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When the Soo Locks open each year, lakers are usually lined up waiting to get through and begin a new shipping season. But that's not likely to happen when the locks open this year on March 25. The crew of the James R. Barker doesn't plan to leave the ship's winter berth at Midwest Energy Resources Co. in Superior until March 29 -- a full four days after the Soo Locks begin operating.
OLIVIA -- Glen Rohlik is like a growing number of farmers these days.
Kellie Ann Lundon-Cormican, 39, of Crookston, was sentenced by Distritct Judge Michael Kraker today to 119 months in prison, with just over 79 months served, for five counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charges stem from incidents in August and November 2007 when she had sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy. She pleaded guilty to the charges in December, under an agreement that five first-degree charges were dropped. She will have 10 years of supervised release after her time served and will register as a sex offender.
FARGO, N.D. -- Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Dewey will be transferred by plane Thursday morning to Denver, Colo., where he will receive rehabilitation at Craig Hospital, Englewood, Colo. "Chris continues to make progress," said Dr. William Klava, MeritCare physical medicine in a press release. "He is showing signs of promising neurological recovery. I remain cautiously optimistic about long-term gains."
Minnesota House bill that would prevent registered sex offenders from using social networking Web sites passed through two committees and is now awaiting inclusion in the public safety omnibus bill, said the bill's chief author, Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove. The bill would make it illegal for registered sex offenders to use Web sites like Facebook and MySpace and gaming Web sites that allow them to chat with other players. Registered sex offenders are already subject to warrantless searches of their homes, bodies and cars, Bigham said. This legislation would extend that to computers.
It's official: The big blue bridge across the Mississippi River in Hastings will be coming down. For many, that may have already seemed like a given, but due to its age and eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places, Minnesota Department of Transportation bridge engineers had to consider rehabilitating the current bridge as part of the scoping study that looked at the future of the river crossing. What those engineers decided was that in order to keep the current bridge operational for the next 75 years, they would not only have to replace or refurbish almost every piece of the
Republicans have introduced bills that would ban abortions designed to select a sex of a child and forbid human cloning. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life supports the efforts. "Minnesotans shake their heads in disbelief when they learn that an unborn child can be killed in Minnesota solely because of his or her sex," said MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach.
Steven J. Swenson, age 57 of Farmington, passed away peacefully at his home on Feb. 26, 2009. Steve was a teacher for the Rosemount School District. Funeral service 11 a.m. Monday, March 2 at the Farmington Lutheran Church, 20600 Akin Rd, Farmington with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Sunday also at church, and one hour prior to service. Interment Farmington Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials will be donated to the Farmington Lutheran Church. White Funeral Home, Farmington. 651-463-7374, www.whitefuneralhomes.com
On Independence Day this summer, the Clelia II will slip into Duluth's harbor and tie up near the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Then 100 passengers will be shuttled to the Great Lakes Aquarium, where they'll go through a U.S. Customs check. It might not seem significant, but that customs check could usher in a new era in cruise boat tourism for Duluth. It will mark the first time a cruise is starting or ending in Duluth. Cruise ships have made stops in Duluth before, but they haven't started or concluded journeys here. "This is pretty big to have the exchange of passengers.
ST. PAUL - Al Franken's campaign wants to remove a pile of northwestern Minnesota ballots from the U.S. Senate election tally as Norm Coleman's team nears the end of its court case. The Democrat's campaign said 61 Becker County ballots should be removed from the election tally because local officials did not follow state law about ballot documentation and storage. New evidence was found in recent weeks indicating the votes, which favored Coleman, should not have been counted, Franken's campaign said Monday.