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01/13/09: Minnesota news from other media

An investigation regarding alleged water-quality violations at the Corn Plus ethanol plant in Winnebago has reached the federal level, reports Tony Acosta of the Faribault County Register.  The allegations result from complaints from local residents about milky, odorous wastewater leaking into a ditch leading to Rice Lake.

Jana Hollingsworth of the Duluth News Tribune writes that the FCC has approved a new radio station for the Fond du Lac Reservation.  The station will be the second Minnesota American Indian radio station to receive the FCC’s approval.

The state of Minnesota is set to begin auctioning off tens of thousands of acres of mineral leases near Ely and Tower this week, writes Marshall Helmberger of the Timberjay.  Critics worry that the auctions could be a big blow to an already suffering real-estate market.

Mower County Board members have been criticized by Gov. Tim Pawlenty for giving themselves and other county employees pay raises, reports Tim Ruzek of the Rochester Post-Bulletin.  
 
Mankato libraries are attributing drastic traffic increases to the recession, writes Robb Murray of the Mankato Free Press. People are checking out videos, using the Internet and discovering other library services in large numbers.

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