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Track Runners Hit By Car In Forest Lake; House Passes Bill Allowing Mineral Exploration: Concerns Over Cannabis Shortage

>>Forest Lake Track Athletes Injured After Being Hit By Car

(Forest Lake, MN) — Two 15-year-old runners from the Forest Lake track team were injured when struck by a car along Highway 61 in Forest Lake. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. at Highway 61 and 202nd Street. The runners were crossing at a crosswalk when a 2001 Cadillac DeVille hit them. Both athletes were airlifted to the hospital, and their conditions are unknown. Authorities are investigating the crash, and it’s unclear if the 84-year-old driver will face charges.  (24/7 News Source)

>House Passes Stauber Bill To Open Superior National Forest To Mining

(Washington, DC)    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that could reopen part of northern Minnesota for mineral exploration and mining.  The bill sponsored by Minnesota Republican Congressman Pete Stauber would reverse an order by the Biden Administration that prohibits mining leases for the next 20 years.  Stauber celebrated the bill’s passage yesterday, saying it would allow miners to safely extract needed minerals from the area.  He also urged Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to bring the bill to the Senate floor immediately. (24/7 News Source)

>>Toddler Okay After Falling Into Open Water Area In Otter Tail County

(Otter Tail County, MN)    A toddler is being treated after a scary moment in Otter Tail County yesterday.  The county sheriff’s office says a one-and-a-half-year-old child fell into a deep pool of water near a home in rural Vergas yesterday.  The pool formed after a recent rainfall and was more than four feet deep.  The boy’s mother said the child was initially floating face down and was not breathing when pulled from the water.  Lifesaving measures were implemented and the boy was reportedly conscious when he was airlifted for medical treatment. (24/7 News Source)

>>Bentley Named To Appeals Court

(St. Paul) A recent finalist for a spot on the state Supreme Court will join the state Court of Appeals.

Elizabeth Bentley is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and director of the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic there. She was among six finalists for two openings on the higher court that were filled a week ago by incoming Justices Theodora Gaïtas and Sarah Hennesy.

In choosing Bentley for the state’s intermediate appellate court, Governor Walz cited her appellate experience in state and federal courts and her work advancing and promoting Minnesotans’ civil rights. (Star Tribune)

>>Concerns Over Cannabis Supply

(St. Paul)Minnesota legislators and regulators are facing increasing pressure to license marijuana growers ahead of dispensaries to ensure the market will have enough supply when it launches next year.

Under current law, the state’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) cannot issue cultivation licenses until it has set rules for the recreational industry. That rulemaking process is expected to wrap up in early 2025.

The Star Tribune reports state senators pushed forward a proposal Tuesday to allow certain Minnesotans to grow marijuana this year under the state’s existing medical cannabis cultivation rules.  Among the nearly two dozen states that have legalized recreational marijuana, many have learned the hard way that early demand is far greater than supply. That imbalance can push prices above black-market levels, slowing interest in the legal market. (Star Tribune)

>>Report Indicates MN Is A National Leader In Clean Energy Production

(Minneapolis, MN)    The state of Minnesota is surpassing the rest of the United States when it comes to producing clean, sustainable energy.  That’s the finding of a new fact sheet released yesterday by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.  The report finds that 54-percent of the electricity in Minnesota comes from carbon-free sources compared 41-percent in the rest of the U.S.   (24/7 News Source)

>>>Isle Royale Research On Wolf And Moose Released

(Duluth) Researchers forced to cut short an annual survey of wildlife on a remote Lake Superior island this winter due to unusually warm weather announced Tuesday that they managed to gather data that shows the wolf population is stable. Isle Royale is situated between Grand Marais and Thunder Bay. The park offers a rare opportunity to observe wolves and moose acting naturally without human influence. According to the Star Tribune, Data the team gathered before they left shows the wolf population stands at 30 animals, down from 31 animals last year but up from 28 in the winter of 2022. The moose population, meanwhile, stood at 840, down 14% from last year. Overall, the moose population has declined by almost 60% since 2019, when the population peaked at a little more than 2,000 animals. Wolf predation is suspected to be the primary cause of this year’s decline, given unusually warm conditions. (Star Tribune)



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