Minnesota Spring Burning Restrictions
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will place burning restrictions over the central part of the state beginning April 14 because fire danger is expected to rapidly increase as winds pick up and snow continues to melt.
These counties will be included in the initial burning restrictions: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Hennepin, Isanti, Otter Tail, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Washington and Wright.
The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste.
Spring fire restrictions limit open burning until summer green up occurs. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May. More than 95 percent of these fires are caused by human error.
Soupfest, Chili Cook-off rules relaxed with passing of bill
A bill has passed in both the House and the Senate that area lawmakers are calling a “common sense” approach to local chili cookoffs and soup festivals.
The bill, which gives non-profit chili cookoffs and soup festivals an exception to some of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) regulations, will soon be on Governor Mark Dayton’s desk for signing.
In recent years MDH cracked down on festivals like Crosslake’s SoupFest and Crosslake Days Chili Cookoff, requiring that all meat be prepared either on-site or in a commercially approved kitchen, then brought up to a certain temperature on-site where it would be served.
The rules had hindered not only the level of participation but also the quality of the soup and chili that was prepared in the contests, said Cindy Myogeto, director of the Crosslake office of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce.
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