Is The Budget Balanced
Paperless In Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A new initiative will move Minnesota courts from paper files to the electronic age. The Minnesota Judicial Council is requiring all courts to eventually go paperless. In Olmsted County District Court administrator Chuck Kjos says the office will run out of floor space for files in about six to eight months. The eCourtMN Initiative could take 5 years or more to implement. Kjos says the number one concern is keeping a high level of security with court documents, once paperless. Court Administrator Sue Dosal says the project is the most comprehensive reengineering effort yet undertaken by the Minnesota Judicial Branch. Eventually, documents could be available in the courtroom through a computer that's called ``Session Works.''
Man In Jail After 7 Hour Standoff
A Missouri man who held several police agencies at bay early Sunday morning is still in jail on a $500 cash bond. 22 year old Kenneth Roark made his first court apearance in Monroe County today. A formal complaint has not yet been filed....but initial charges Roark faces in the 7 hour standoff at the Super 8 Motel in Tomah, include suspicion of endangering safety while intoxicated with a firearm, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon. Tomah police were responding to a report of an intoxicated armed man Sunday morning around 2:30. After 15 rooms were cleared out, Roark was finally brought out of his motel room after officers flushed him out with chemical agents. Roark was staying at the motel as part of a crew that's building a sand mine in the area. He will be back in court early next month.
Anti Abortion Protest Brings Out Hundreds
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Rep. Michele Bachmann made her first appearance in Minnesota since dropping out of the Republican presidential race, speaking at an annual anti-abortion protest at the state Capitol. Hundreds of people opposed to legal abortion came by school buses from across the state Sunday to mark the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. The rally was sponsored by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. Bachmann predicted to the crowd that next year's event will be a celebration following November elections that she says will end abortion. She hasn't said if she'll run for fourth term in her congress, representing suburbs north and east of the Twin Cities. In response to a question from a reporter, she says she'll give interviews soon on the subject.
New DMV Centers Open MOnday
Starting today, three more Wisconsin communities will have state motor vehicle service centers. They’ll be located at Alma in Buffalo County, Viroqua in Vernon County, and a location in Menominee County.
The new state budget requires all 72 counties to have at least one DMV
service center. The main purpose is to make it easier for people to get photo
I-D’s, so they can use them to vote under the state’s new identification
The agency is also expanding service in most of its centers around the state to at least 20 hours per week. That requirement is also in the state budget.