1/13/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

1/13/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

“Federal agents are investigating a rash of illegal wolf killings across northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where at least 16 wolves have been shot in recent months,” the Duluth News Tribune reports. “Two wolves were killed in Minnesota, eight in Wisconsin and six in Michigan,” the article says.

This winter marks the first time safety helmets for skiers and snowboarders have been made available at the Mount Kato Ski Area, reports Brian Ojanpa in the Mankato Free Press. He adds, “Mount Kato General Manager Jeff Putrah said the impetus for the rental offerings has been fueled nationally by media-driven safety concerns and, in Mount Kato’s case, the Boy Scouts of America.”

Five days before the state-imposed deadline, an agreement was reached on new contracts for teachers in the Owatonna school district, writes Melissa Kaelin in the Owatonna People’s Press. She reports, “The terms of the new contract will go into effect after they are approved by the Owatonna school board. Teachers in the Owatonna school district have been working without a contract since June 30, 2009.”

“Olmsted County Public Health is broadening and intensifying its war on obesity, driven by data that obesity is nearly as big a factor in causing cancer as smoking,” reports Matthew Stolle in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. He adds, “The effort will focus on policy and environmental changes in schools, hospitals and workplaces so it’s easier for people to live healthier lifestyles, said Jill Waters, a health educator for Olmsted County Public Health Services.”

“Winona County is one of the first to turn to wind as a form of alternative energy, and officials plan to begin work soon on two wind turbines that could produce considerable electric power – income for the county,” writes Elizabeth Baier in the Winona Daily News. The article says the Winona turbines could produce about 1.5 megawatts of energy, enough to power about 600 homes. “Officials also project that the turbines would generate about $1 million in revenue for the county and $3 million for a private investor.”

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