- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015
Minnesota gov. signs bills avoiding government shutdown

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Despite some misgivings, Gov. Mark Dayton on Saturday signed all the bills approved by Minnesota lawmakers during a special session and avoided a state government shutdown.

Dayton signed all six bills, including the agriculture and environment bill, even though he called it “still a bad bill” and many DFL lawmakers opposed it.

The Democratic governor said he regrets that the bill included the House Republican provision to eliminate the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board. Dayton says he will push to restore the board in 2017.

Minnesota lawmakers passed the final pieces of the state’s budget early Saturday morning. The clock was ticking to finish the $42 billion, two-year budget: A July 1 deadline threatened to bring on a partial government shutdown and almost 9,500 state employee layoffs.

In signing the bills, Dayton noted as he has before that “a sign of true compromise is that no one is happy with it.”

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1 dead in restaurant shooting in northern Minnesota

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - One person is dead after a restaurant shooting in northern Minnesota.

The Beltrami County sheriff’s office said Saturday the shooting happened at Mi Rancho, a restaurant on the north side of Bemidji.

Authorities say a suspect has been identified and is being interviewed. The sheriff’s office says there is no danger to the public.

The sheriff’s office is investigating with help from the Bemidji Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

No other details were immediately released.

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6 people thrown from boat into Minnesota River

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Authorities in south-central Minnesota say six people including two children were thrown overboard from a boat on the Minnesota River.

The Nicollet County sheriff’s office was notified of the accident north of Mankato around 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

The four adults and two children - ages 5 years old and 4 months old - were on a 16-foot boat that struck a partially submerged tree in the water. The boat capsized, throwing everyone overboard.

The boat’s occupants were separated before they were able to reach shore and call for help. No one apparently was wearing a life jacket.

Authorities say the baby was taken to a Mankato hospital. No one else needed to be treated for any injuries.

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Monument honoring military families dedicated in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A new memorial honoring Minnesota’s military families has been installed on the state Capitol grounds.

The Minnesota Military Family Tribute was dedicated Saturday. Tribute spokeswoman Jenifer Skjerven says it’s a way to honor and thank families for their sacrifices.

It includes a grouping of 87 large rocks known as “story stones” - one for each county in the state.

Ted Lee, a landscape architect and designer for the project, tells Minnesota Public Radio News (https://bit.ly/1Tk0NaBhttps://bit.ly/1Tk0NaB ) the stones are inscribed with excerpts of letters between soldiers at war and their families.

Organizers broke ground for the project about a year ago. The tribute also includes a tree-lined walkway and a monument known as a “Gold Star Table,” recognizing Gold Star families who lost a loved one in war.

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