It's too late to prevent what happened to Macy Kujava. For state Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, the coming weeks may represent the culmination of more than three years of work in the Legislature—working, that is, to pass a bill he believes will prevent scores of Minnesotans from suffering Macy's fate.
As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history approaches 30 days, the burden of many services crucial to society are heaped on the shoulders of public employees putting in shifts with nary a penny in sight. Roughly 800,000 government workers aren't getting paid—so long as lawmakers on Capitol Hill can't come to a compromise—and local entities aren't spared from the shutdown.
Executives' handling of the Emily manganese deposit took center stage during a Crow Wing Power Board of Directors meeting the morning of Thursday, Jan. 17—largely a tense back-and-forth exchange dominated by co-op attorney Paul Johnson and board member Bryan McCulloch.
As Crow Wing Power and its involvement with the Emily manganese deposit continues to progress, the public co-op is courting a potential partner in the mine. Little is known of MIAS, short for Mineral Investments and Services Group, its CEO Erasmus "Hank" Venter and whether the outfit has the expertise and financial wherewithal to bankroll a project that could take tens of millions to get off the ground.
As of today, a proposed manganese mine in Emily is at a standstill. Controversy, however, surrounds the mine, specifically when it comes to the millions in potential profits that could be reaped from it. Crow Wing Power purchased the Emily manganese deposit property in 2008. The CEO of Crow Wing Power said he doesn't have an agreement to profit off the Emily manganese mine. Two members of the board of directors are clashing with him on that count.
Capitol Hill is buzzing—ushering in a new Congress, with an ongoing government shutdown looming around legislative proceedings—and in the midst of this is Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Duluth, the 8th District's new freshman congressman. Stauber, 52, spoke to the Dispatch in a phone interview during a short respite in his schedule-packed days—his first days in the marbled halls of power of the U.S. House of Representatives and, for Stauber, his first opportunities to make good on his intentions to fix a broken federal government, as he iterated on the campaign trail.
BAXTER—It's double trouble in the Peterson home. 2019 dawns—another day, another year—and with it comes all the hopes and surprises, fears and expectations that every every new year brings. For the Petersons, it's an opportunity for the young family of five to continue grow—but, notably, it also presents an opportunity for Mark and Jessica Peterson to watch their two youngest sons grow and develop their own distinct traits, unique personalities that are just starting to emerge from the dimpled faces of twin boys identical in nearly every way.
There was so much blaze orange it looked like the second coming of rifle season because—as far as road construction was concerned—it was pretty much open season for projects during summer 2018.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for central and northeast Minnesota —signalling a fresh round of plummeting temperatures and snowfall to welcome in the new year. Carried by a westward-moving system forming in the Dakotas, the Brainerd lakes area is expected to see a 36-hour stretch of winter storms moving through—maybe not quite on par with the deluge of snow local residents saw during Christmas week, but still a significant mass on the raider, staffers at the NWS Duluth office told the Dispatch.
Sometimes the best things in life are its most simple pleasures. Take, for example, Lois Nystrom's Snickers salad—four to six green Granny Smith apples, firm and tart, chopped up with the peels left on and mixed in a bowl with thawed whipped topping (light topping, in her case, make sure to get the large container either way) Add a package of Snickers Fun Size candy bars chopped into thirds, stir it up, chill briefly or serve promptly. That's it. Easy peasy. Bon appetit.