05/21/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

“Winona’s finances are in good shape, with a 2009 financial report showing property values rose, the city’s net assets increased and per-capita debt dropped,” Dustin Kass reports in the Winona Daily News. “The positive news was highlighted in the city’s annual financial report, presented Monday to the Winona City Council.”

Michael Jamnick, the former president of St. Cloud State University’s Student Government Association, announced Monday that he will run for St. Cloud City Council, writes Kari Petrie in the St. Cloud Times. The story says Jamnick, 24, “will run for Ward 2 seat that is held by council member Carolyn Garven. Garven has said she will not seek re-election.”

“Duluth city councilors want to weigh in on a deal to resolve Cirrus Aircraft’s debt to the Duluth Economic Development Authority,” reports Peter Passi in the Duluth News Tribune, adding, “But city staff may deny them the opportunity, even in light of a resolution passed last month to make the authority more answerable to the council.” The article says the development authority is expected to vote Wednesday “on a plan to release Cirrus from a 25-year lease of the former Northwest Airlines maintenance base and to turn $187,500 of debt into a five-year forgivable loan.”

Mankato Free Press Editor Joe Spear describes how the just-ended legislative session affects the average Mankato resident in his Editor’s Blog. Among his observations: “My guess is small schools, mostly in rural areas, are harder hit than bigger suburban schools just because small school enrollment is declining, reserves are tight and many may have to borrow to get through.”

“Rochester will extend a downtown smoke-free zone to include two blocks of West Center Street between the Kahler Grand Hotel, Methodist Hospital and the Gonda Building. And that may not be the end of it,” reports Jeffrey Pieters in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. He adds, “The council’s 6-0 vote Monday not only extended the existing smoke-free zone, which already includes the block of Second Avenue Southwest between Gonda and the Kahler, and the two-block pedestrian mall known as the Peace Plaza. The council also referred the matter to the Rochester Downtown Alliance to review whether the zone should be extended to more areas.”

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