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Other notable news stories in ’07

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Some other notable Minnesota stories of 2007:

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GOVERNMENT:

—Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed one of the most aggressive renewable energy standards in the country, the so-called "25-25" initiative that calls for utilities to generate 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources like wind by 2025.

—The federal government denied a $2.3 billion loan request for the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern railroad, which wants to add 260 miles of track — some of it across southern Minnesota — into Wyoming coal country.

—Minnesota Health Commissioner Dianne Mandernach resigned after months of criticism for her decision to delay the release of cancer data about miners on the Iron Range.

—Congress approved a bill aimed at strengthening pool safety after 6-year-old Abigail Taylor of Edina had part of her intestinal tract torn out by a wading pool drain’s powerful suction.

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POLITICS:

—U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, took the ceremonial oath with a Quran once owned by Thomas Jefferson.

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—Voters in 99 school districts faced school levy referenda in the November elections — the highest number of operating levy requests in six years. Sixty-one of the districts won on all questions, 32 lost out entirely and six had a split verdict on the multiple questions they had on the ballot.

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BUSINESS:

—Former UnitedHealth CEO William McGuire agreed to give back hundreds of millions of dollars in tainted stock options in the company’s backdating scandal.

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SPORTS:

—Perennial All-Star Kevin Garnett left the Minnesota Timberwolves after 12 seasons in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics. Garnett led the Wolves to the Western Conference finals in 2005, but his teams never won a championship.

—Another sports icon, Twins centerfielder Torii Hunter, chose California over Minnesota, signing a $90 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

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OTHER:

—All but one of the sextuplets born to Ryan and Brianna Morrison of St. Louis park died. Son Sylas survived.

—Veterans dedicated a glass-and-granite tribute on the Capital grounds to Minnesotans who served in World War II. In Luverne, filmmaker Ken Burns resurrected the columns of newspaper publisher Al McIntosh to help narrate his 14-hour documentary about the war.

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