Five things you need to know this week

Published 9:35 am Monday, February 14, 2011

Governor to unveil budget

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to unveil his first budget on Tuesday. Dayton has been fairly tight-lipped about what details to expect in the budget, which ultimately must erase a projected deficit of $6.2 billion. See the story on Page 2.

Big Freeze is this coming weekend

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There’s fun for all ages at the The Big Freeze at Frank Hall Park and Academy Park Friday through Sunday. Outdoor adventures include the cold snap auger race, snomobile radar runs, disc golf, the skydiving/tandem jump and polar plunge. The ice party Saturday night will include a hog roast and live music by Bad Monkey. Parking will be available at the pool parking lot and at Blazing Star Landing with shuttle services to the park.

‘Jeopardy!’ hype starts today

This week, millions will be watching “Jeopardy!” to see whether an IBM computer system named Watson can defeat the quiz show’s two best players ever.

Two games will be played during three shows, airing today through Wednesday. It airs locally on KIMT at 4:30 p.m.

The famous contestant is Ken Jennings, who, as a software engineer from Salt Lake City, won a record 74 straight games in 2004.

The other guy is Brad Rutter, 33, a Manheim Township High School grad who was working at a Lancaster record store in 2000 when he began a “Jeopardy!” streak of his own.

Girls’ hockey to battle Red Wing

After beating New Prague Friday at City Arena, the No. 4-seeded Albert Lea girls’ hockey plays at No. 1 Red Wing at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in the Section 1A semifinals. If Albert Lea wins, they’ll play at 5 p.m. Friday against No. 2 Northfield or No. 3 Faribault in the section finals at the Owatonna Four Seasons Center for a trip to their first state tournament in school history.

‘My Fair Lady’ enters 2nd week

Don’t miss the final weekend of “My Fair Lady” by the 17th Street Players at the Lighthouse Event Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available for $13 in advance at Marshall Street Music, Hy-Vee and Stadheim’s in Albert Lea and at the Coffee House in Austin or $15 at the door.