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Proposal by Winery in Waconia Draws Support, Skepticism

A proposal by the owner of a winery in Waconia is attracting both support and skepticism.

Terri Savaryn owns Sovereign Estate Wine. She's asking for things she says other wineries in the state get. Savaryn wants to update the winerie’s business permit from when the business started in 2011, so the business can grow for years to come.

FEMA Officials Continue Damage Inspections Across State

Some areas of Minnesota were hit with heavy rain over the weekend, with the area just south of Hastings receiving more than 6 inches of rain in about a 7 hour period.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is on the ground, re-inspecting damage caused by June floods.

At Issue - Aug. 17: Look Ahead to General Election, Property Taxes

In this week’s edition of At Issue, the winner of the GOP primary for governor is in studio. Host Tom Hauser looks ahead to the general election.

Also, how much could property taxes go up in St. Paul and Minneapolis?

Johnson Wins GOP Governor Primary

Minn. Agency: Warm Weather Brings Out Algae

Blue Green Algae - Photo: Sherburn County

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the recent stretch of warm, calm weather has brought good conditions for blue-green algae in lakes.
    
The St. Cloud Times reports that this year the heavy rains in May and June washed a large amount of nutrients into Minnesota lakes and streams. Those nutrients, including phosphorus, help feed the algae growth.

INTERVIEW: Minnesota State Fair Preview

The Minnesota State Fair starts in four days!

The fair, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, attracts around 1.8 million guests each year.

KSTP sat down with Brienna Shutte to talk about some of the new things to see and do out there this year.

Despite 'Move Over' Law, Tow Truck Drivers Feel Unsafe

Nearly 80 first responders and tow truck drivers are killed at traffic scenes on average each year, according to the U.S. National Towing Association.

That figure includes 12 police officers, seven fire and rescuers and 60 tow truck drivers.

Marc Daluge, a tow truck driver in Buffalo, says he was hit by a driver in 2012.

Emergency Haying, Grazing Approved in 7 Counties

Photo: AP/Danny Johnston -

Farmers in seven Minnesota counties have been cleared for emergency haying and grazing on acres enrolled in Conservation Reserve Program.
    
The federal Farm Service Agency says excessive rain has caused a severe shortage of available forage for livestock producers in those counties, particularly in south-central Minnesota.