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Two dozen lakes across Minnesota will become the sentinels for scientists to study how the state's waterways are handling an onslaught of problems including global warming, lakeside development, exotic species and polluted runoff. The sentinel lakes pilot project will begin in 2008 as a joint effort of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The lakes have been picked across four eco-regions in the state, from pristine border lakes to northern lakes and forests area, central hardwoods lakes and the "western corn belt prairie" lakes. Few lakes
Here's a trio of books about the cinema for the movie buff on your gift list. It's a mixed bag, but there's something here for just about everyone. I was especially taken by Jeanine Basinger's, "The Star Machine" (Knopf, $35). That's because I grew up in the 1940s when the star system was in full swing. When we kids talked about movies, we didn't talk about directors like the Coen brothers, or screenwriters like Dalton Trumbo. We talked about stars. "It's a Tyrone Power movie, so let's go!" "Joan Crawford. Ish!" "I'm in, like Errol Flynn!" "Lana Turner. Wow!
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns ice anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts to extra caution when going onto any lake that has aeration systems. "Open water areas created by aeration systems can shift or change shapes depending on weather conditions," said Marilyn Dunks, DNR aquatic biologist. "Leaks may develop in air lines creating other areas of weak ice or open water." Approximately 280 Minnesota lakes will have aeration systems operating on them this winter.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans soon can tell state officials what they think of a plan to add hundreds of miles of electric transmission lines across the state. A group of 11 utilities, led by Xcel Energy, has proposed building three high-voltage transmission lines in Minnesota and neighboring states, claiming they are needed to improve service and prepare for growing electricity demands. Utilities involved in the CapX 2020 project are seeking a critical document called a "certificate of need" for the project.
A gunman opened fire in a dormitory for young Christian missionaries in the Denver suburb of Arvada early Sunday, killing two of the center's staff members and wounding two others. Tiffany Johnson, 26, who grew up in Chisholm and graduated from Hibbing High School in 1999, died at a Denver hospital minutes after the shooting. The incident took place in a dormitory used by missionary training staff for the worldwide group Youth With a Mission.
As the Iron Range taconite industry expanded in the early 1970s, a temporary trailer park for hundreds of construction workers sprung up on the St. Louis County Fairgrounds in Hibbing.
A 47-year-old Alexandria man died early Wednesday morning after an apparent stabbing. His name has now been released - Delvaine Hecker. Police are investigating the case as a possible homicide, resulting from a domestic situation. A 911 call came into the law enforcement center at about 2:46 a.m. from a woman who told Douglas County dispatchers there was a knife and she needed help, according to the police report. When Alexandria police officers arrived on the scene, a residence at 1611 6th Avenue East, Lot E1 in Olson's Mobile Park, they found Hecker slumped over in a chair.
Red Wing resident Jerome Cody announced Wednesday that he was the winner in last week's $7 million Hot Lotto drawing. Cody, who fills up twice a week at Red Wing's Freedom Station on his way to work at a Hastings manufacturing plant, checked his ticket a week ago -- Thanksgiving Day -- and discovered the news. "I went back to the store on Thanksgiving morning and the clerk ran my ticket," the Smead Manufacturing employee said through a press release issued by his attorney. "The clerk informed me that she could not make the payout.
DULUTH -- The Lake Superior Zoo lost its only lion this week after 19-year-old Nemo had to be euthanized. Blood tests taken Monday showed liver and kidney failure, which is common in elderly cats, Lake Superior Zoo veterinarian Louise Beyea said. Though easier to replace than Bubba the polar bear, who died in July, Nemo also was an especially popular attraction at the zoo, said Sam Maida, the Lake Superior Zoo Society's executive director. The society helps run portions of the zoo. "He was very popular," Maida said.
CLEARBROOK -- Two Wisconsin maintenance workers were killed Wednesday when an oil pipeline being repaired near this Clearwater County town exploded and burned in a massive fire. The workers were not identified and the fire burned high and late overnight, and might burn for one to three days, officials said. A dozen or more workers fled the explosion and fire, one was covered in crude oil but not seriously injured, said Jeanine Brand, Clearwater County attorney and public information officer at the scene.