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The landmark Two Harbors Honking Tree that was cut down by vandals in April will be cut again, but this time by a chainsaw artist who will turn it into a lighthouse that will stand 10 feet or even 20 feet high. Those plans, unveiled by Mayor Randy Bolen at a Two Harbors Trees and Trails Commission meeting Thursday, should lay to rest any fears of what might have happened to it. The carved lighthouse would stand on Seventh Avenue in Two Harbors, across the street from the Dairy Queen.
Lawmakers from Minnesota and Wisconsin asked the states' governors Thursday to "immediately resume negotiations" on a potentially doomed income tax reciprocity agreement. In a joint letter to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Gov.
Ever since her twin great-grandchildren were born prematurely, Marjorie Sordahl has spent nearly every day doing something to help other preemies. Using donated yarn, Sordahl crochets soft stocking caps. Some are so tiny they would barely cover a walnut. The hats are given to premature babies born at St. Cloud Hospital, where her great-grandchildren were born 16 years ago. "The twins were just so little," she said.
The cost of the global war on terrorism has hit home hard. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Aaron James Taylor, 27, who graduated from Greenway High School in Coleraine, and Spc. George W.
WOODBURY, Minn. - Legislators from Minnesota-Wisconsin border communities said thousands of workers will suffer if the states cannot restore an income tax filing agreement. A group of lawmakers who discussed Monday a tax reciprocity agreement set to end this year said they will draft a letter to Govs. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Jim Doyle of Wisconsin urging continued talks ahead of a Nov.
I was born in 1974, so many of my formative years were spent in the 1980s. It was a confusing time. Women wore their hair high enough to take down passing aircraft, and it was considered acceptable -- sexy even -- for certain men to wear make-up and dress in stretchy, brightly-colored pants. I can't say I understood much of it. But maybe that's just because I didn't participate. While many of my peers got excited when future VH1 dating-show star Brett Michaels asked them to talk dirty to him, I was listening to "Weird" Al Yankovoic singing parody songs about ice cream and fat people.
Spirit Mountain ski area in Duluth is making a move to become a year-round destination with construction of an Alpine Coaster ride. The attraction would be open all year and whisk riders down a winding, 3,500-foot stainless steel track at speeds up to 26 mph. Riders, who are seat-belted in, can control the speed. When the ride down the 750-foot vertical drop is over, riders simply stay on the coaster and are pulled back up to the top of the hill. It would be only the fifth Alpine Coaster ride in the U.S., and the first one in the Midwest. "It's the coolest thing ever.
Patrice Hurd of Bemidji won a $25,000 grand prize Tuesday in Ocean Spray's third annual Ultimate Cranberry Recipe Contest. The results were announced during a private cocktail reception at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Prizes were awarded by celebrity chef Tyler Florence. Hurd, a veteran cooking contest participant, won the consumer division with her Cranberry Bacon Brunch Scones with Cranberry Pecan Cream Cheese recipe .
The city of Duluth filed suit in federal court Tuesday asking that the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa be forced to resume sharing its casino revenues with the city. In early August, band Chairwoman Karen Diver sent a letter to the city saying the band would stop sharing slot machine revenues from the Fond-du-Luth Casino, saying the contract between the two sides in the 1980s and renegotiated in the 1990s was entered into "under erroneous understandings that the city's consent was necessary to the creation of reservation land within the city." The letter also states that the city
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Highway crashes involving farm vehicles and equipment are rare, according to statistics from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. But, crashes do happen and can result in serious injury or death. According to department statistics, from 2006 to 2008, there were nine fatalities and 26 serious injuries from crashes involving farm vehicles. In 2008 alone, farm-related vehicles were involved in 127 crashes. Of those crashes, two resulted in fatalities, 43 in injuries and 82 in property damage.