ST. PAUL - State Rep. Al Doty's first bill to be heard on the House floor passed 117-15 Wednesday. The bill authorized the commissioner of agriculture to serve as a consultant to the Board of Animal Health. It passed on a vote of 117-15.
"This bill puts all the important groups either affecting or affected by animal health together at the table," said Doty.
In addition, chronic wasting disease and TB both pass back and forth from cattle to deer herds, so DNR involvement is also appropriate, according to Doty.
Officials re-elected, election date moved
Incumbents Leonard Wagner, supervisor, and Donna Nedved, treasurer, were re-elected in Tuesday's township elections. Wagner had 39 votes. Nedved had 34 votes. There was one write-in vote.
The voters approved moving the election date to November of even-numbered years by a vote of 35-7. Forty-two votes were cast out of 1,341 registered voters, Clerk Martha Look said.
Blood donation times set for Red Cross Month
BAXTER - To commemorate Red Cross Month, area residents may donate blood next week at Heritage Assembly of God Church, 13242 Berrywood Drive in Baxter.
From March 19-22, blood may be donated from 1-7 p.m. at the church. On March 23 blood may be donated from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the church.
To donate call (800) 448-3543 or visit www.givebloodgivelife.org to make an appointment or receive more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable source for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be at least 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds.
Designate O'Driver for St. Patrick's Day
ST. PAUL - Public safety officials urge Minnesotans celebrating St. Patrick's Day to plan ahead for a safe and sober ride.
This weekend, NightCAP (nighttime concentrated alcohol patrol) efforts will be conducted in the 13 deadliest counties for impaired driving: Anoka, Blue Earth, Crow Wing, Dakota, Hennepin, Itasca, Ramsey, St. Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington and Wright.
Each year in Minnesota, alcohol-related crashes account for around 200 traffic deaths. Last year, about 42,000 motorists were arrested for DWI, a record high.
Over the past five St. Patrick's Days, 20022006, traffic crashes resulted in nine deaths and four were alcohol-related. In 2006, three of the four deaths were caused by impaired drivers. Nearly 1,400 motorists were arrested for DWI in the last five years on St. Patrick's Day.
Ward recognizes three groups at reception
ST. PAUL - State Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, took part in a recent ceremony recognizing three area organizations at a reception conducted by the Governor's Council on Faith and Community Services Initiatives reception.
The three organizations that received Best Practices Awards for 2006 were Bridges of Hope, Brainerd, Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers, Pequot Lakes, and Salem West, Deerwood.
Bridges of Hope provides support to families in crisis by connecting families and services. Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers unites faith congregations to provide and access services for seniors and others who are in need in Crow Wing County. Salem West is a social service program that distributes donated items to families in the Deerwood, Crosby and Brainerd communities.
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