Giving farmers more access to Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land for forage -- a possible move to help ease drought pressure that came up again as Governor Tim Walz visited a farm in Douglas County in west-central Minnesota: "When we talk about CRP, which I'm a *huge* fan of -- our RIM (Reinvest in Minnesota) programs and all of that -- I also am a realist at times when we need to move some of that and to be able to help." Walz contends groups like the Nature Conservancy and Pheasants Forever "get it too" because it's "neighbor helping neighbor at [...]
Suni Lee of St. Paul is a gold medal winner. Lee took the top spot in the women's gymnastics all-around at the Tokyo Olympics. State Representative Kaohly Vang Her has known Suni's family for years and she was at the Lee family and friends viewing party in Oakdale when Lee won the Gold... "But when she stuck that landing in bars, we knew, you could tell in that space, we knew that something great was going to happen and we still kind of held back a bit and when that floor routine came up was electric we could not contain ourselves." [...]
The Senate is moving forward with a bipartisan infrastructure plan. U-S Senator Tina Smith says "This going to be about improving our roads and bridges, it's about transit, and making a huge investment in cleaning up drinking water and improving wastewater infrastructure and also broadband." Senators voted 67-to-32 to advance the bill Wednesday, with 17 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats. The vote sends the measure to a formal debate.
The State House Ethics Committee meets today (1pm) for a hearing stemming from Representative John Thompson calling Representative Eric Lucero a "racist" in a June floor debate. The meeting was delayed a week, but Lucero said last week... "John Thompson's slanderous and malicious comments served to impune my character and reputation. Such direct attempts by one member to intimidate another on the Minnesota House floor and level baseless attacks cannot be tolerated." Thompson last week asked for and received a continuance while he sought counsel to represent him in the hearing. Several high-profile Democrats, including Governor Tim Walz have called for [...]
The excitement is building for the Minnesota State Fair with less than a month to go. For Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation director Ruth Meirick says that excitement includes a chance to come together with farmers who know first hand how difficult the last year and a half has been. "For people to get together and be able to talk about something that’s completely different than what might be impacting them at a given moment on their farms is a great opportunity." Meirick says Minnesota farm families are resilient and optimistic, well suited to tackle whatever challenges are thrown their way.
President Biden will reportedly meet with top Democrats today to try and hammer out a voting rights bill. The New York Times quotes congressional aides who say Biden will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer to discuss a voting rights proposal that would pass with GOP senators. The White House has declined to comment on the report. On Thursday, Senator Amy Klobuchar confirmed that a small group of Democratic senators have been working on a scaled-back version of the bill.
(Bloomington, MN) -- Bloomington will be the host city in the United States' bid to host the 2027 World Expo. President Biden authorized Bloomington as the U.S. host city Thursday. A final vote on the 2027 host city is expected in November of 2022. The U.S. is hoping to host the World Expo for the first time since 1984 when it was in New Orleans.
(St. Paul, MN) -- A Saint Paul teenager is facing charges in connection with several shootings in Saint Cloud. Police say the 18-year-old was arrested with a stolen gun in Saint Cloud Thursday. The suspect hasn't been charged and is being held in the Stearns County Jail.
(Shakopee, MN) -- A man's arrested in connection with a headless body found along a road on the southwest side of the Twin Cities. Police say America Thayer was found stabbed to death near 4th Avenue and Spencer Street in Shakopee Wednesday afternoon. Police say Alexis Saborit was arrested just after the body was found on suspicion of second-degree murder. Police don't believe the crime was a random act.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Happy Sunisa Lee Day. Governor Tim Walz declared July 30th Sunisa Lee Day after the Saint Paul native won the gold medal in the women's individual all-around gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics. Lee is the first Hmong [[ MUNG ]] American to compete in the Olympics and the fifth-straight American to bring home gold in the women's all-around.