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WASHINGTON — Three Upper Midwest senators have been named conferees on the farm bill. But the House Republican leadership’s refusal to appoint conferees and a plan for the House to vote on a big cut to the food stamp program means prospects for the bill passing this year have dimmed. Democratic Sens. Max Baucus of Montana, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Republican John Hoeven of North Dakota were all named to the conference committee on the farm bill on Aug.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The farm shows Farmfest, held annually southeast of Redwood Falls, and Dakotafest, held annually southeast of Mitchell S.D., have reportedly been purchased by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. – One man is dead and another was in critical condition Thursday after a shooting late Wednesday near New York Mills, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said.
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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- State Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, says he is contemplating a run for governor. His name has been popping up in political circles as a possible contender for challenging DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014. When contacted Tuesday, Ingebrigtsen said he’ll make a decision in the next four to six weeks whether to jump into the race. He plans to form a committee to explore the possibility. “I think Minnesota needs a rural choice,” he said.
A suspect has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run bicycle crash in Minneapolis last week that killed a 24-year-old woman with close ties to the Hoffman-Kensington area. Minneapolis police arrested Abdirahman Abdi Ali, 24, this morning after he turned himself in. Jessica Hanson, a server at an Uptown bar, was on her way to her boyfriend's house last Wednesday night at about 10:30 p.m.
WILLMAR — Eugene Otto Zumhofe, 62, of Cyrus, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 12 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct for having sexual contact with a young woman approximately 1,800 times between 1999 and 2011.
WILLMAR -- Judges Kathryn Smith and Jon Stafsholt are retiring, creating two judgeship vacancies in Minnesota's Eighth Judicial District, the Commission on Judicial Selection announced Monday in a news release. Smith has been chambered at Willmar in Kandiyohi County. Stafsholt is chambered in Glenwood in Pope County. The selection process for two new judges has started. Applications will be accepted through July 15.
WILLMAR, Minn. – U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson believes a new federal farm bill could be approved before Congress’ August recess. In a visit to Willmar on Friday, the congressman said there is more farm bill-related activity in the House this year than a year ago, when the bill was never brought to a vote in the full House. House leaders have told him they want to get a bill done this year, said Peterson, who serves as the House Agriculture Committee’s ranking Democratic member.
Beefing up could mean meat eaters will have to open up their wallets a little wider this summer, as the price of beef and other meats continues to climb. “Beef prices have been high this year at all levels,” said William Hahn, an economist with the animal products branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.