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After almost 30 years, LeRoy Chiovitte's state walleye record remains untouchable. Chiovitte, of Hermantown, caught his 17-pound, 8-ounce state record on the Seagull River where it enters Saganaga Lake on May 13, 1979. The weather was cold that year, and many walleyes spawned late. Chiovitte had caught a 12½-pounder on Saturday, the season opener, that was spawned out. He hooked his 17½-pounder at about 8 a.m. on Sunday. Although catch-and-release fishing was coming on, Chiovitte and his friends weren't releasing many walleyes.
ST. PAUL - Tom Pawlenty's campaign Web site is undergoing an update, fueling speculation that he may seek a third term as Minnesota's governor. The two-term Republican governor has not said whether he plans to run again, but it might appear that way after rolling out his new www.timpawlenty.com . A Pawlenty video welcomes people and a form next to the video asks visitors to "join the team." It also features a large red box where visitors can click to contribute to his campaign. The site is to continue its overhaul over the next few weeks.
ST. PAUL -- Most nursing homes are spared big budget cuts and low-income Minnesotans on government health insurance remain covered under Democratic lawmakers' health-care spending proposals. Protecting government-subsidized health insurance for the poor is a key priority for the DFL-controlled House and Senate, the committee chairmen said as they prepare their spending bills for final votes. "We're not kicking anybody off health care like the governor wanted," said Rep. Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth, the House health-care finance chairman. Gov.
As I've mentioned before, I love to read books that embrace a specific locale. In fact I got started reading when I was in high school and someone told me about Sinclair Lewis, a writer who grew up in a small town, like me.
IN SOUTHERN CARLTON COUNTY -- Bob Krepps had a quick decision to make. It was just before dawn Wednesday morning, and Krepps, of Duluth, had to decide where he was going to hunt turkeys. Minnesota's spring wild turkey season opened Wednesday for its first five-day period, and Krepps, 65, was standing among hardwoods in southern Carlton County where he had done lots of preseason scouting. He knew a gobbler had been hanging out among the oaks there.
ST. PAUL - State payments to Minnesota ethanol producers have little impact on the industry anymore, so could be eliminated, an independent audit concluded. But lawmakers said corn-based ethanol producers, recipients of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds over the past two decades, have been good for Minnesota's economy and were pledged the payments, so should not be cut off. The suggestion that Minnesota end its annual payments to ethanol producers came in a report on biofuels released Friday by the Minnesota legislative auditor.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota DFL legislative leaders delivered a strong message to GOP Gov.
WILLMAR -- It's just after 9 a.m. on a recent weekday, along County Road 2 just north of Atwater. Kandiyohi County Patrol Sgt. Matt Akerson turns on the radar in his patrol car and sees that an oncoming semi truck is going 61 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone. Akerson turns the squad around, activates the squad's emergency lights and the truck pulls over.
ST. PAUL - Norm Coleman says a constitutional principle, ensuring all voters are treated equally, drives his continuing U.S. Senate election fight. The former senator said his appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court about the 2008 election outcome, which he plans to file Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning, will offer a full airing of his key objection to the recent election trial. The crux of the appeal, Coleman said, will be that under the U.S.
A Bemidji family has a White House canine connection. Ruby, a 2-year-old Portuguese water dog owned by Julie Quanrud and her husband, Ric Meixell, is the half-sister of President Barack Obama's new family dog, Bo. "I was suspicious because the muzzle is the same," Quanrud said, adding that she became even more suspicious when she saw the Obama family's dog had the exact same white markings as Julius, a full sibling of Ruby's. After discovering that Ruby and Bo have the same father -- Valkyrie's Dr.