes $5.9 million in Bemidji-area projects as part of the state Department of Transportation's summer construction. "Each project is an investment in traffic safety, congestion relief and support for the state's economy," Lt. Gov.
ST. PAUL - With a sea of Bemidjians wearing red-and-black plaid sweaters knocking on doors, the Minnesota Legislature knows what Bemidji wants in state bonding this year. "Go BSU!" House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, shouted as he spoke to about 80 Bemidji people who bused down to St.
ST. PAUL - A regional events center would make Bemidji a full-service regional center, Mayor Richard Lehmann testified here Tuesday before the House Capital Investment Committee. The panel was called by Chairman Dan Dorman, R-Albert Lea, basically to draw testimony on state bonding projects left out of the DFL-controlled Senate bonding bill approved last week.
Cass County is one step closer to having its own hospital after a Minnesota House panel approved a bill last week calling for such a facility. The House Health Policy and Finance Committee voted for Rep. Larry Howes' bill to provide an exception to the state's hospital construction moratorium for a facility in Cass County. "Cass County has worked for many years on having a hospital," Howes, R-Walker, said in a statement.
Budget woes is causing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close a number of Mississippi River camp areas, including Lake Winnibigoshish and Federal Dam. "These sites are being closed because of reduced funding levels this year," Mark Davidson, Corps' St. Paul District public affairs officer, said earlier this month. "These sites should open up for the 2007 recreation season because the president's 2007 budget, at this time, does provide funding to operate at normal levels of service." The move caused state Rep.
About 90 Bemidji "lobbyists" will converge Tuesday on St. Paul to talk to lawmakers about a regional events center, trails and higher education facilities. "It's a pilgrimage," says Rep. Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji, who carries the bills in the Minnesota House. "These community leaders are a very intelligent group of people who are going down for our projects and to advocate for Bemidji." Two buses will roll out of the lakefront Tourist Information Center at 5:30 a.m. sharp, says Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lori Paris. The early risers will be treated to Dunn Bros.
The arrival of spring this week should signal warmer weather for Minnesotans, but new federal home heating funds will help pay the bills of the cold past. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department on Thursday released $1 billion in additional aid under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, after approval by President Bush. It means an additional $29.1 million for Minnesota, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Thursday. The HHS funds for Minnesota are part of an additional $1 billion that was approved by Congress and signed by President Bush this week, the Republican governor said.
Increasing pressure on Beltrami County's natural assets is prompting commissioners to put in place a citizen's committee to make multi-use recreation recommendations. "Certainly, we will protect the public's assets," County Board Chairman Joe Vene said Tuesday during the board's work session as commissioners discussed the creation of a Recreation Resource Advisory Council. Bob Milne, County Natural Resources Management Department director, presented draft bylaws for the panel, with commissioners expected to take formal action to create the committee at its April 4 meeting, with public input
Running up debts on someone else's credit card or using someone's driver's license number to create a new identity has never been easier, and Attorney General Mike Hatch wants to close the floodgates in Minnesota. Hatch is working with a half dozen DFL lawmakers to craft various bills under a consumer privacy protection package with the goal of preventing identity theft.