04/21/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

“The controversial NorShor Experience strip club will close next month as the result of a deal between the city of Duluth and the owner of the historic building that houses it,” reports Brandon Stahl in the Duluth News-Tribune. The city announced Monday that it “has an agreement to buy the NorShor Theatre and the Temple Opera building next door for $2.6 million from Eric Ringsred. The city hopes to hand the theater over to the Duluth Playhouse, but several hurdles remain.”

Drew Amo reports in the Waseca County News that a new ordinance unanimously passed by the county’s board of commissioners will allow the use of ATVs on county road and highway right-of-ways. The article says, “Previously, the only roads ATV riders could travel on were township roads. This new ordinance will open up access to the shoulders of 67 county roads and county highways.”

A proposed ordinance that would establish a domestic partnership registry in Moorhead got a mixed reaction from City Council members Monday night, writes Dave Olson in the Fargo-Moorhead Inforum. “Several council members, including Luther Stueland and Mayor Mark Voxland, questioned why the city should be the entity to adopt a registry and not the county.”

The St. Cloud area’s unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent in March from 8.3 percent in February, Britt Johnsen reports in the St. Cloud Times. “The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development on Tuesday released jobless figures for Stearns and Benton counties,” the story says. “Data show more people entered the labor force in February, but there weren’t enough jobs to cover the increase. In February, 110,554 people sought jobs, but 101,345 were employed; and in March, 111,503 people looked for work and 101,933 had jobs, according to DEED.”

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