1/20/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

The proposed Lake Vermilion State Park, an idea once-thought dead, has new life, reports Marshall Helmberger in the Ely/Cook/Tower Timberjay. “Department of Natural Resources officials announced they have reached an agreement to pay $18 million for approximately 3,000 acres of land on Vermilion’s eastern shore from US Steel,” the article says.

More than $32,000 was raised and 110,000 meals were packaged between Thursday and Saturday by Kids Against Hunger to provide food to Haiti’s earthquake victims,” the Mankato Free Press reports. A shipment was headed to Haiti from Mankato on Monday.

Republican Lee Byberg, vice president of operations of Life Science Innovations, Inc. and a resident of Willmar will register to run for Collin Peterson’s 7th Congressional District seat, according to the West Central Tribune in Willmar.

Ice boaters in Duluth are finding the conditions – a little wind, a smooth surface, temperatures in the 20s – just right this week, reports Sam Cook in the Duluth News Tribune.

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