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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed two provisions of a bill funding outdoors and arts projects, saying a House committee ignored a citizen advisory panel. The vetoes eliminated $3 million to fight aquatic invasive species that was destined for tribal and local governments and $6.3 million to improve Twin Cities parks.
Dayton wrote to legislative leaders, that the decision was difficult because he supports the causes but had said he would veto projects the advisory committee did not recommend.
Dayton blamed a House panel led by Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, for the situation. He urged legislators to repair their relationship with the outdoors council.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa — Spirit Lake police have made two arrests in connection with a recent rash of burglaries to vehicles and residences.
Police say their investigation into the incidents resulted in them searching several residences. That, in turn, resulted in the arrest of 21-year-old Christopher Turner of Spirit Lake on charges of ongoing criminal conduct; 10 counts of burglary in the 3rd degree and conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Turner was booked into the Dickinson county jail.
A 15-year-old male juvenile was also taken into custody on charges of ongoing criminal conduct; 10 counts of burglary in the 3rd degree and conspiracy; and possession of tobacco. He was transported to the Youth Emergency Services detention center.
Spirit Lake police were assisted in the investigation by the Iowa Department of Corrections and the Iowa Juvenile Court Services.
IOWA - Legendary Iowa broadcaster Jim Zabel died Thursday afternoon at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 91 years old. Zabel is best known as the long-time radio voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes on both WHO Radio in Des Moines and the statewide Palmer Radio Network. His wife Jill said Zabel was working in his home office, preparing for weekly Sunday radio program on WHO Radio when he passed away.
Zabel joined WHO Radio in 1944 and had been on the air ever since. He also spent several decades as the sports anchor for WHO-TV. Zabel was named to the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. Funeral services for Zabel are pending.
OKOBOJI, Iowa — People will have a chance to meet the son of former President of the United States Gerald Ford at the annual Lakes Health Conference this year.
Area health professionals will also have the opportunity to gain new perspectives on topics such as cyberbullying, cultural diversity, breast cancer and coping with the after effects of natural disasters at the conference which will be held June 6-7, 2013, at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center at Lake Okoboji.
Questions regarding the conference should be directed to Rosemary Coleman, Iowa Lakes Community College Health Programmer, (800) 242-5108, ext. 5227.
MINNESOTA - Minnesota’s U.S. Senators have co-authored a bill that would require oil refineries to report their maintenance schedules to the Energy Department. The move by Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken is meant to prevent surges in gas prices like the one that struck Minnesota last week.
Refineries periodically close for maintenance. But when more than one is closed at the same time, it can lead to supply shortages and price spikes.
Klobuchar complained about such disruptions in a letter to the U. S. Energy Secretary last week.
Until two years ago the Energy Department was publishing the maintenance reports of refineries. At a Capitol Hill hearing this week, Franken confronted an Energy official about the decision to stop making those reports public.
Klobuchar says the bill also asks the Energy Secretary to look into storing more fuel in the upper midwest, which seems especially vulnerable to shortages.
GRAPEVINE, Texas - After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA's controversies are far from over.
The Scouts' longstanding ban on gay adults remains in force, and many liberal Scout leaders — as well as gay-rights groups — plan to continue pressing for an end to that exclusion even though the BSA's top officials aren't ready for that step.
Meanwhile, many conservatives within the Scouts are distraught at the outcome of the vote and some are threatening to defect. A meeting is planned for next month to discuss formation of a new organization for boys.
The vote was conducted by secret ballot Thursday during the National Council's annual meeting at conference center not far from Boy Scout headquarters in suburban Dallas. Of the roughly 1,400 voting members of the council who cast ballots, 61 percent supported the proposal drafted by the governing Executive Committee. The policy change takes effect Jan. 1.