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SLAYTON -- Two more people have been arrested in connection with a Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force investigation into a marijuana grow operation discovered in Murray County earlier this month. Arrested Wednesday after execution of a search warrant were Robin Hope Easterday, 24, of Fulda, and Jeremy Fredrick Aguirre, 32, of Marshall.
It was smoke 'em if you got 'em for the last time in Minnesota bars Sunday night. And if you didn't have 'em, Horseshoe Billiards in Duluth was giving them away. The Lincoln Park/West End bar celebrated the last hours of legal smoking in bars with a disc jockey party that included songs like "Smokin' in the Boys Room,'' and owner Jerry Fredrickson offering plates of free cigarettes and cigars. They were going by the handful. "No doggie bags, please," a sign read. "We don't like it.
Lutefisk isn't nearly as bad as its reputation, according to bizarre foods aficionado Andrew Zimmern. The host of the Travel Channel program, "Bizarre Foods" had his first taste of the Scandinavian fish dish on Saturday in Cyrus. "It was more tame than I thought it would be," Zimmern said. "I don't know why lutefisk has such a bad reputation. It's very mild tasting. Although, it's texture is very off-putting." Zimmern and a production crew spent several hours in Cyrus on Saturday, filming at the Cozy Cafe.
Providing nearly 13,000 jobs and a $430 million direct economic benefit, American Indian casinos occupy a huge slice of Minnesota's economy. Depending upon which study and what year, tribally run casinos rank ninth to 11th on Minnesota's top employer list, which has the state of Minnesota itself as No. 1 and Target Corp. second. Yet it's one of the least understood industries and one that faces constant competition -- even over the ability to conduct Indian gaming as a sovereign right of the tribes.
LUVERNE, Minn. - Every town has its heroes. But something changes when your hometown heroes thrust the community into the national spotlight. Everybody brings their cameras. Last night this town hosted the world premiere of the highly anticipated Ken Burns film, "The War," a massive Word War II documentary. An early evening downpour cancelled the red carpet walk, a parade and a cover shoot for Newsweek magazine. It didn't dampen the enthusiasm.
WILLMAR -- A special legislative session could be held in the next couple weeks, according to Wilmar area legislators. Or it could not. "We are preparing for a special session," said Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar. "There's no question we need a special session ...
WORTHINGTON -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to fight the lawsuit filed on behalf of 10 Worthington Swift & Co. workers, according to ICE spokesman Tim Counts. Yet, the opposition seems secure in the knowledge their case will hold up. "The lawsuit has no merit," Counts said Thursday. "We will fight it vigorously in a court of law, and we will continue to enforce the nation's immigration laws." "We're fairly confident with what we have," countered Gloria Contreras Edin, executive director of Centro Legal Inc., which filed the civil suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court.
An Apple Valley, Minn., man was pronounced dead at Spooner Hospital by the Washburn County (Wis.)Coroner, Karen Baker. According to a news release from Washburn Sheriff Terry Dryden, deputies were dispatched to Big Bass Lake around 4 a.m. Sunday to respond to a possible drowning in Minong. Jason Lee Ehrnreiter, 33, and several others were diving or swimming off a private dock, when Ehrnreiter apparently dove off a dock in shallow water and drown. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Alcohol appears to be a contributing factor, according to the report.
Mike Chase and a Kenyon citizens' group were given the brush Thursday by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The PUC unanimously declined Chase's request that commissioners reconsider a permit they approved for a new nine-turbine wind farm in Kenyon and Cherry Grove townships. Goodhue County residents, many of whom drove an hour to St. Paul and took a day off work, were not given the chance to speak. "It was flat-out rude," said Chase, president of Citizens for Environmental Rights and Safety.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' pheasant index remains near its highest level in 20 years, thanks to favorable weather and habitat conditions. The pheasant index (107 birds per 100 miles of survey driven this year) topped 100 for the third consecutive year. Minnesota's pheasant season is Oct. 13 - Jan. 1. The daily bag limit is two roosters with a possession limit of six. Shooting hours are 9 a.m. to sunset. In each of the past two years, hunters harvested nearly 600,000 roosters, the most since 1964.