- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015
2 men arrested in killing of Carver Co. man, 90

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) - Authorities have arrested two men in the killing of a 90-year-old rural Carver County man who was attacked in his home last month.

Sheriff Jim Olson said Tuesday a tipster provided information that led to the recovery of property stolen from Earl Olander’s home. Deputies followed leads and eventually arrested the two suspects.

Olander was found dead in his San Francisco Township home on April 11. His hands were bound and his house had been ransacked.

The reward for information in the case recently was increased to $7,500.

Both men are in the Carver County Jail. Charges are expected Wednesday.


Legislative overtime could hinder Capitol renovations

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A state official overseeing Capitol renovations says failing to wrap up the legislative session by Monday would be “catastrophic” for the project.

Top lawmakers have shown few signs of progress toward crafting a new budget. Department of Administration Commissioner Matt Massman says going past Monday’s deadline could hinder a project already on a tight timeline.

Massman joined legislative leaders during negotiations at the governor’s residence Tuesday.

He says a special session would put a team of 40 subcontractors on hold. The ongoing renovations have left some public spaces untouched as the Legislature works. Work on some of those areas is set to begin the day after the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn.

Officials hope to finish the renovations by 2017.


Egg, turkey meat prices begin to rise as bird flu spreads

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys. Market experts say grocery stores and wholesalers are trying to stock up on eggs, but there’s no need to worry about having enough turkeys for Thanksgiving.

The cost of a carton of large eggs in the Midwest has jumped nearly 17 percent to $1.39 a dozen from $1.19 since mid-April when the virus began appearing in Iowa’s chicken flocks and farmers culled their flocks to contain any spread. Neighboring Nebraska reported its first case of bird flu Tuesday, affecting 1.7 million chickens at an egg farm in Dixon County.

A much bigger increase has emerged in the eggs used as ingredients in processed products such as cake mix and mayonnaise, which account for the majority of what Iowa produces. Those eggs have jumped 63 percent to $1.03 a dozen from 63 cents in the last three weeks, said Rick Brown, senior vice president of Urner Barry, a commodity market analysis firm.

Turkey prices, which had been expected to fall this year, are up slightly as the bird flu claimed about 5.6 million turkeys nationwide so far. About 238 million turkeys were raised in the U.S. last year.

The price of fresh boneless and skinless tom breast meat primarily used for deli meat has risen 10 percent since mid-April to $3.37 a pound, a USDA report said Friday. Frozen hens in the 8- to 16-pound range, those often used for home roasting, were up about 3 percent to $1.06 a pound.


State senator Ortman won’t seek fifth term

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - At least one seat in the Minnesota Senate will change hands next year.

State Sen. Julianne Ortman announced Tuesday she won’t seek a fifth term. The Chanhassen Republican says she’s bowing out early to give other candidates a stronger shot.

Ortman is the ranking minority member on the Senate’s tax committee. She tried to challenge U.S. Sen. Al Franken last year but lost the GOP nomination.

Ortman says pushes to change the state’s conciliation courts and include mental illness records in firearm background checks are some of her most meaningful work in the Legislature.

All of the state Senate’s 67 seats are up for election next year. Ortman is the first in the chamber to formally announce she won’t run again.

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