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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.
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.