The Albert Lea City Council approved a resolution on Monday asking Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the Minnesota Legislature to refrain from further local government aid reductions to cities throughout the state, reports Sarah Stultz in the Albert Lea Tribune. “Under Pawlenty’s proposal,” the article says, “Albert Lea faces an additional $850,000 reduction to LGA in 2010 on top of a cut of about $780,000.”
On Monday, the Bemidji City Council upheld its decision from seven years ago to halt liquor sales at 1 a.m., deciding in a work session not to extend hours to 2 a.m., reports Bethany Wesley in the Bemidji Pioneer. She writes, “The council’s decision followed a presentation from Tom Hanson, the owner and founder of Zorbaz on the Lake, who last week told the council that he wants to build a new Zorbaz” in a south shore redevelopment project — but that he won’t do it without a 2 a.m. closing time.
Moorhead will start its 2010 flood fight March 1 with the opening of a sandbag-filling site on the north side of town, writes Dave Olson in Inforum. “With a goal of having 300,000 sandbags ready and waiting for a potential flood, the Moorhead City Council on Monday approved spending up to $550,000 out of city reserves to prepare for and battle a flood,” the story says.
“Northeastern Minnesota is the central battleground this year in the state’s war against tree-eating gypsy moths,” reports Steve Kuchera in the Duluth News Tribune. He quotes Minnesota Department of Agriculture spokesman Michael Schommer: “We’re seeing a big increase in the number of moths caught in our monitoring traps. That’s a concern. We are seeing an increase in the infestation in Minnesota, particularly in the northeastern corner of Minnesota.” In response, the article says, the state will treat more than 100,000 acres this year, compared to 71,500 acres in the area last year.