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ST. PAUL — Time is running out to kick the Minnesota fishing opener up a week.
The Duluth News Tribune reports that opinions about the issue are changing quickly. Republican State Senator Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria, said his environment and natural resources committee heard testimony that produced no strong support for the earlier openers. The committee met earlier today.
Senators plan to debate Ingebrigtsen’s game and fish bill tomorrow. There could be an attempt to amend the bill to move the opener from May 12 to May 5.
The House amended a bill earlier to push the opener up to May 5, so anglers can get out a week before Mother’s Day weekend. The idea arose because of record-warm March temperatures.
Ingebrigtsen’s committee made no decision on the issue today. But, observers said it appeared the panel members opposed making the change after hearing from the Department of Natural Resources, resort organizations and anglers.
Ingebrigtsen said he was very open to moving the opener up a week when Cook DFL Senator Tom Bakk brought it up three weeks ago. He said that the more people talk about it, the more of a concern it has become.
During the 10-day Easter-Passover break he heard lots of opposition. He said he will be strongly against it on the Senate floor tomorrow, adding, if it comes up.
The new week has started out in a very interesting way over our region. We had thunderstorms last night followed by heavy winds and snow earlier today.
Mike Stuart from the National Weather Service talked with WTIP’s Ann Possis earlier today about what’s been happening and what we can expect in upcoming days.
In March, the Cook County Community Center and the ISD 166
school board met to discuss the possibility of attaching the school to
the community center, as well as the possible partnership with the
YMCA to the county board. At the Wednesday, April 11 school board meeting, on a 3-2 vote, the school board agreed to pursue the concept of attaching the community center to the west end of the I.S.D. 166 building.
The Community Center steering committee agreed that follow-up
discussion on those issues should take place. The topics were put on
the county board agenda for April 17 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Cook
County commissioner’s room.
Care Partners, founded in 2010, offers palliative care for
patients with advanced illnesses, as well as those at the end of life.
It also lends support to families of those patients. And, Care
Partners offers training for volunteers and medical personnel. The
latest in this ongoing training is a presentation of a program of the
Hospice Foundation of America (HFA). On Thursday, April 19, Care
Partners will host HFA's 2012 Living With Grief® program, End-of-Life
Ethics from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Corcoran Classroom, lower
level of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.
End-of-Life Ethics will examine the ethical issues and dilemmas that
emerge at the end-of-life, the principles of ethical decision-making
and the effects of these decisions on staff and families. A panel of
noted authorities from many disciplines will use a case study approach
to explore these tough issues.
For more information, contact Kay Grindland at Care Partners, (218)
387-3788 or email@example.com. More information can be found at http://www.northshorehealthcarefoundation.org/carepartners.php
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Office of
Electronic Communications has applied for a special-use permit to
construct two new radio towers and replace two existing towers for the
operation and maintenance of the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency
Response (ARMER) system on national forest system lands.
One of the new towers is proposed to be constructed near a former
lookout site (Pine Mountain). The second new tower is proposed for a
site within a recently completed timber harvest tract (Forest Center).
The replacement towers are the current Fernberg and Meander sites.
The purpose of the towers is to provide a public safety communications
network managing the implementation of the 800 MHz digital trunked
radio communications system, which provides emergency response
personnel the means and ability to share information via voice and/or
data systems on demand in real time. This includes every city, county,
state agency, tribal government and non-government public safety
entity operating in the state.
The public is encouraged to provide comments on the proposed action;
the comments will help determine the scope of analysis, and those
comments that lead to environmental issues will assist in developing
alternatives and analyzing environmental effects. Citizens are asked
to consider, when reviewing proposed activities and submitting
comments: Is there anything about the areas involved in the project
that the Forest Service should consider in the environmental assessment?
Comments should be submitted by April 20 via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org
), fax (218) 626-4398, calling (218) 626-4371) or writing (Tim Dabney,