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An ex-University of Minnesota Duluth men's hockey player pleaded guilty Monday morning to sexually assaulting a female UMD student at her home. St. Louis County prosecutors agreed to drop two more serious sexual assault charges against Blair Noel LeFebvre, 23, of Prince George, B.C.
WORTHINGTON -- Now that Republican attorney general hopeful Jeff Johnson has survived the primaries, he's visiting communities to spread his political message -- one that involves keeping children safe, with emphasis on fighting methamphetamine and sexual predators. He is promoting tracking released Level II and III predatory sex offenders by utilizing the Global Positioning System (GPS), something used with varying degrees of success in almost half of the states in the United States. His plan uses the technology of GPS and involves offenders on supervised release wearing an ankle bracelet a
PIPESTONE -- Cattle producers from across southwest Minnesota are being asked to help the state regain its tuberculosis-free status. On Monday, officials from the state Board of Animal Health (BAH), U.S. Department of Agriculture and a local veterinarian were on hand in Pipestone to explain the process of a statewide testing campaign to start this fall. Minnesota lost its 1971-issued TB-free status on July 12, 2005, after a beef herd in Roseau County tested positive for bovine TB infection.
NEBISH -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty should call for a summit of northern Minnesota wood products companies to find a way to save jobs, Attorney General Mike Hatch said here Saturday night. And if he won't, Hatch said he will. The call comes a day after Ainsworth Lumber Co. said it is suspending production at its plants in Cook and Grand Rapids, laying off 300 workers. On Aug.
Two people were found dead and a third shot by sheriff deputies at a West Lakeland home early Friday morning. The Washington County (Minn.) Sheriff's Office reported that a member of the countywide special response, or SWAT team, had shot a man suspected of breaking into a home in the 12400 block of 9th Street North. Sheriff Steve Pott reported that deputies arrived at the home at about 4:30 a.m. Sept. 22 after an emergency call from a neighbor's home.
ST. PAUL - Peter Hutchinson brought two supporters dressed as ducks to the Capitol Wednesday as he accused his major opponents of ducking debates. "The people of Minnesota are being cheated out of the opportunity to interview their candidates," Independence Party governor candidate Hutchinson said of GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Mike Hatch, state attorney general and DFL candidate for governor. Shortly after Hutchinson's comments, Gov. Tim Pawlenty's campaign released a list of five more debate invitations he has accepted.
A federal judge in California, in the second phase of a landmark water pollution decision, has given the federal Environmental Protection Agency two years to start regulating the discharge of ballast water from ships. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco in April 2005 ordered the EPA to immediately repeal regulations exempting ship operators from having to obtain permits that regulate the discharge of pollution. She issued a follow-up order Monday.
Another animal protection group has sued the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, saying the state has done little or nothing to stop accidental trapping of federally protected animals. The California-based Animal Protection Institute filed suit in federal court in Minneapolis Wednesday to stop the agency from continuing to violate the federal Endangered Species Act by allowing trappers to use traps and snares that injure and sometimes kill lynx, wolves and eagles. In April, the group sent a letter of intent to sue the DNR in an effort to negotiate changes in trapping rules.
Two men said to be illegal aliens from Mexico are in custody after being stopped in Babbitt for a traffic violation. The two men were apprehended Sept. 14 by Babbitt police on a routine traffic stop, according to Lonny Schweitzer, a U.S. Border Patrol assistant chief in Grand Forks, N.D. The arrests are part of what Babbitt Police Chief Terry Switajewski sees as a growing number of illegal aliens in the area. ``We've seen more Hispanic workers in this area in the last few years,' Switajewski said.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's two major U.S. Senate candidates found little agreement on health care Tuesday night during a debate focusing on elderly issues. While Democrat Amy Klobuchar called for allowing self-employed Americans and small business owners to buy into a federal government health insurance program, Republican Mark Kennedy said a government solution like that would not work. "We need to put patients and doctors in charge," Kennedy said. Individuals who buy health-care insurance should receive tax credits, Kennedy said.