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10/13/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

ABC’s “Good Morning America” will broadcast live in Albert Lea for a third time Wednesday morning, reports Sarah Stultz in the Albert Lea Tribune. She writes that the airing will be at the Fountain Lake Park gazebo for a final segment on the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project.

A judge today ruled in favor of the city of Duluth and will allow the city to modify retirees’ health-care benefits,” Mark Stodghill writes in the Duluth News Tribune. State District Judge Kenneth Sandvik wrote in the opinion, “The plaintiffs’ health benefits are not fixed and governed by the plan in place on the dates of their retirements.”

Prescription drug abuse has hit the high school hallways in the Grand Rapids area, and local school leaders and law enforcement officials are coming together in a hurry to combat the problem, reports Marie Nitke in the Grand Rapids Herald-Review.

Some farmers have been forced to take creative approaches to harvest this fall as rain and then snow have kept farmers from a typical harvest season, reports Rae Kruger in the Marshall Independent. “We are about 30 percent done with soybeans,” said Kevin Bucholz, the manager of the Hendricks elevator. “No corn yet. The snow has definitely slowed it down.”

Lawmakers along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border are pressing governors of both states to reverse a tax-policy change that would be costly to interstate commuters, reports Mark Sommerhauser in the Winona Daily News. “Winona and La Crosse-area commuters would be hit especially hard by the change,” he writes, “made when Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty nixed a 41-year-old agreement with Wisconsin allowing those who live in one state and work in the other to file income-tax returns only in the state where they live.”

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