04/13/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

The Zumbrota City Council has approved a $4.25-a-month streetlight fee and a 75-cent-a-month storm water utility fee, reports Sandy Hadler in the Zumbrota News Record “The difficult decision was made after a public hearing and lengthy discussion about the 2010 budget and further proposed cuts in Local Government Aid (LGA) by the state,” Hadler writes.

John Myers reports in the Duluth News Tribune, “The fish-killing viral hemorrhagic septicemia disease has been found in a lake herring netted off the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reported today.” The story says, “It’s the third confirmed discovery of the virus in Lake Superior after announcements in January that fish from the Twin Ports harbor and near Whitefish Bay in Michigan had traces of the disease.”

The Austin Public School Board voted to end its K-5 Spanish language program, writes Rachel Drewelow in the Austin Daily Herald. The story says “The board passed the cut with the 2010-2011 integration budget that calls instead for funding to narrow the achievement gap between white and non-white students by beefing up after-school programming and student support.”

The Bemidji City Council restored $18,000 to the parks budget on Monday, reports Bethany Wesley in the Bemidji Pioneer. The funds will come from liquor store profits, she writes. “Liquor store proceeds, ranging from about $180,000 to $200,000 a year, had been used in the past to supplement road improvements. But about 18 months ago, the council opted to instead sell bonds” to help pay for road work.

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