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Prepare For Winter Conditions From Monday Afternoon Into Tuesday
An upper level storm system moving through the region will bring some significant snow accumulations to southeastern North Dakota and west central Minnesota for early this week. Snow will begin to move in from the south this afternoon, and will continue through tonight and tomorrow. By Tuesday afternoon, 3 to 6 inches of accumulation will be possible south of the Highway 200 corridor.
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 PM TUESDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND FORKS HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 PM TUESDAY..SOUTH OF A LINE FROM LISBON TO BARNSVILLE AND NEW YORK MILLS. SNOW WILL BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUING THROUGH TUESDAY.
REDUCED VISIBILITY IS POSSIBLE IN FALLING SNOW. LISTEN FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS DUE TO SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY ROADWAYS.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
Twin Caravan Date Announced For Fergus Falls
Lakes Area Twins fans in Fergus Falls and the surrounding are gearing up for another Twins Caravan, this year's caravan will be held on Tuesday, January 19th from 9 to 10am. PioneerCare will be hosting again this year, with Perkins Family Restaurant catering the event. Possible Twins at the Caravan may include Manager Paul Molitor, Outfielder Bryon Buxton and Pitcher Casey Fein.
Nornes Higher Ed Compact
State Representative Bud Nornes of Fergus Falls says Minnesota is in an enviable position pertaining to higher education as he found out recently in Chicago.
Nornes represents Minnesota on the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. The compact is a 12-state interstate assembly that works together to advance higher education.
Nornes says the states in attendance reported that they were happy to have capped an increase in tuition at three or 3 ½ percent.
Nornes says one of the reasons other states weren’t able to do what Minnesota did is because their economies still haven’t rebounded. He says Minnesota’s budget surplus allowed for the buydown of higher ed costs.
Citing growing prison populations, Minnesota’s Sentencing Guidelines Commission is cutting some drug sentences in half. The commission is cutting first and second degree possession sentences, while leaving stiffer penalties for sales and “kingpin” activity.
Michelle Eldien, Chief Deputy prosecutor in the Otter Tail County Attorney’s Office, says the Guidelines Commission actions will likely keep many people out of prison.
The changes come amid a nationwide push to reform drug laws and concern that Minnesota’s prison population is growing too large. State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria, a former sheriff says rather than putting more criminals back on the street, he’d like to see more prisons built. Lawmakers could vote to veto the changes this spring. The changes wouldn’t take effect until at least August.
Now that the furor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is winding down, the focus tomorrow will be on charitable causes. "Giving Tuesday" is a day when North Dakotans will be asked to think about giving to strangers who are less fortunate. Annette Bauer with the Salvation Army's Northern Division says as part of Giving Tuesday, her group is kicking off a new Internet campaign to make donating easier. She says with the new campaign, anyone who wants to donate can create and then share their personal donor webpage. In lieu of gifts for that person, friends and family can go to that page and donate money, which Bauer says will go towards "holiday meals, toys and basic necessities" for local people and families.
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