The lead article online at the Strib's website this morning is Road less traveled is the more deadly one. The teaser:
A new U website will show a disproportionate number of fatal accidents happen outside urban areas.
In "Pray For Me, I Drive Highway 60,″ Dale at Corner House Comments writes about the neglect of Highway 60, another of Southern Minnesota's dangerous roads, in Pawlenty's MnDOT plan. Money quote from the editor of the Cottonwood County Citizen:
Can a state agency simply refuse to enact an order passed by the Minnesota Legislature?
Mankato Free Press reports Immigration issue has faded in campaigns. Walz and the two Republican candidates are interviewed in passing; the story gives more time to Republican legislator Bob Gunther of Fairmont, who praises Latinos living in his community:
He disagrees with those who say the workers, with their low-paying jobs, are a drain on government welfare programs. The vast majority of Latinos in his district are legal and pay taxes and payroll deductions. . . .
. . .“To me, there’s not a whole lot of difference between the Germans, Norwegians and Swedes of 100 years ago and the Latinos now,” he said.
In letters to the Mankato Free Press, Marv Kopp of Eagle Lake says Drilling in ANWR won’t decrease U.S. gas prices. Experts agree.
MSUM student Marcus Piepho tells readers that American oil industry should be celebrated and Democrats scorned. This would make a nice halftime show at the Republican National Convention, bowing and scraping mandatory.
The SD 21 DFL Picnic and Sweet Corn Feed on Tuesday August 5, 2008 at the Ted Suss & Janet Marti Farm sounds like more fun. Head down to Farmfest for the Senate and Congressional Forums, then stay in the area for supper. The Rochester Democrat has the details.
Speaking of Farmfest, the list of farm organization leaders who will be asking questions at the congressional forum has been announced:
Ag Leader Panel :
* Lynn Ketelsen, Linder Farm Network, Moderator
* Kevin Paap, President, MN Farm Bureau
* Doug Peterson, President, MN Farmer's Union
* Kristin Weeks Duncanson, Vice President, MN Agri-Growth Council
* Roger Moore, President, MN Corn Grower's Assn.
* Lance Peterson, Past-President, MN Soybean Grower's Assn.
And the panel of congressional candidates now stands as:
* Congressman Collin Peterson (D), (Seventh)
* Glen Menze (R), (Seventh)
* Congressman Tim Walz (D), (First)
* Brian Davis (R), (First)
* Dick Day (R), (First)
* Elwyn Tinklenberg (D), (Sixth)
* Steve Sarvi (D), (Second)
Have Representatives Kline and Bachmann decided to give this one a pass?
A personal note: We've been greatly saddened for the last few days from the news of an old boyfriend's sudden and unexpected death. More on that this evening in "Requiem for a Common Man."