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Minnesota Republicans offer alternate plan for family leave

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature have offered a voluntary proposal for paid family and medical leave. It would rely on tax credits for employers who choose to participate, in contrast with Democratic proposals that would require paid time off. Republicans depicted their plan Monday as an innovative way to support employees who need time off after childbirth, or to care for sick children, or for parents nearing the end of their lives. Democrats have been pushing for years for family and medical leave. They say they’re glad Republicans have finally joined the discussion, but that their plan doesn’t go far enough.


Mississippi River tow kicks off start of navigation season

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The first Mississippi River towboat has marked the unofficial start of the 2022 navigation season. US Army Corps of Engineers officials say the Motor Vessel W. Red Harris was due to pass through Lock and Dam 3 near Welch on Monday afternoon. The tow originated from St. Louis and was pushing nine barges to St. Paul. It had earlier passed through Lake Pepin, which borders Minnesota and Wisconsin. The lake is the last major barrier to spring navigation because its ice is the last part of the river to break up. The Corps’ St. Paul District maintains a 9-foot-deep navigation channel and operates 12 locks and dams to support navigation from Minneapolis to Guttenberg, Iowa.


Dirty snow and warm temps aid Red River Valley snowmelt

FARGO, ND (AP) – The National Weather Services says any fears of an extended spring flooding season in the Red River Valley have been virtually eliminated thanks in large part to the area’s soil-stained snow. The weather service said Monday that the area’s good flooding forecast was a strange benefit of two unwelcome weather woes – a summer drought followed by a winter season of numerous blizzards. The lack of precipitation made the topsoil receptive to the spring thaw and the gales of winter picked up loose dirt to color the snow and make it absorb more heat than usual. Meteorologist Amanda Lee says the dirty snow and the last week’s sun and warm temperatures are thought to have helped the snowpack disappear quickly.


Two killed in single-vehicle crash in Anoka County

EAST BETHEL, Minn. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say two people have been killed in a single-vehicle crash in Anoka County. Authorities say a man and woman died when their vehicle crashed into a tree Sunday about 8:30 pm in East Bethel. First responders arrived to find the vehicle on fire. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. They have not been identified.


U of M asks lawmakers for $ 30m for scholarships

University of Minnesota officials are asking legislators to approve $ 30 million for scholarships for students who attend regional campuses. The Star Tribune reports the proposed Greater Minnesota Scholarship Program would go give money to Minnesota residents who enroll as freshmen at the university’s Duluth, Rochester, Crookston and Morris campuses. Each student would get $ 4,000 to $ 5,000 in their first year and $ 1,000 to $ 2,000 in each of their next three years. Tuition at the regional campuses ranges from $ 12,500 to almost $ 14,000 annually. University officials say the program would reduce student debt and boost enrollment.


Craig announces congressional reelection bid

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) – US Rep. Angie Craig is officially announcing she will run for reelection this fall. Craig issued a statement Sunday saying di lei enthusiasm for her campaign di lei is strong. Craig was first elected to Congress in 2018. She represents Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes the Twin Cities’ far southeastern suburbs and rural parts of southeastern Minnesota. Republican Tyler Kistner is running for the seat. Craig narrowly defeated him in 2020.


Man shot fending off catalytic converter thieves

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A man has been shot trying to fend off a band of catalytic converter thieves in St. Paul. WCCO-TV reports the incident occurred early Sunday morning when a man in his 20s confronted multiple people who were allegedly trying to steal a catalytic converter. The man was shot in the arm and in the chest. Police say he was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle and is expected to survive. No one has been arrested in connection with the shooting.


Canadian Pacific rail work stoppage could hit US agriculture

DETROIT (AP) – Canadian Teamsters and CP Rail blamed each other for a work stoppage Sunday that halted trains across Canada and interrupted shipments to and from the US More than 3,000 CP Rail conductors, engineers, train and yard workers represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference are off the job after negotiators failed to reach a deal by a midnight deadline. Both sides say they are talking with federal mediators. Canadian Pacific covers much of the US Midwest and is a large shipper of potash and fertilizer for agriculture. It also carries grain from the US to Canada.

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