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10/20/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

Fargo-Moorhead officials finally have plenty of options for flood control, reports Helmut Schmidt in the Fargo/Moorhead Inforum.“But it will test their ability to work together to quickly pick a plan by Dec. 1 that could determine the area’s safety for decades,” he writes.

With Rochester Public Utilities warning of possible blackouts and “devastating” effects on Rochester, the City Council passed an emergency resolution Monday to repair a key piece of electrical generating equipment, writes Matt Russell in the Post-Bulletin.

Nearly two-thirds of Minnesota’s soybean crop is still in the field, along with more than 95 percent of the corn crop, writes Julie Buntjer in the Worthington Daily Globe. She adds that “both crops are well behind the five-year average of 83 percent for soybeans and 31 percent for corn.”

John Myers reports in the Duluth News Tribune, “Minnesota’s forests can sustain logging 5.5 million cords of wood each year, about double the current harvest level, according to an analysis released Monday by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.”

“Unemployment eased up more on the Iron Range in September, reflecting, at least in part, start-ups by taconite mines after slowdowns or shutdowns during the spring,” reports Charles Ramsay in the Mesabi Daily News in Virginia.

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