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08/04/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

An effort in Bemidji to temporarily prohibit new rental registration for single-family homes died Monday night as the Bemidji City Council voted 4-3 against the measure, reports Bethany Wesley in the Bemidji Pioneer.

The Rochester City Council heard plans about how urban-village design requirements might work in the city, Matt Russell reports in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. The story says the council needs to codify requirements, but that many plans are on hold until the University of Minnesota Rochester establishes its campus location downtown.

With an antique tractor pull, buggy rides, turtle races, a street dance, fireworks, and much more, this year’s Otter Fest celebration promises to be a delightful weekend,” writes Heidi Kratzke in the Perham Enterprise Bulletin. The celebration will begin on Friday, Aug. 7, with a demo derby at 7 p.m.

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved a preliminary permit application for two companies, Medin Renewable Energy and Sparks Energy, to build an 11-turbine, 10.84-megawatt wind farm in Greenvale Township, writes David Henke in the Northfield News.

Three and a half years in the making, Highwater Ethanol, LLC, of Lamberton received its first shipments of corn recently to begin full production,” reports Erik Posz in the Redwood Falls Gazette. Shortly after the grain is in place, the story says, “the new $110 million Fagen constructed facility is going online, kicking out an estimated 175,000 gallons of corn-based ethanol each day.”

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