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Governor Pawlenty requests federal disaster aid for drought stricken counties


Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
Posted in Features

Governor Tim Pawlenty has announced that he will request that approximately 49 Minnesota counties be designated as federal agricultural disaster areas by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture because of severe drought. The Governor’s announcement came during his weekly radio show, “Good Morning Minnesota.”

“A month ago we were looking at a good crop year and now we’re looking at more than a billion dollars in economic loss,” said Governor Tim Pawlenty. “A federal disaster designation will enable farmers to tap low-interest loans to help them make it through this rough year.”

An informal preliminary county-by-county assessment of Minnesota counties conducted by the USDA Farm Service Agency, found that 49 of the 87 counties are eligible for emergency assistance and that 95 percent of cropland has been impacted by the severe unseasonably dry conditions. To be eligible, a county must have one or more crop sustain a 30 percent or greater loss. The FSA will work with each county to formalize loss assessments and submit the data to the state Division of Emergency Management for a formal application to be made next week.

“I want to encourage all affected counties to work together with the Farm Service Agency to provide this data as soon as possible in order to expedite the process,” added Governor Pawlenty. “Forty-nine counties is just an estimate at this point and that number could very well be higher.”

Governor Pawlenty’s request will be made to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman, who has the authority to designate counties as federal agriculture disaster areas, making farmers eligible for low interest loans through USDA.

The projected loss in crop value of $1.1 billion is approximately a 29 percent loss in value compared to 2002 values, the Governor said.

“We’re fortunate that the vast majority of producers have crop insurance for times just like this,” the Governor said. “But we’re hopeful the federal government will provide additional relief for Minnesota farmers affected by these challenging times.”

The 49 Minnesota counties that have at least 30 percent loss on at least one crop at this time including Fillmore and Houston counties.

Dayton says he will sponsor disaster relief bill for drought

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
Posted in Features

Speaking in a teleconference on Wednesday with several media, including the Fillmore County Journal, Minnesota Senator Mark Dayton said that he would sponsor federal disaster aid legislation to provide relief for Minnesota farmers suffering crop loss ..... 
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Coleman cosponsors disaster relief bill for farmers

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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MN Senator Says Relief Bill Needed If Conditions Continue and Crop Insurance Falls Short

Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman has joined Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, both Arkansas Democrats, in cosponsoring a disaster rel ..... 
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Local hatcheries are key to trout fishing in Minnesota

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: The Minnesota DNR, in consultation with interested parties, have put together a ten-year plan for improving trout fishing in southeastern Minnesota. This includes increasing the numbers of trophy size trout by improving habitat and imp ..... 
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Judge orders psychiatric evaluation in Morton manslaughter case

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

On Thursday, September 4, Judge Robert Benson ordered Trevor Lee Morton to undergo psychiatric evaluation at the St. Peter Security Hospital to see “if he is able to assist in his own defense.”

Morton, 30, of rural Spring Valley ..... 
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Trout stream plan aims to continue positive trend

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

Anglers will find more large trout on their lines if a new 12-year fisheries plan for southeastern Minnesota streams achieves its goals.

The plan, prepared by the Department of Natural Resources, aims to improve stream quality, ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Sturgis Rules adopted

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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A more subdued and businesslike council worked together through Tuesday night’s agenda. Mayor David Pechulis requested a quiet moment for Council member Mike Gartner who is hospitalized.

Over the last few months council members ..... 
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Commissoner's Report: County Board goes down to the wire in making 2004 budget cuts

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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“It is not work that kills men; it’s worry. Worry is rust upon the blade.”  Henry Ward Beecher

“Not business as usual”, proclaimed Chairman Marc Prestby as painful deliberations continued at Tuesday’s co ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Cooperation continuing on Church Hill Cooperative development

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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Developers Jeff Allman and Warren Kramer of Northcountry returned to the Lanesboro City Council with a refined plan for the Church Hill Cooperative property (the Old School) on Tuesday night. The new plan calls for one handicapped and eight other ind ..... 
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