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A tiny creature rarely seen by most northern Minnesota residents is showing up in local lakes this year, probably because of high water temperatures and low water levels. Freshwater jellyfish have been reported in a few area lakes in recent weeks, with samples taken from at least two lakes. While they have been around for years, most people have never seen one because they spend most of their lives as underwater polyps that live on or near lake bottoms.
A familiar sound has been noticeably absent on Duluth's waterfront. The port's old diaphone foghorn has not issued a single bellow all season. And on Tuesday, members of TOOT, the nonprofit group that owns the horn, began dismantling the massive brass, steel and iron beast. Eric Ringsred, one of TOOT's founders, blames the city and the U.S. Coast Guard for the foghorn's demise. ``We're removing it because of a total lack of commitment,' he said.
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.
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
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.
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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.