09/09/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

Concerned about possible cuts to area libraries in 2011, the regional library association sent a clear message to Goodhue County last week: Pay your fair share. Eric Ludy of the Red Wing Republican Eagle reports that Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, the body that collects funding from the county and cities for distribution among area public libraries, has expressed concern recently that the county will not live up to its contract with the agency next year. The group sent a letter last week urging the county to “abide by the contract as negotiated.”

The Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. wants to help area groups interested in C.K. Blandin Foundation funds promoting broadband technology in Nobles County, reports Kari Lucin in the Worthington Daily Globe. The foundation is seeking four project proposals and has $100,000 in federal stimulus money to distribute between four or more eligible endeavors. Blandin received $1.1 million from the federal government for its Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities program, to be divided between 11 demonstration communities.

There’s some good news for those who drive a golf cart or mini truck – and less good news for ATV fans. A Faribault ordinance that will have its first reading before City Council Sept. 14 would let mini trucks on the road and allow more people to drive golf carts on the road, reports James Warden in the Faribault Daily News. The measure, however, also bans ATVs from public streets, sidewalks and trails unless authorized. “We get complaints all the time on them,” said Police Chief Dan Collins.

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