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Legislators, Dayton come to the rescue

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Good to see political forces find common ground over an issue and come up with a solution. On

Wednesday, state Rep. Chris Swedzinski joined fellow House Republicans in sending off a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton urging for easing of work rules for propane truck drivers so that the pinch for propane around the state can be lifted. They point to a propane shortage in surrounding states is straining supplies for Minnesota farmers. The farmers need the propane to dry their crops. The governor responded later that evening by signing an emergency executive order delivering emergency relief from safety regulations pertaining to hours of service for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in emergency relief efforts. Dayton said the order will help ensure farmers have access to the diesel fuel and propane needed for the harvest.

Farmers still pushing back on buffer

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Gov. Mark Dayton is trying to put a positive spin on the ongoing effort to get farmers in compliance with the buffer law. On Tuesday he bragged about a 95 percent compliance rate around the state. However, farmers and landowners in a key agriculture part of the state are still pushing back on the law. “People in the southwest are coming to me to say they have no plans to come into compliance,” Swedzinski said. Lyon County, as it turns out, is only at 76 percent in compliance.

Shooting could have been more tragic

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Anytime a gun is used during a confrontation, deadly events often times follow. Daniel Breyfogle was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly firing a firearm into the air. The criminal complaint alleges Breyfogle tried to stab a person at a Marshall house party and later returned with the firearm. Luckily, the police report says people physically subdued the suspect after he fired the firearm. Their actions possibly prevented a deadly tragedy.

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