03/31/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

Officials in the Red River Valley have been warned of yet another threat on the horizon: a second crest in two weeks that could send the Red River back to 40 feet, writes Dave Olson in the Fargo-Moorhead Inforum. “The National Weather Service said there is a good possibility the river will hit 37 feet in mid-April and a remote chance the Red could go to 40 feet or higher.”

Delegates at the White Earth Reservation’s constitutional convention in Mahnomen this week will consider the most drastic changes in the reservation’s governance since 1934, writes Jason Adkins in the Bemidji Pioneer. One of the main issues is a proposed separation of power between the judiciary and the tribal council.

The city of Red Wing wants to participate in state regulatory hearings to decide whether Xcel Energy will be allowed to store more nuclear waste at the Prairie Island nuclear plant, writes Jon Swedien in the Republican Eagle.

While there’s a lot of doom and gloom when it comes to economic news, writes Sue Dieter in the Morris Sun Tribune, “ag economist David Kohl told a crowd in Morris that there will also be more opportunity, especially in agriculture, in the next 10 years than there has been in the past 30.”

The Mower County Jail and Justice Center project will stimulate the Austin, Minn., economy the way no other economic-stimulus package could, writes Lee Bonorden in the Austin Daily Herald. “Fully 51 percent of the contracts awarded went to local contractors,” the report says.

Clinton Falls Farm, a certified organic CSA farm, and O-Wata-Farm have partnered to add O-Wata’s organic eggs to the produce and flowers offered to share buyers of Clinton Falls Farm, writes Wendy Reuer in the Owatonna People’s Press. Summer shares will be available until the end of April.

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