05/25/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

“The southeastern Minnesota jobless rate plummeted to 6.6 percent in April, the lowest level in 16 months, according to the latest numbers released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development,” Mike Klein reports in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. “The rate was 7.5 percent in March and 8.4 percent a year ago in the 11-county area. The Minnesota jobless rate was 7 percent, and the nationwide rate was 9.5 percent.”

The black bear cub who was watched by millions when a video camera recorded its birth near Ely is “missing and is feared dead,” reports John Myers in the Duluth News Tribune. Hope, the cub of Lily, was viewed through a camera set up by researchers Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield. Rogers is quoted in the story: “We don’t know what happened. … Lily spent the spring in very small areas, maybe 50 to 100 yards in diameter. It was hard to believe she was getting enough food. … But she finally left, we think to find better food, and took Hope two miles away,” Rogers said. “The last time we saw Lily and Hope together, about 6 p.m. Friday, they were both up a tree sleeping after the long walk.”

A new hiking/biking trail is likely coming this fall to North Mankato and Nicollet County, reports Mark Fischenich in the Mankato Free Press. “The planned trail would run from upper North Mankato’s northwest side, along Rockford Road (County Road 41) for nearly 1.5 miles down to the Judson Bottom Road,” he writes. “From there, it would connect to the county’s Minnemishinona Falls park and lead onto a bridge over the gorge where the 42-foot waterfall takes its plunge.”

The Moorhead City Council rejected a domestic partnership registry Monday night in a 5-3 vote, Dave Olson reports in the Fargo-Moorhead Inforum. The article says, “Under the ordinance, the city would have provided those who register with a certificate and a record of the application would be kept on file, something backers of a registry say makes it easier for individuals to receive employment benefits from companies that offer benefits to domestic partners.”

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