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The Becker County Sheriff's Office has released the identification of the human remains found by a hunter in Wolf Lake Township on Nov. 3. The remains were identified as Jerome Wayne Easler, formerly of Chatfield. Easler was reported missing in Wadena County on Sept. 22, 2005. The Becker County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner believe the wound was self-inflicted and found no evidence of foul play. According to the Becker County Sheriff's Office, Easler lived in Menahga for a short time.
WILLMAR -- A multi-faceted plan that would provide $70 million in new money for economic development in rural Minnesota could help counties with high unemployment and low population be better prepared for the future. The state has invested in education and health care, but hasn't dedicated the same kind of resources to economic development, said Dan McElroy, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The Strategic Entrepreneurial Economic Development plan, known as SEED, would help balance the investment. The SEED initiative is one of Gov.
ST. PAUL - Information about the state's former transportation emergency management director is being given to the attorney general and Ramsey County attorney for possible criminal charges. The legislative auditor today said Sonia Morphew Pitt of Red Wing, a state employee since 1992, misused $26,000 in taxpayer funds in the past two years. Minnesota Department of Transportation officials earlier fired Pitt for the alleged misuse of money and for failing to return to Minnesota for 10 days after the Aug. 1 Minneapolis bridge collapse.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann from Minnesota's Sixth District put the emphasis on the country's economic health and growth when she spoke to the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary group at Joseph's Restaurant Tuesday morning. Bachmann noted the improved health of the country's economy since tax cuts went into effect in 2003, saying that the country's economy has tripled its growth rate since then. Previous to the tax cuts, the country was losing jobs; now it is adding jobs to its employment rolls, she said.
Pheasant hunting will be allowed on a portion of the Vermillion Highlands Research, Recreation and Wildlife Management Area in Dakota County from Dec. 10, 2007, through Jan. 1, 2008. Hunting will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Designated pheasant hunting parking spaces will be available in parking lots. If a space is open, a person may park and go hunting. If all slots are occupied with vehicles, the individual must come back at another time. Roughly the two southern sections (13 and 14) will be open for pheasant hunting.
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As the state's deer firearms season opens Nov. 3, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to follow safety guidelines. Each year, the majority of hunting accidents are the result of incorrect or careless use of tree stands. "Deer hunting is historically a safe sport, but only if hunters exercise caution and follow tree stand safety guidelines," said DNR Chief Conservation Officer Col.
Hunters in the field for this weekend's firearms deer opener are reminded that it remains illegal to shoot gray wolves, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Federal officials removed the gray wolf, commonly referred to as the timber wolf, from the endangered species list earlier this year, and the DNR assumed management authority. State law classifies the gray wolf as a protected wild animal. In the early 1970s, the extreme northeastern portion of Minnesota boasted the only population of gray wolves in the lower 48 states.
A man suspected of robbing at gunpoint a Hudson, Wis., bank Wednesday morning apparently shot himself after being cornered in a Lakeview Hospital parking lot in Stillwater. The suspect, who was not identified, died from his injury. He is believed also to have robbed at gunpoint a bank in Hudson last Friday. Police declined to disclose the amounts stolen or detailed information about the weapon used. At 10:08 a.m., Hudson Police received a report of an armed robbery in progress at Associated Bank at 307 Second Street.