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Minnesota representatives Monday gave unanimous approval to the establishment of a vehicle license plate for female military veterans. With a 110-0 vote and no debate, the House answered requests made by women veterans in numerous legislative committee meetings during the past two months. Rep. Jerry Newton, D-Coon Rapids, said that he has heard from many women veterans who say “they are tired of driving their cars” with veterans’ license plates, only to have people come up and tell them “thank your husband for his service to the country.” A similar bill awaits a Senate vote.
Most Minnesota representatives agree that the state owes people wrongly convicted for crimes. The House voted 121-2 Monday to provide up to $100,000 a year to people wrongly imprisoned and up to $50,000 for people put on supervisory release after they were improperly convicted. They also would receive a certificate from the state indicating they should not have been convicted. Rep. John Lesch, D-St.
Minnesota legislators have been trying to get rid of Asian carp for years, and on Monday senators got rid of the ‘Asian’ part of the name. On a split voice vote, senators approved dropping ‘Asian’ from the invasive carp name. “Words matter,” Sen. John Hoffman, D-Champlin, said in urging the change. “We may not be able to stop others from using the terminology,” he said, but the state does not need to use the term ‘Asian.’ Sen. Foung Hawj, D-St. Paul, said the state needs to do a better job of being sensitive. The provision was included in a larger bill.
GLYNDON, Minn. – Two Detroit Lakes people were taken to the hospital after a broadside crash on Highway 10 east of here Wednesday afternoon. Minnesota State Patrol officials say Ryan and Angela Schute, 31 and 28, were headed east on Highway 10 at about 3 in the afternoon in their Chevy Uplander when their vehicle broadsided Camille Jezycki-Ratsey’s 2010 Subaru, which was crossing the highway. Jezycki-Ratsey, 51, of Glyndon, was unharmed in the crash. Neither of the Schute’s injuries are considered life-threatening.
WAUBUN, Minn. – A 29-year-old Fergus Falls woman was seriously injured in a rollover crash just south of here Wednesday evening. Jessica Lemer was driving her 2002 Ford Explorer southbound on U.S. Highway 59 at about 5 p.m. when she swerved to avoid a vehicle going the wrong direction in her lane, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Lemer’s vehicle rolled into the ditch and she was ejected, suffering serious injuries, the patrol said. She was brought to a hospital in Mahnomen. It is unknown who the driver of the other vehicle was, the patrol said.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton focused much of his State of the State speech Wednesday night on greater Minnesota, from HitchDoc in southern Minnesota's Jackson to the Kelliher schools in the north. He used areas outside the Twin Cities to tout the state's economic growth, but also to illustrate what he sees as the need for more state spending. "This economic growth is happening all over our state," the Democratic governor said. Republicans called the 48-minute speech the opening of Dayton's re-election campaign.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - A Detroit Lakes woman was sentenced for felony theft after stealing five television sets from the Detroit Lakes Walmart. Corinne Ann DeVall, 26, was sentenced in the Becker County District Court to 12 months and one day in prison, stayed for five years.
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ST. PAUL – A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota cleared a second committee hurdle in the state Senate on Tuesday, and is scheduled for another hearing Wednesday. The Senate’s state and local government committee approved the measure on a voice vote after reviewing rule-making provisions that would govern how a new network of marijuana dispensaries would prevent thefts and advertise cannabis treatment. Rules also would govern how new groups of patients could seek access to marijuana, as well as a system for tracking marijuana inventories. The legislation from Sen.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators approved online voter registration Tuesday over Republican objections that the bill lacks adequate data security protection. The vote came a day after a judge ruled the existing system illegal, likely meaning online registration will continue uninterrupted. Bill sponsor Sen. Katie Sieben of Cottage Grove and fellow Democrats rejected eight GOP amendments to include more security provisions.