08/31/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

At a noon press conference today, Mankato Mayor John Brady said he would not resign as mayor of Mankato as a result of his Aug. 21 arrest for drunk driving in the Twin Cities, the Mankato Free Press reports. The article says, “He admitted he has been an alcoholic over the last 18 years and was at times sober up to three years at a time, but had recently been drinking intermittently. He apologized profusely to the citizens and Mankato City Council.”

“On Monday night, Duluth Mayor Don Ness unveiled preliminary budget plans for 2011 that would cut the city’s general fund spending by about $500,000 from what was budgeted this year. But that doesn’t mean lower tax rates,” reports Peter Passi in the Duluth News Tribune. He writes, “The proposed city tax levy still stands to increase by 2.9 percent to cover the cost of a new law enforcement center under construction. Ness said this equates to the equivalent of an extra $11 in annual taxes for the owner of an average value home in the city.”

Six students from Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University are about to unveil a three-dimensional scale model of the Crazy Horse Memorial grounds, located near Custer, S.D., reports Anne Williams in the Bemidji Pioneer. When it’s completed next spring, the 10-foot-by-16-foot model will be placed in the welcome center in the main entrance to the visitor complex at Crazy Horse. The students are in NTC’s industrial model-making program.

Arts and humanities groups in Nobles County have received $67,883 in grant money from the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council (SMAHC), Jane Turpin Moore reports in the Worthington Daily Globe. She writes, “Among the beneficiaries of SMAHC grants are several Friends of the Auditorium initiatives, including an Eisenhower Dance Company residency, the new Worthington Area Community Orchestra, … the International Festival, the Nobles County Library’s summer reading program and a community mosaic mural developed during the June Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival.”

“Former Mankatoan Daniel Akerson, who admits to enjoying business challenges, is about to take on one that’s as lofty as it is daunting,” reports Brian Ojanpa in the Mankato Free Press. “The 1966 Mankato High School graduate is about to become CEO of General Motors. He officially takes over Wednesday as head of the world’s second-largest automaker — Toyota ascended to the top spot a couple of years ago — and said he takes a broad view of the task.” The article says Akerson’s family moved to Minnesota in the 1950s. They lived in Wells and later Mankato.

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