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An elementary school playground is not where you expect to find a group of students who are learning how to program computer games. Video game programming -- and game playing for that matter -- conjures images of dark basements and bedrooms, of hours in the dark hunched in front of a glowing screen. Not fresh air and sunshine. Not a game of tag on slides and swingsets. None of the nine kids in the class seems to mind the break, though. The fourth- through ninth graders spent much of their early afternoon Monday in front of laptops in the North Trail Elementary School media center.
A last-minute fill-in job judging 4-H projects in Scott County has turned into a long-term passion for Bernadette Haberle. Haberle, a Lakeville resident, just wrapped up a week of judging at the Dakota County Fair. She's been a fixture at the local fair and at other fairs around the Twin Cities for the past 25 years, ever since she was recruited to judge Cloverbud projects at the Scott County Fair. Over the years, Haberle has judged everything from rabbit interviews to canning, but it's the Cloverbuds and their projects she really loves.
It might seem like the end of the summer means the end of the mosquito season, but Minnesota Mosquito Control District employees caution against putting that bug spray away just yet. This summer hasn't been bad, as far as mosquitoes go. Though most yards could have used a little more rain, the lack of rain means fewer mosquito eggs have hatched and that means fewer of the blood sucking pests. But late summer is when a different type of mosquito starts to reproduce more abundantly. And that type is the dangerous one. It's the one often blamed for spreading the West Nile disease.
It looks like Brett Favre is coming back to the NFL after all. Several reports indicate that Favre is traveling from his home in Mississippi to the Twin Cities today, and could sign with the Minnesota Vikings this afternoon. Minnesota Coach Brad Childress confirmed the news to the Associated Press. ESPN says Favre will sign a contract today, assuming he passes a physical. The deal would be worth $10-12 million.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- With the ranks of retired teachers swelling, retirees want more input into state pension decisions. The Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement, meeting Wednesday in Bemidji, heard Sen.
GILFILLAN -- Serving in Congress has been like "drinking from a fire hose" since the new farm bill became law last May, Rep. Collin Peterson said Tuesday at Farmfest. The 28th annual farm show kicked off Tuesday morning and Peterson and Rep. Tim Walz, both Democrats, kept the rapid-fire pace up by discussing the economy, government stimulus actions, health care, the economy and cap-and-trade legislation under the big forum tent. The congressmen were not joined by Sens.
OLIVIA -- The body of Spc. James Wertish will arrive at the Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday. Wertish, 20, of rural Olivia, was one of three Minnesotan soldiers killed in a missile attack near Basra, Iraq on the evening of July 16. They were all were all members of the 34th Military Police Company, 34th Infantry "Red Bulls" Division. Wertish's body is scheduled to arrive at about 10:25 a.m. Thursday at the National Guard Base in St. Paul. The body will be met by family and a Military Honor Guard.
WILLMAR -- On July 16, just before 9:15 p.m. Iraqi time, Spc. Jacob Benson, 22, of Willmar was talking with his three closest friends and fellow National Guard soldiers at a military base near Basra, Iraq, when a rocket hit, sending him flying. "I hit the ground, and I got back up," he said. What he found were his friends -- Spc. James Wertish, 20, of rural Olivia, Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV, 27, of Cottage Grove, and Spc. Daniel P. Drevnick, 22, of Woodbury -- all on the ground, dying. Staff Sgt. Blake Hayden called in an ambulance.
A reprint of a 1990 book just re-done by the University of Minnesota Press makes me feel very good. Very good indeed. See, when I was growing up only rich people went fishing for game fish in the Great Lakes, the not-so-great lakes and trout streams like the Brule. Those of us poor people who were nearly landlocked had to settle for the muddy little stream that flowed through our towns. My river was the Trempealeau, where municipalities, cheese factories, creameries and slaughterhouses had been dumping raw sewage, whey, cow guts into it for decades.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS -- Traffic was moving quickly and the line was short at the Canadian border crossing here Monday, the first day passports were required for entry into the U.S. It appeared nearly everyone trying to enter the U.S. via Minnesota's four major crossings was aware of the new regulation, said Marty Eide, area port director. "We're at about 5 percent noncompliance across Warroad, Baudette, International Falls and Grand Portage," Eide said at midday Monday. "It's going very well.'' The same report came from other U.S.