Taiwan Delegation Visits Minnesota Locations

(St. Paul, -- Leaders of a 20-member delegation from Taiwan signed a letter of intent during a ceremony today at the Minnesota state capitol to purchase an estimated $1.83 billion worth of U.S. corn and corn co-products in 2014-15.

The letter -- also signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) president Tom Haag – declares the Taiwan Feed Industry Association’s intent to purchase about 197 million bushels of corn and 500,000 metric tons of corn co-products such as dried distillers grains (DDG).

Reuben Linton II is named Player of the Week for a second straight week

Earlier this week the Minnesota College Athletic Conference released their weekly football awards and for the second straight week, Minnesota West sophomore running back Reuben Linton II has earned Player of the Week honors.

Bunge Agreement Terminated by MnSP

( -- In 2007 MnSP entered into a Management Services Agreement with Bunge North America, Inc.

In the terms of that agreement Bunge N.A. assisted MnSP in developing its own management and financial team and provided MnSP commercial and risk management services. That agreement was very beneficial to both MnSP and Bunge N.A.

Latest Iowa High School Football Rankings (10/9/13)

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school football poll. First-place votes are in parentheses, followed by record and total points.

1. Elk Horn-Kimballton Exira (9) 6-0 1319
2. Gilbertville-Don Bosco (4) 7-0 128
3. Newell-Fonda (1) 6-0 101
4. Adair-Casey 7-0 93
5. West Bend-Mallard 7-0 86
5. Springville 7-0 86
7. River Valley 6-0 58
8. Janesville 5-1 35
9. HLV, Victor 6-1 14
10. Coon Rapids-Bayard 6-1 13
Others receiving votes: Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 12, Glidden-Ralston 8, Lamoni 2, Fremont Mills 2, Twin Cedars 1

Class A

Linton named MCAC Player of the Week

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference has released their weekly Football awards and Minnesota West Bluejay sophomore Reuben Linton II has been named the MCAC Southern Division Special Teams Player of the Week

Linton, a sophomore from San Antonio, TX, racked up 117 punt return yards on 5 returns, 2 of which were returned for touchdowns from 57 and 55 yards out. Reuben Linton II also had 80 yards rushing on 10 carries and scored on a 14-yard TD run as the Minnesota West Bluejays picked up a 41-7 season-opening victory over Vermilion on Saturday (8/31).

Four to be inducted into Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association has named four men who will be
inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame this November.

The purpose of the MBCA Hall of Fame is to give special recognition to the people of Minnesota who have made significant contributions
to promote high school basketball in the state via their achievements and service.
The 2013 inductees are:
 Laurin Carroll – Luverne
 Vern Johnson– Grygla-Gatzke
 Ken Novak Jr. – Hopkins
 Bob Vaughan – Braham

The induction ceremonies will be held at the MBCA Hall of Fame Luncheon on Saturday,

Latest Minnesota Volleyball Rankings (10/9/13)

The latest Volleyball rankings by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association. First-place votes in parenthesis, followed by votes

Class 1A
1. Minneota (10) 206
2. Fillmore Central (4) 195
3. Southwest Christian (Chaska) 183
4. Win-E-Mac 161
5. Mabel-Canton 145
6. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 129
7. Bethlehem Academy 119
8. Nevis 67
9. Hayfield 44
10. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 39
Others receiving votes: Windom 31, Central Minnesota Christian 28, Southwestern United 24, Mayer Lutheran 20, Martin County West 14, Goodhue 12, Carlton 11, Medford 7, Ada-Borup 7

Class 2A

Tainted fuel damages vehicles in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD - Police are investigating hundreds of thousands of gallons of contaminated diesel fuel at two St. Cloud area gas stations that caused damage to several vehicles.

Investigators believe the tainted gas at First Fuel Bank locations on Lincoln Avenue SE in St. Cloud and Waite Park in mid-August was intentional.

Nearly 60 customers, including city workers driving recycling and fire trucks, pumped the bad diesel between Aug. 16 and Aug. 23. Many noticed problems with their vehicles within hours of leaving the gas stations.