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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Chanhassen motel fire leaves one dead

CHANHASSEN, Minn.  --  A man is dead after an early-morning fire at a Chanhassen motel. 

Crews were called to the fire around 2 a.m. and found two units engulfed in flames.  One person was able to escape safely.  The victim has not yet been identified.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


The State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on Highway 15 in south-central Minnesota.  Troopers say two vehicles collided around 6 a-m today (Mon) about a mile south of the town of Winthrop.  A detour has been set up. No other information is available at this time.   


The Minnesota State Patrol is on the scene of deadly rollover near Eden Valley.  The incident happened around 9:30 this morning on Highway 55.  A pickup was traveling west when the driver lost control on the icy roadway and went into the ditch.  No other information is being released at this time.  The State Patrol is expected to release more details this afternoon. 


Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson announced today that he will seek a 13th term in the U.S. House.  The 7th District DFLer says there's plenty of work left to do including flood retention projects, implementing the farm bill and the highway construction act.  Peterson expects his race will be targeted by national Republicans, but he hopes to keep the campaign local.  He says he spent the past two or three months listening to people and every place he went what he heard was "you need to run for another term"..."we need you there." State Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake is the lone GOP candidate planning to challenge Peterson this fall. 


A bill that increases the working family credit for Minnesotans was heard today in the Senate Committee on Taxes.  It would make about 16,000 more Minnesotans eligible for the credit.  The bill also removes the two-tier calculation now being used for taxpayers with children, which Nan Madden of the Minnesota Budget Project says is more in line with the tax codes in other states.  The credit amount, income thresholds, and percentage by which the credit is reduced are all increased under this bill. The legislation has been laid over for possible inclusion in the tax bill.


A battle may be brewing over how we recycle bottles in our state.  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency released a report that calls for a switch to a 10-cent deposit on beverage containers, beliveing it would force more Minnesotans to recycle.  A coalition called "Recycle Smart Minnesota" is against the idea.  Spokesman Tim Wilken says the single-sort system is a better way of getting more Minnesotans to recycle.  He says St.Cloud saw a 33-percent increase and Minneapolis had a 58-percent increase when they went to single-sort.  About 60 percent of Minnesotans have access to the single-sort system.  A change to the 10-cent bottle deposit system would need legislative approval.  The bill is not expected to be introduced this session, but it could be brought up next year.