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In many ways, Justin Jordan is the quintessential Iowa farmer. He grows soybeans and corn while raising beef cattle on his 410 rolling acres that sit about an hour southeast of Des Moines, Iowa. He’s the fifth generation of farmers in his family. But Jordan tends his land differently from his father and those before him. He practices no-till farming, plants cover crops and uses as few chemical-based fertilizers as possible — all with the end goal of healthier soil and water. “Basically, trying to farm as close to nature as possible,” Jordan said.
Five years of legal recreational marijuana in Minnesota could generate $1.12 billion in sales, $300 million in tax revenue and 20,000 jobs, an industry expert estimates. MinnPost reports the analysis came from Sal Barnes of the Marijuana Policy Group, who spoke at the CannConMN Symposium, a conference on the impacts of cannabis legalization.
MARSHALL, Minn. — Cortney Zukauska doesn’t let herself get too comfortable. Ask her what she seeks five years in the future and her answer is simple. “Surviving,” she said. “And raising my babies the best I can.” Pictures of her six children line the walls of the house she’s renting here. Being a mother is Zakauska’s first priority, and securing this home for her children four years ago was no small feat. “It's really the first stability — I mean real stability — they've had,” she said.
After widespread complaints from Twins fans, Comcast has reversed its decision to keep the team’s playoff game Friday night behind a paywall. The TV provider is now offering a free trial of MLB Network, which has exclusive rights to broadcast the Twins-Yankees matchup, to all customers through Oct. 11.
Many baseball fans in Minnesota will be out of luck if they try tuning into the Twins’ first playoff game against the New York Yankees on Friday night. Comcast, a major TV provider in the state, isn’t carrying game one of the Twins’ American League Division Series against the Yankees. MLB Network has exclusive rights to the game, and adding the channel will cost Twin Cities Comcast users an extra $9.99 a month.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kaja Robinson can’t forget the hold music at her former debt collection agency’s phone line. “Oh my God, it's awful,” the 53-year-old said. “I hear it in my head all the time. It's kind of screechy and eerie like a sci-fi movie.” It’s just one of the stress triggers Robinson has developed in her decades-long dispute over loans she took out as a college student in the late 1980s.
Amazon has quietly removed several products that buyers could use to make counterfeit marijuana vaping devices — the same ones which, along with nicotine vapes, have been tied to hundreds of injuries and at least six deaths reported nationwide this year.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jean Prokott won’t complain about her student loan debt; she’s made peace with it. “I just sort of accepted that I will give the government $500 a month until I die,” she said. “I don't ever see how I would catch up on these loans.” Prokott likes her job as a teacher at Century High School in Rochester, Minn. With a decade’s experience teaching and two master’s degrees, she makes about $70,000 annually. Her current income-based student loan payments are $400 to $500 every month.
LUTSEN, Minn. — Even as temperatures swelter into the 90s across much of the state, snowboarders and skiers can still find a small refuge to ride in northeastern Minnesota. A field of snow has lasted into the latter half of July at Lutsen Mountains. It’s not much, but it’s still a significant amount of the fluffy stuff. “Enough snow for a snowball fight,” said Jim Vick, Lutsen’s marketing director. The patch on Mystery Mountain is some 20 feet in circumference and 8 feet deep and it’s slowly shrinking over the summer.
Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar returned to a joyous welcome in her home district Thursday, following a string of racist remarks President Trump and his supporters aimed at Omar and three members of Congress — all women of color. At the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, more than 150 people met Omar, showing support for the Democratic congresswoman after the president told her to "go back” to the country from which she came. “We have your back!” one supporter shouted.