Most Read Stories of The Week for 02-15-2020

State lawmakers arrived at the Capitol on Tuesday for the new legislative session, local House 8A Representative Bud Nornes says they are lots of local issues and projects on the line…

“…There are issues of statewide significance with the Governor wanting Minnesota to be like California when it comes to emission standards. We need to be real vigilant about that one, and then there's a number of projects locally from the Riverfront Project, you go right down through the county, there's a trail that people want. Pelican Rapids needs a swimming pool, and there's a number of things that people have on their wishlist, that we'll do our best to champion. Other than that, you always have the usual--education, Health and Human Services is a big one that we have to work with. That's out of control, so there's some issues that hopefully we can deal with, but again, the time period is pretty short this particular session…”

Although a bonding bill will take most of the headlines during the upcoming Minnesota Legislative Session. The 2020 election, with all 201 House and Senate seats up for grabs, will hang over every decision.

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A man was taken to the hospital in Becker County after falling through the ice last Saturday.

36-year-old Jason Morris was riding his snowmobile on Rice Lake when he approached open water. He tried to avoid the water but skidded and broke through thin ice.

Passing snowmobile riders saw Morris and pulled him out of the water with a tow strap.

He was pulled from the water before Becker County Deputies arrived. Morris was taken to St. Mary's Hospital with hypothermia.

Becker County Dive and Rescue, Callaway Fire Department, and Detroit Lakes Fire Department were also dispatched to the scene. The incident is still under investigation.

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An update on a local Fergus Falls business that was contemplating closing last year, is still on track and in an even better position now.

Rainbow Cleaner’s Co-owner Odin Beard says they ended up purchasing the building where the business is located entirely. He says that the main issue was that the building was not 100% in their name, so they didn’t have the availability in equity to be able to purchase the building until now.

Beard says they paid the building off several days ago, and already owned all of the dry cleaning equipment. So he says Fergus Falls and neighboring communities can rest assure that Rainbow Cleaners will be in business now for many years to come.

Odin Beard and his wife Jill have owned the business for the past 5 years. Rainbow cleaners is located at 112 East Washington Avenue in downtown Fergus Falls.

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