06/23/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

Austin residents received an outpouring of help after its recent tornado — not only from fellow residents, but from a Nebraska singing group as well, writes Catherine Monson in the Austin Daily Herald. “The New Way Singers, a high school ensemble centered in Nebraska Christian College in Papillion, Neb., were planning to spend a free day of their Midwest tour in Austin when they heard about the recent tornado damage. Instead of going to the Spam Museum, they cleared debris from George Morris’s farm, where the tornado hit hardest,” the story says.

The St. Cloud Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will hold its annual fly-in pancake and sausage breakfast Sunday in conjunction with Granite City Days, reports Kari Petrie in the St. Cloud Times. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Cloud Regional Airport, and will feature displays of experimental and military aircraft. The breakfast costs $6 for adults and $4 for children.

The Gallagher Country School, now an exhibit at Farmamerica near Waseca, will be filled again during a reunion and open house on Aug. 16, writes Drew Amo in the Waseca County News. The school operated from the late 1870s until 1956.

Suzanne Rook writes in the Northfield News, “St. Olaf College’s new science building, the nearly 200,000 square-foot Regents Hall which opened in September 2008, helped the school win recognition for its energy efficiency, said Pete Sandberg, assistant vice president for facilities.” St. Olaf was named the state’s second most energy efficient business by Xcel Energy; the most energy efficient was Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, according to Xcel.

Iron Range writer Aaron J. Brown, author of the MinnesotaBrown blog, interviews state Sen. John Marty as part of his “semi-regular” interviews with candidates for governor.

May unemployment figures released Monday show little change in the number of people without jobs in St. Louis, Douglas and Carlton counties, reports Peter Passi in the Duluth News Tribune. New figures show that between April and May the unemployment rate for the Duluth-Superior metropolitan area slipped to 9.4 percent from 9.5 percent, the story says.

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