07/07/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

The city of Bemidji has seen a 40 to 50 percent increase in the number of single-family homes converted to rental units since 2005, writes Bethany Wesley in the Bemidji Pioneer. She adds, “The City Council on Monday held the first reading of an ordinance that would put in place a moratorium for up to one year on all new rental registrations for single-family homes converted into rental properties.”

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is trying to curb the spreading gypsy moth population by laying out 27,000 detection traps around eastern Minnesota, reports Matt Nelson in the Hibbing Daily Tribune. The traps, he writes, “are an early warning system designed to inhibit the progression of gypsy moths across the state. If an infestation is confirmed, MDA officials may have to use a natural bacterium to wipe out the problem.”

Both the hog industry and dairy industry point to high feed costs as a reason for current economic struggles, Julie Buntjer reports in the Worthington Daily Globe. “On Thursday, the Southwest Minnesota Dairy Profit Team will host a meeting for the region’s dairy producers to brainstorm ideas to get through the financial woes without making dramatic impacts to their milking operations,” she writes.

The city of Rochester’s City Council approved a $1.4 million extension of the city’s skyway system on Monday, writes Jeffrey Pieters in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. The extension will lead from Holiday Inn Express about 200 feet south to City Centre, a new commercial development on South Broadway.

The crew of college girls who work at the Dairy Freeze in Fairmont each summer occasionally come up with a new concoction, writes Jenn Brookens in the Fairmont Sentinal. “But this summer, their additions of ‘pickle pops’ and ‘cherry chillers’ are helping them offset some of their college expenses.”

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