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A homeowner doing renovation work at 601 Davis Avenue in Detroit Lakes got a scare Sunday evening when he pulled up flooring and discovered bones and a remnant of fabric -- that looked like it could have once been clothing -- in a crawl space under the house. He called police, who asked a local medical officer to determine if the pieces of bone were human, according to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena. The medical officer wasn't sure if the bones were human, so the on-duty sergeant talked to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which agreed to send a team to the scene to assist
Seven years have passed since Minnesota last raised fishing license fees, and Department of Natural Resources officials are weighing whether to ask for an increase during the current legislative session. "It's still uncertain at this time. We're still crunching the numbers," said Dave Schad, director of the DNR's Division of Fish and Wildlife. Typically, the DNR increases hunting and fishing license fees about every six years, just to keep up with rising costs. The last increase came in 2001.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators are considering whether to tighten dangerous dog laws after some well-publicized Minneapolis attacks. Lawmakers are talking about regulations as strict as banning some breeds in the state. Other proposals are aimed at dog owners instead of specific breeds. The House Public Safety and Civil Justice Committee could hear up to four dog-related bills Tuesday. A proposal to ban certain dog breeds, authored by Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St.
GRANITE FALLS -- War came home to Granite Falls on Wednesday afternoon with what one witness called "a deafening silence." Hushed conversations turned utterly silent as a procession of fire and police vehicles led a hearse carrying the body of Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Ryan Kahler. Vehicles carrying teary-eyed family members of the deceased serviceman rolled quietly by the hundreds of people who lined the route through town. "When it is in your backyard, it takes on a different perspective. This is really very difficult," said Gene Stukel.
LUVERNE -- A tentative date of July 23 has been set for the trial of Randy Leeroyal Swaney, the man accused of murdering Blue Mound State Park worker Carrie Nelson in May 2001. Swaney sat quietly in Rock County District Court Wednesday, surrounded by his team of three attorneys, while public defender Louis Kuchera argued his motion for a change of venue. Kuchera told Judge Timothy Connell there was extensive media coverage of Nelson's murder and naming of suspect Swaney, which would cause prejudice in a jury. "There was coverage about how the small community of Luverne was shaken by this ev
ST. PAUL - The leading Democratic candidates in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race said record turnout at Tuesday's precinct caucuses bodes well for their campaigns. Attorney Mike Ciresi and satirist Al Franken are competing with college professor Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer for their party's endorsement. Perennial candidate Dick Franson also is in the race.
ST. PAUL - Barack Obama and Mitt Romney liked Tuesday's precinct caucus results, but some political leaders already are looking to other ways for Minnesotans to pick their presidential hopefuls. As both political parties brag about turnout, stories abound about woes caucus goers encountered when trying to attend the caucuses.
Minnesota hunters will be allowed to harvest snow geese, including blue-phased and the smaller Ross' geese March 1 to April 30, as part of a federal conservation order. The state spring harvest of light geese varies dramatically from a few hundred to 6,000, depending on weather conditions.
WINDOM -- Minnesota Sen.