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ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton says 21,000 people would get jobs if the Legislature funds his $750 million public works project proposal. The Democratic governor said he emphasized projects that are ready to begin. They would be funded by the state selling bonds. The biggest Dayton project is $109 million to begin a major Capitol building renovation project. About $95 million more would be needed next year, he said.
HASTINGS, Minn. – A Hastings man was arrested Sunday afternoon after his 2-year-old son was found walking barefoot near 15th and Vermillion streets. At about 3 p.m. Sunday, Hastings police received a call that a 2-year-old boy was wandering around without supervision. The boy was carrying two bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Officers canvassed the area and searched for the child’s parents. They could not be found, so the child was taken to the police department for about two hours while the search continued.
FARGO – Essentia Health is embarking on an $80 million construction initiative highlighted by a new wing on its hospital. The new, four-story wing will extend to the south and open with 28 new beds in January 2015 at its center at 3000 32nd Ave. S. Plans allow for the quick addition of another 28 beds when needed. “This is something that I think is long overdue,” said Dr. Greg Glasner, president and chief medical officer of Essentia’s west region. “The campus has reached its capacity in infrastructure.”
It now appears large numbers of Asian carp are not in Minnesota, as shown by a new study. A technique that found indications of tiny amounts of Asian carp DNA had suggested the invasive species could be in the state’s streams. The new report, released today, called the most rigorous Minnesota study of the issue, showed that silver carp likely are in Iowa, but it found no evidence the fish is in Minnesota. No bighead carp DNA was found in Iowa or Minnesota.
ST. PAUL – More students could attend college if a plan allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges is approved, a Minnesota lawmaker argues. “We want to eliminate the achievement gap so that students who have not traditionally been going to college are going to college,” said Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul. “We need them in our future workforce.”
BISMARCK – A group of North Dakota residents plans to circulate a petition to put the state’s three new anti-abortion measures to a statewide vote. Gary Hangsleben, 67, of Grand Forks, sent Secretary of State Al Jaeger a request Tuesday afternoon for a petition for each abortion law. Hangsleben said Tuesday that North Dakotans should have a say in the abortion laws, which are the most restrictive in the country. The laws are likely to be challenged in court, but Hangsleben said he sees the referral process as another option.
FARGO – So much for privacy settings. Two Fargo men were charged Monday with burglarizing a Harwood, N.D., home after one of them allegedly left his cellphone there with his Facebook app open to his own profile.
FARGO – A man who punched two strangers last September, one of them a grandfather dining at the Ground Round restaurant with his 2-year-old grandson, was sentenced Monday to a year in prison. Calling the case “troubling,” prosecutors sought a three-year prison term for Brenden Marjama, 29, a day laborer from California, in exchange for his guilty pleas on two counts of aggravated assault, both Class C felonies, a longer sentence than recommended by probation officers.
One report indicated that the water was near 200 degrees and that the younger man suffered significant burns, while the 32-year-old had burns on his hands and feet. However, neither their identities nor their conditions have been released. The Minnesota office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reviewing details of the accident today, according to James Honerman, OSHA spokesman. He said the agency will determine its response once the review is completed.
HAWLEY, Minn. -- Roz Randorf didn’t worry about her long-term boyfriend, Kevin Ferris, piloting small planes from their home in Duluth to Moorhead. But Friday afternoon, she got the call she least expected. Friends at Twin Ports Aviation in Superior, Wis., told her Ferris’ plane was missing. He had taken to the skies from Superior around 9 a.m. en route to Moorhead to see his parents on Easter weekend.