06/15/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

The Sauk Rapids City Council voted Monday to sell its City Hall property, reports TaLeiza Calloway in the St. Cloud Times. City officials had earlier approved a purchase agreement with Semper Development of Minneapolis, the story says. They are now looking at two properties as possible locations for a new City Hall.

An Iron Range man who was killed in a shootout with a Minnesota State Patrol trooper on Saturday had fired shots shortly before into the home of his estranged wife, Mark Stodghill reports in the Duluth News Tribune. The article says, “The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office on Monday identified the dead man as Donnie Joe Lira, 66, of Cherry Township. Lira had prior convictions for fifth-degree assault in 1996 and for violating orders for protection in 1997 and 2000.”

Chickens will be allowed in Mankato backyards under a temporary two-year ordinance — with a limit of three permits and 15 chickens, Dan Linehan reports in the Mankato Free Press. “The three permits will be offered — first-come, first-served — in about a month, and will be void after two years,” the article says.

Tom Larson reports in the Morris Sun Tribune that the City of Morris “is planning for the worst in its 2011 budget, and the cost could be losses of jobs and services, wage freezes and a tax hike. And that’s just the start.” The article says the city’s guidelines “represent some of the most drastic budgeting measures city officials have had to contemplate in many years. Not only will operational budgets be affected but the city may scale back plans to bond for infrastructure projects every two years instead of annually.”

The Art in the Park festival will be held in Lanesboro on Sunday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., reports Laura Horihan in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. The event, in Sylvan Park, is put on by the Lanesboro Art Center. This year marks the festival’s 30th anniversary. For more information, call 507-467-3446 or visit online.

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