Saint Peter joins eight other Minnesota cities to pass Tobacco 21 ordinance

By |2018-05-30T11:50:41-05:00May 30th, 2018|

Saint Peter has joined the growing list of Minnesota cities to pass Tobacco 21 regulations. In front of a packed meeting with interested residents, the City Council approved raising the purchasing age from 18 to 21 on a 4-3 vote. It comes a month after the Council tied on a 3-3 vote, with the deciding vote coming from council member Susan Carlin.   "When we first started discussing this issue, I wasn't convinced that this was a very meaningful idea," said Carlin. "But as I heard more and more about the access that younger children have, those 14 to 17-year olds, and how [...]

Tobacco 21 will go before Saint Peter Council again on Tuesday

By |2018-05-28T23:55:50-05:00May 28th, 2018|

Saint Peter will give Tobacco 21 another try Tuesday night after the ordinance change failed in April. One of the main reasons the issue tied on a 3-3 vote the first time around was that council member Susan Carlin was not present at the meeting, but has indicated that she is in favor of increasing the purchasing age from 18 to 21. Following the vote, Councilmen Jeff Brand and John Kvamme submitted a written request to place the issue back on the council agenda.  Brand said at the time that he's looking forward to helping the youth of Minnesota. "I hope [...]

Bison heard attributed for large increase in visitors at Minneopa

By |2018-01-18T16:18:09-06:00January 18th, 2018|

Officials say visitor numbers are soaring at Minneopa State Park with about 16-thousand passes sold last year. Minneopa Area Naturalist Scott Kudelka says the increase is attributed to the bison heard that was brought to the park in 2015. "We use to be right in the middle for selling permits and visitation and now we're in the top ten." Statewide in 2017, Minneopa was third in daily permits and fifth in annual permit sales. "What people have discovered is they're not just coming back because of the bison, they've discovered the rest of the park and now they're coming back because [...]

Analyst says there is an urgency to pass new Farm Bill early this year

By |2018-01-02T16:50:10-06:00January 2nd, 2018|

It could be a critical year in 2018 for farmers with a new Farm Bill to be taken up this year. The current Farm Bill will expire on September 30, meaning this will be the last crop season to be covered by the bill along with assistance benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Conservation Reserve Program. Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse says there is urgency to pass another Farm Bill. Farm Management Analyst, Kent Thiesse. "As we all know with Farm Bills, there is permanent legislation that goes back to like 1949 that kicks in if they [...]

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