The future of Minnesota’s largest-ever industrial development is in the hands of three state Appeals Court judges, writes Don Davis in the Bemidji Pioneer. “Environmental groups want the judges to order state Department of Natural Resources officials to take a closer look at how Essar Steel Minnesota’s planned $1.65 billion taconite mine and steel plant would affect global warming,” he reports.
The Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) statistics show that more Otter Tail County residents were employed in May than at the start of the year, reports Lauren Radomski in the Fergus Falls Journal. The story says, “The county’s unemployment rate sat at 7.1 percent in May, down significantly from January’s figure of 10.4 percent.”
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will open the 2010 Minnesota Beethoven Festival in Winona, writes Terry Rindfleisch in the Winona Daily News. Next year’s festival will also include two concerts by the Minnesota Orchestra.
A Politics in the Pumpkin Patch event will be held Saturday, bringing to Austin 10 DFL gubernatorial candidates for 2010, reports Mike Rose in the Austin Daily Herald. “The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. on July 25. Candidates scheduled to attend so far are: state Sen. Tom Bakk, state Sen. John Marty, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, state Rep. Paul Thissen, state Rep. Tom Rukavina, former state Sen. Steve Kelley, former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner and former state Rep. Matt Entenza.”
Beginning Aug. 31, Northfield Lines will offer direct express bus service to and from the Twin Cities, reports Suzanne Rook in the Northfield News. Ticket sales for the Northfield Metro Express will begin begin Aug. 1 on the company’s website.