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05/26/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

U.S. Rep. Colin Peterson said today in Moorhead that he doesn’t think a Red River diversion around Fargo-Moorhead on the Minnesota side of the river is realistic, reports Mike Nowatzki of the Fargo/Moorhead Inforum. The story said, “Peterson’s comment came after a retired farmer raised concerns about the diversion plan.”

Veruschka and Zelda Xox plan to launch their 12-foot-by-20-foot houseboat-raft in Minneapolis for a run to New Orleans, reports Molly Miron in the Bemidji Pioneer. They’ve set up a boatyard in the driveway of Al and Cate Belleveau’s home north of Bemidji, where they began construction about a month ago, the story says.

Now that funding has been allocated, construction on the $260 million NOvA laboratory near Ash River is scheduled to begin by June 1, writes Marshall Helmberger in the Ely/Tower/Cook Timberjay. The report says that once a road is built to the laboratory building site, “crews from Hoover Construction will begin blasting to carve out the chamber that will eventually house the neutrino detector.”

A Hastings High School math teacher certainly knows how to keep a secret,” writes Bonnie St. James in the Hastings Star Gazette. She explains that Tom Fritze ‘won’ $220,000 Monday on the prime-time TV show “Deal or No Deal.” “Actually, he won the money last August, but he signed an 18-page confidentiality agreement and couldn’t tell anyone about the show and the amount he won until the show aired.”

By all accounts, Minnesota crop farmers are having a good spring,” reports Kay Fate in the Kenyon Leader. She quotes David Isaacson, owner of Isaacson Implement in Nerstrand, as saying, “We’re way ahead of areas around us: Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois.”

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