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07/15/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

Opposition is mounting and emotions are running high on both sides of a proposed off-highway vehicle trail through the Schoolcraft State Game Refuge in northern Hubbard County, reports Sarah Smith in the Park Rapids Enterprise. A public comment period runs through Aug. 14.

Raking a few dead mayflies isn’t unusual at the McKinley Park Campground in Breitung Township, reports Jodi Summit in the Ely/Tower/Cook Timberjay. “But this year’s mess is reminiscent of a horror movie,” she writes, “one that required the use of a front end loader to haul it all away each morning. Campground manager Jerry Chiabotti figures the clean-up crew has raked and shoveled about thirty-five cubic yards of dead mayflies, equal to about three full gravel trucks.”

A USDA economic-stimulus loan available to the city of Pipestone inspired the City Council to take the first step in a 106-block overhaul of city streets on Monday, reports Debra Fitzgerald in the Pipestone County Star. The city hired Banner Associates, Inc. for $2,000 to prepare a feasibility report, the report says.

The man behind Winona’s Minnesota Beethoven Festival is Hugh Miller, the president and CEO of RTP Co., writes Terry Rindfleisch in the Winona Daily News. “The seed for the Beethoven festival began with his realization that the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and the Great River Shakespeare Festival brought something special to the Winona area,” the profile says.

According to Lawrence Schumacher in the St. Cloud Times, City Council members voted 5-1 this week to pass an animal-control ordinance that restricts the number of dogs per home to two, adds a maximum of four cats per home, and caps the overall number of animals allowed at four.

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