05/12/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

Plans were announced today to seek funding for a $325 million high-speed passenger and freight rail line around the south side of Rochester, reports Jeffrey Pieters in the Post-Bulletin. The story said, “The alignment, named the Southern Rail Corridor, was described as an important first step for Rochester to be included on a route linking Chicago and the Twin Cities with high-speed passenger trains.”

Neil Turner earned a college degree Monday night, but the 14-year-old doesn’t graduate from high school until later this month, reports Amy Dalrymple in the Worthington Daily Globe. She writes that Turner, of Ashby, “is believed to be the youngest to graduate from Minnesota State Community and Technical College.”

A mining operation could be returning to the Cuyuna Range,” writes Matt Erickson in the Brainerd Daily Dispatch. The story says Crow Wing Power will present the Emily City Council with a proposal for a manganese extraction operation between Ruth and Anna lakes.

A stroke of the governor’s mighty pen has given the green light to the proposed International Renewable Energy Technology Institute at Minnesota State University,” writes Robb Murray in the Mankato Free Press. According to John Frey, Minnesota State University’s director of business and industry partnership, the center will “will engage faculty and students in the testing of technology that relates to the combustible fuels area.”

When Luverne’s airport reopens this summer, the runway will be twice as long, and it will have hangar space for up to 24 aircraft,” writes Lori Ehde in the Rock County Star Herald. Some $3 million in improvements have been made to the site with federal, state and local funds.

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