Duluth News Tribune
Here in Northeastern Minnesota, in response to other nations' illegal steel dumping, we can appreciate tariffs and other moves from the federal government that help us maintain our global competitiveness. But when it comes to the tariffs on Canadian newsprint announced last month by the U.S. Department of Commerce, we can do little more than shake our heads. These tariffs promise to be as business-cripplingly high as 32 percent on some newsprint, the paper used to make newspapers.
It's possible that taking state sales tax revenues from vehicle parts and car repairs and using them exclusively for fixing highways and bridges is a good idea. It might even be a great idea for Minnesota. But it's nowhere near a change-the-constitution idea. Nonetheless, Minnesota state Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, is proposing a question for the November ballot, asking whether specific sales tax revenues be dedicated for road repairs.
ST. PAUL—It's unprecedented, but look for the Minnesota Legislature to produce two bonding bills this year, one for all the shiny new buildings and projects that lawmakers can boast about at reelection time and another for what's really important: the routine maintenance no one finds exciting but has to be paid for, too, to responsibly care for our public amenities. "Let's fix the stuff we already have and don't make it compete with the new stuff," Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk said in pitching double bonding at a legislative breakfast Wednesday.
Here's one example: The state of Minnesota for decades required meetings of government bodies be held in public. Good, no governing in secret. But also bad, the Legislature exempted itself from the statute. So last legislative session, the News Tribune and others rallied behind a bill to subject the Legislature to the same Minnesota Data Practices Act requirements and open-meeting laws as all other elected officials in the state.
Three of the top executives at Essentia Health have left the health system. Jeff Korsmo, Tracy Miland and Bob Brigham "are no longer with Essentia Health, effective immediately," spokeswoman Maureen Talarico confirmed in an email. "We thank them for their service to Essentia Health and wish them the best as they move on to pursue other opportunities." She could not provide details because their departure was a personnel matter, Talarico wrote.
HILL CITY, Minn. -- A northeast Minn. school district closed school on Thursday, Feb. 22, in response to a threat against the school made on social media. The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office reported the threat was specifically made toward Hill City Schools and some students. The Sheriff’s Office, Hill City Police Department and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the threat.
Duluth Pack, the Twin Ports outfitter known for 125 years of handcrafted pack-making, paddled into choppy waters on social media Tuesday, when it posted what some viewers saw as a provocative photo to promote a new conceal-and-carry product. The post appeared on the company’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and showed a close-up of a handgun being withdrawn from a canvas satchel. https://www.instagram.com/p/Be25_qPHEhQ/" data-instgrm-version="8" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; b
Maybe starting all over is just what's needed, even if that's precisely what a state agency executive director warned against last week. And maybe her objections — after more than eight years of patience and toil, after tens of millions of dollars of cost overruns, and still without a computer system that actually works right for registering and licensing vehicles in Minnesota — are precisely why heads ought to be rolling now.
Andrew Carroll, the former Minnesota Duluth hockey captain who died on Monday, took his own life, according to the Chicago medical examiner’s office. “The cause of death is complications of multiple blunt force head injuries due to jump from height,” Becky Schlikerman of the Chicago Bureau of Administration wrote in an email. “The manner of death is suicide.”
Last week brought another reminder. Processes used for environmental and other reviews, in place to ensure that big corporations operate safely and in ways that don't harm the environment, can be effective. They can work. Just as they're intended to. The focus this time was Enbridge's Line 3 Replacement Project, an oil pipeline upgrade being planned across the width of northern Minnesota. Last week the controversial project wasn't just rubber-stamped by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission the way so many of its critics and skeptics suspected it might be.