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WASHINGTON— A strongly bipartisan 20-1 vote by the Senate Ag Committee on Wednesday, June 13, has sent the five-year 2018 Farm Bill to the full Senate and added momentum to get the measure passed by the time the current bill expires on Sept. 30. The senators hope the House will then hold another vote on its version of the bill that was defeated in May to send it to a conference committee for a final agreement.
HENNING, Minn.—A body found in Henning in Otter Tail County in western Minnesota last Friday has been identified as a 19-year-old man whose family said he had been battling with drug addiction. The victim was Jordan Bolgrean, 19, of Henning. His body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey in Anoka County for an autopsy after it was found along the railroad tracks about 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 8. No cause of death has been determined, although no foul play was suspected.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is ranked the second best state for working dads, according to a study released Monday, June 11, as Father’s Day approaches. WalletHub, a personal finance website known for its in-depth studies, said one of the reasons Minnesota was ranked near the top was that it has the highest median family income adjusted for cost of living of $95,483. That’s two times higher than in Hawaii, which has the lowest at $47,631.
SPEARFISH, S.D. -- The death of an Illinois man who died from a prairie rattlesnake bite while golfing last week in the Black Hills is being called a “tragic fluke.” Lawrence Walters, 70, died at the Spearfish hospital after he was bit while looking for a ball in the rough at the Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate Ag Committee introduced its 2018 Farm Bill on Friday, June 8, that's expected to be voted on by the panel next week and possibly reach the Senate floor by the end of the month. The House, which voted down its version of the bill last month, could also possibly take up the issue again later this month, which would send it to a conference committee to iron out differences.
LAS VEGAS -- Lars Eller's rebound goal with 7:37 remaining broke a tie and proved to be the championship-winning goal as the Washington Capitals won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history with a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources will continue its longstanding tradition of waiving the requirement for a vehicle permit and providing free admission at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this Saturday, June 9. The permit is usually $7 for a day pass.
FARGO—The American Lung Association has one thing they want people at a higher risk of lung cancer to know: They can get screened with a low-dose CT scan that could diagnose any cancer earlier and provide a better chance of surviving. It is the deadliest form of cancer, accounting for one in four cancer deaths in the United States..
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Eunice Richmond was working out in the yard the other day enjoying a gorgeous May day. She's also remodeling her kitchen. It's something she thought she might never be doing almost two years ago when she was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and faced the possibility of only six months to live. However, thanks to a new treatment that a regional Sanford Health research team helped develop and study, the 67-year-old Richmond and others are realizing that a longer life than they ever expected may lie ahead.
ST. PAUL -- Using hydraulic jets to get rid of “muck” or to uproot aquatic plants in Minnesota lakes is illegal, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We remind lakeshore property owners that just because you can buy a hydraulic jet does not make them legal to use in all situations,” said Jon Hansen, aquatic plant management consultant. “You may not use them in any way that disturbs the lake bottom or destroys rooted aquatic plants.”