10/05/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

“A Minnesota environmental group says ongoing runoff from a 1970s copper exploration site near Ely contains levels of toxic metals that could harm aquatic life,” reports John Myers in the Duluth News Tribune. The article says, “The group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness said it found the toxic metals in samples of water runoff from the old International Nickel exploration site about 15 miles southeast of Ely and a couple miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The group also claims the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have ignored the old site.”

Mike Nowatzki reports in the Moorhead-Fargo Inforum that “a newly formed committee opposing Cass County’s proposed sales tax for flood control says it’s a “blind tax” with no identified project to fund.” According to the article, “Cass County residents will vote on the one-half percent sales tax Nov. 2. The tax would be levied for up to 20 years and would generate an estimated $11 million annually to help pay for the local share of a Red River diversion for Fargo-Moorhead.”

Ryane Clark of New London was killed Monday in Afghanistan, according to a family member and New London-Spicer school officials,” reported the West Central Tribune, whose article said, “Clark, 22, is the son of Rick and Tracy Clark of New London. Tracy Clark has noted her son’s death on her Facebook page. … No further details on Clark’s death are available at this time. The Defense Department has not yet announced his death.”

When Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota make their case to the U.S. Supreme Court that medical residents are students and not employees, the court’s newest justice will not be listening, reports Jeff Kiger in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. He writes, “Elena Kagan recused herself from the case brought by Mayo and the university to appeal a ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. As President Obama’s solicitor general, Kagan filed a brief supporting the government’s position that medical residents don’t qualify for the general student exemption from Social Security taxes. She argued that the appeals court ruling is correct and a review by the supreme court is ‘not warranted.’ That is why she won’t hear the case.”

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