07/06/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

“The number of concealed weapon permits issued in North Dakota and Minnesota increased sharply last year, but that trend is showing signs of slowing down,” reports Dave Roepke in the Fargo/Moorhead Inforum. He writes that in Minnesota, “2008 was the first year that the state’s permits came up for renewal. In 2008, a total of 20,783 were issued, and in 2009, that increased to 21,944 — a jump of nearly 6 percent, according to the annual reports on permits released by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. However, the percentage of applicants seeking renewals was higher in 2008 than in 2009, 39 percent compared to 22 percent. If renewals are factored out, the jump in new permits in 2009 in Minnesota figures to be roughly 35 percent.”

The musical based on concerts put on by Hormel’s saleswomen after World War II will be performed later this month at Riverland Community College in Austin, writes Rachel Drewelow in the Austin Daily Herald. Summerset Theatre will present “Hormel Girls” (originally staged in 2007 at the History Theatre in St. Paul), at 7:30 p.m. July 20-24 at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Coffee House on Main and at the box office. They may be reserved by calling 433-0595.

“State and federal regulators have agreed to develop a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed NorthMet mining operation near Hoyt Lakes a move that could delay completion of a new draft EIS for at least a year,” reports Marshall Helmberger in the Ely/Cook/Tower Timberjay. The story says, “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, along with the U.S. Forest Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will jointly prepare the new EIS, which will consider the environmental effects of the proposed mining operation as well as actions to mitigate those effects.”

During this, the second week of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival in Winona, choral conductor Dale Warland will lead a 40-member chorale in two concerts Saturday and Sunday, reports Terry Rindfleisch in the Winona Daily News. The concerts will be in the Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels at St. Mary’s University. “Warland said he designed a program that fits the acoustics and the aesthetics of the chapel. He said he programmed pieces in sections — an invocation, a requiem, hymns to the Mother of God, celestial lights and American voices,” the story says.

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