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A bill that would accelerate the construction of a federal nuclear repository at a former nuclear testing site in Nevada experienced its first victory after passing a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee last weekend. The partner bill in the U.S. Senate, however, excluded funding for the project's completion.
A Brooklyn Park man will serve eight years in prison for his role in trafficking two women for commercial sex at a Woodbury hotel. A Washington County judge convicted Tyree Erik Jones, 23, of aiding and abetting the sex trafficking of an individual July 14. Jones pleaded guilty to two counts of the felony crime earlier this month.
A closed sign will greet motorists looking to renew their driver's license or vehicle title information at the Red Wing License Center Friday, July 21, through Monday, July 24. To spare customers a drive to out-of-town licensing centers, manager Michele Moskwa warns that offices throughout Minnesota will not offer full services due to a computer system replacement. "It's not just our office, it's the whole state," she said. "If my door has a sign on it, don't think they can go to Cannon Falls or Rochester."
Former Department of Defense official and Army veteran Dan Feehan announced his run for Minnesota's first congressional district July 11. The Red Wing native will join a pool of four candidates — three fellow Democrats and one Republican — hoping to secure votes for the state's southernmost district during the 2018 U.S. House race. Democrat Rep. Tim Walz, who currently represents the district, announced his candidacy for governor in March.
Should a citizen ever take the law into their own hands? Gunnar "Raven" Ravendal grapples with the question after his niece is murdered by sex traffickers in Prescott author Jerry Rice's premier novel "Raven Avenging." Set in the late 1970s, the story harkens back to the "Minnesota Pipeline," a crime phenomenon in which sex traffickers from the east coast would target the state's abundant population of blonde, blue-eyed women. Raven's niece, Kari, fit the description.
Rosemount High School teacher and head football coach Jeff Erdmann has announced his run for Minnesota's 2nd District. Erdmann will run as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Jason Lewis in the 2018 election. "I never thought I would be running for Congress," Erdmann said in his May 24 announcement. "After seeing the behavior of our politicians, especially Jason Lewis, I realized that if working Americans want proper representation, then working Americans like myself need to run for office."
Catherine Ullrich tended not to dwell on the past. Although Red Wing author and longtime friend Marcy Doyle described her as Red Wing's "veritable history book walking around," Ullrich's voracity for learning kept her up to date on the latest local and world news. "About the last thing she would say in a conversation was keep me informed," said Doyle, who was friends with Ullrich for nearly 60 years. "She never talked about the 'good old days' or the past, she was always interested in the now and the future."
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has cited a St. Paul steel recycling facility for more than 30 environmental regulation violations relating to water quality, hazardous waste and air quality. Gerdau Ameristeel, the Florida-based corporation cited this month, agreed to pay $110,000 in penalties and has corrected most violations.
FARMINGTON — U.S. Sen. Al Franken ranked dairy farmers' struggles among his top priorities for a new federal farm bill Franken, a Democrat, met Tuesday with Minnesota Farmers Union members from six southeastern Minnesota counties to discuss priorities for a new federal farm bill. The current bill, enacted in 2014, will expire next year.
ST. PAUL — Activists and a handful of Minnesota lawmakers say an amendment to a House energy and jobs bill would allow oil companies to sidestep public and environmental review of pipelines. House Energy Chairman Pat Garofalo said an amendment to his energy bill would allow Canadian oil company Enbridge to replace Line 3, a decades-old pipeline, under an agreement with the federal government.