10/01/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

A variety of updates on flooding in Southern Minnesota can be found in the Mankato Free Press, the St. Peter Herald, Winona Daily News, Austin Daily Herald, Albert Lee Tribune, Prior Lake American and the Rochester Post-Bulletin, which has a special page devoted to flood news.

“Unemployment rates on the Iron Range continued to see mixed results in August, with Grand Rapids’ rate down substantially, Hibbing’s up and Virginia’s rate holding nearly steady,” Charles Ramsay reports in the Mesabi Daily News. “Rates continued to be above Minnesota’s seasonally unadjusted 6.9 percent rate,” he writes, “but about par with the national rate of 9.5 percent for August.”

Michael Klein reports in the Post-Bulletin, “Rochester’s poverty rate rose to 8.8 percent in 2009, up from 8.4 percent in 2008 and just 5.7 percent in 2005, according to U.S. Census figures released this morning.” The story says the city “remains relatively cocooned from the recession, with its rate well below the statewide rate of 11 percent and the nationwide rate of 14.3 percent. Not only that, but the state and national rates are climbing faster, with both up at least a full percentage point from 2008 to 2009.”

Discussion is under way on an annexation agreement between St. Cloud and Haven Township, on the southeast border of the city, reports Kari Petrie in the St. Cloud Times. According to the article, “The St. Cloud City Council held a special meeting Monday with the Haven Township Board to discuss renewing an existing orderly annexation agreement. The agreement sets up the process for the city to annex properties from the township, St. Cloud Community Development Director Matt Glaesman said.”

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