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05/19/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation has raised $1 million to get a $1 million matching Challenge Grant from the Bush Foundation, writes Candace Renalls in the Duluth News Tribune. The report says that with the help of the grants, “the foundation will move forward on paying for strategies to attract and keep young adults in the Twin Ports.”

Fargo’s City Commission approved a voluntary buyout program Monday in which it will pursue buying 51 flood-prone homes and two vacant lots to improve the city’s protection against future Red River flooding, Helmut Schmidt reports in the Fargo Forum. “The vote lets staff hire property appraisers and develop a priority list and funding plan,” the story says.

Stevens County will advertise for bids on its $15 million building and renovation plan, despite cautionary and sometimes angry responses from opponents to the jail portion of the project,” reports Tom Larson in the Morris Sun Tribune. The board of commissioners “voted 3-2 to seek bids for the project at a Tuesday morning meeting,” the report says.

According to a report by Kurt Hildebrandt in the St. Peter Herald, “When the Highway 169 project begins in June, detours will become a part of life for motorists traveling around and through St. Peter’s main thoroughfare.” The story said the St. Peter City Council approved a detour maintenance agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Monday.

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