STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Legislative notebook: Farmers look to add butanol as biofuel
By Don Davis
Minnesota farmers soon could produce a new biofuel, butanol.
We see Minnesota as being a tremendous place to produce butanol, said Adam Schubert of Butamax, a company formed by BP Petro... Posted on 2/27/13 at 6:29 PM
STAFF BLOG NIE ROCKS! What are the synthetic drugs in our area?
There has been a lot of talk about synthetic drug use in our area recently. Two teen-aged males died apparently from overdosing on synthetic drugs in the month of June. These were two separate cases.
... Posted on 6/28/12 at 3:24 PM
Ryan Lane, formerly of Grand Forks, may soon agree to change his plea to guilty in a wide-ranging federal case alleging an international conspiracy to make and sell synthetic hallucinogens blamed for killing two teens in Grand Forks last June.
In its ongoing efforts to combat the sale and use of synthetic drugs, the Duluth City Council passed ordinances Monday night that require retailers of the products to be licensed by the city and that make it illegal for anyone to smoke, ingest, inject or snort any product that’s labeled as being not for human consumption. Synthetic drugs typically bear such a warning.
Next week the city will host Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and a special Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs appointed by House Speaker Paul Thissen to develop legislative recommendations.
North Dakota Supreme Court justices are considering whether police officers illegally seized and searched a package in a synthetic drug case that resulted in the conviction of two Mandan business owners.
A man connected to a Grand Forks drug ring pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to distribute synthetic drugs blamed for the deaths of two teens, a federal charge that carried a mandatory life sentence if he were convicted.
For the first time, federal prosecutors have charged people outside the Grand Forks area in the synthetic drug conspiracy blamed in the deaths of two teenagers and for sending others to the hospital this summer.
A federal judge Monday sentenced Wesley Sweeney to 12.5 years in prison for his confessed role in providing synthetic hallucinogens that led to the death of Christian Bjerk and the hospitalization of a 15-year-old boy in Grand Forks in June.
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