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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 losses from the extended drought.

Dayton said that he had agreed to sponsor the legislation after being approached by the National Farmers Union. Coincidentally, on Tuesday, Dayton was awarded the Farmers Union 2003 Golden Triangle Award for his leadership in obtaining disaster assistance for farmers, his commitment to improving dairy prices and his ongoing support for fairer trade initiatives.

Dayton told the media that disaster relief legislation would include emergency loans and other assistance measures that will give farmers a range of options.

When told by the Journal that area farmers were not optimistic that federal relief would be able to replace the value of lost crops and that farmers were saying “What good is another loan?” , Dayton vowed to try to design the bill to meet the specific needs of farmers.

“I don’t like this notched structure, where you’re either in 100% or not at all,” Dayton said. “If you have 30% losses, the aid should be graduated to meet those losses. Disaster assistance should be proportional to a farmer’s loss. The last thing the farmer needs is another loan.”

Dayton acknowledged that Governor Pawlenty had requested federal aid and that the Department of Agriculture was awaiting documentation.

“I’m ready to go ahead with anyone from across the aisle in support of this,” Dayton said.




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Coleman cosponsors disaster relief bill for farmers

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
Posted in Features

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
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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
Posted in Features

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
Posted in Features

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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Tragedy on the trail

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

The 11th annual “Ride the Root River Trail” wagon ride ended in tragedy on Wednesday, September 3 when a large dead elm tree fell across the trail hitting one of the wagons.

Killed was Marty Quandt, 53, of Rochester. Two other p ..... 
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