05/05/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

The Beltrami County DWI Court is seeking funding from the Bemidji City Council because its three-year grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety ends Sept. 30, writes Bethany Wesley in the Bemidji Pioneer. The program, begun in 2007, is “specifically designed to tie together the resources of law enforcement, prosecution, probation and the judicial system,” the story says, adding that it has reduced recidivism from 64 to 14 percent.

“Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy says regenerative medicine — the science of growing tissue to replace damaged human organs — has been named a top priority for Mayo,” reports Jeff Hansel in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Noseworthy said regenerative medicine has been identified among the top four “major institutional directions” for the clinic, which is seeking research faculty in areas related to stem cell biology, the article says.

Meat market owner Bob Lau plans to expand his wine making hobby into a business on property near Lau’s Meat Market in Waseca, reports Ruth Ann Hager in the Waseca County News. The Waseca City Council unanimously approved a resolution granting Lau, who owns a vineyard in Blue Earth County, a permit to operate a winery in a Limited Business District.

Independent School District 196 (Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan) will not remove a series of graphic novels at least one parent found objectionable,” writes Nathan Hansen in the Rosemount Town Pages. The article says that a reconsideration review committee voted 10-1 last week to keep the Bone series of books in the district’s elementary school libraries. A parent had objected “to depictions of smoking, drinking, gambling and ‘sexual situations’ in the series,” the article says.

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