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Dakota County Sheriff Don Gudmundson announced Sept. 21 he will not seek re-election in 2010. Gudmundson was first elected in 1995. He indicated he had made the decision with his family months ago. Before becoming Dakota County sheriff, Gudmundson was a member of the Detroit Police Department, was sheriff in Fillmore County, and was the police chief in Lakeville.
The tourism folks in Grand Marais are having a bit of fun these days with the theft of a faux gull that was perched on the city's billboard along Interstate 35 in Pine County. "He was perched there, welcoming people north. And now it's just this little tangled yellow feet - so we're pretty sure he didn't just up and fly away," reports the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association. Grand Marais Mayor Sue Hakes has vowed to pull out all the stops to get to the bottom of the crime. The caper is the subject of Facebook updates.
People are used to calling 911 when they have an emergency, but starting next week Dakota County residents can expect the county's emergency dispatch center to return the favor. On Sept.
The Cash for Clunkers program, or Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), has been parked for good and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has judged it to be a "wild success." It was also a wild success for some local dealers. Bruce Wiitanen, vice president of Juettner Motors in Alexandria, said, "In terms of selling cars, the program was very successful.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Suffer from a bad case of acne? That could disqualify you from joining the Army National Guard. Too many speeding tickets? In today's slimmer, smarter Guard, that could keep you out, too. Under pressure from the Pentagon to trim its ranks, the Guard has been quietly phasing in new restrictions that make it harder to enlist. "To get in now, you have to be the cream of the crop," said Sgt.
TWIN LAKES TOWNSHIP -- The largest active construction project in Minnesota is officially under way after a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday for the Enbridge Energy pipeline that will carry Canadian crude oil across the state to Superior. With a landscape of neatly stacked pipes as a backdrop, Enbridge officials joined local, state and tribal political and business leaders in Carlton County on Wednesday in a gravel pit used as a giant pipe marshalling yard. "This is a pipeliner's dream ...
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - A woman walked up to the Jacobs Lefse Bakeri booth at the Minnesota State Fair with a simple question: "How do you get it not to stick?" Jack Jacobs, who has heard that question thousands of times, was happy to give her the secret: "You are always rolling in flour." The key to avoiding the woman's sticky rolling pin situation is to sprinkle flour on lefse dough before rolling it and again about half-way through, Jacobs explained. He should know.
For Maurices, growth was aided by the recession. The reason?
WILLMAR -- Every year, the offices that process driver's licenses, vehicle tabs, title transfers and boat licenses send about $1 billion to the state in the form of fee-generated revenue. Yet those offices -- some run as a private enterprise -- are struggling to operate in the black.