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With all the anglers heading out across the land of 10,000 lakes for the walleye and northern fishing opener this weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging boaters to be careful. DNR officials warn one of the greatest threats anglers who are boating may encounter are cold water temperatures and cold water shock if their boat capsizes or they fall overboard. Because of the cold water temperatures officials say life vests are a must. "The shock of a fall into cold water is certainly one of the biggest hazards to early season anglers," said Tim Smalley, DNR boating safet
Smoke from the Ham Lake forest fire in the Arrowhead region of northern Minnesota is spreading across the region. A forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen says that a cold front that went through the area last night is to blame. "The cold front brought with it northerly winds which is pushing the smoke south," said Karen Trammel. Trammel said that the smoke is causing reduced visibility as far east as Wausau and Marshfield in Wisconsin.
A 36-year-old St. Peter woman has been named as the victim in a Thursday afternoon accident on Highway 35 in Pepin County, Wis. At around 2:30 p.m. Katie Rogers-Phillips was southbound on Highway 35 when she lost control of the 2005 Buick LeSabre she was driving, according to the Pepin County Sheriff's Department. The vehicle crashed through the guardrail and then overturned several times as it rolled down the steep embankment. Roger-Phillips was ejected from the vehicle and was declared dead at the scene by Christy Rundquist, the deputy Pepin County corner.
ST. PAUL - No single public safety issue has gripped Minnesota lawmakers this legislative session, but they are poised to approve $2 billion in spending on courts, the corrections system and anti-crime measures. A conference committee of House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on a public safety and judiciary finance bill that would spend about $1.8 billion from the state's general fund during the two-year budget period beginning July 1. The state budget could hit $35 billion. Both the House and Senate were planning to give the bill final approval today before sending it to Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a $334 million public works construction package today, telling leaders of the DFL-controlled Legislature the bill is "simply too large." "I have repeatedly communicated my expectations about the timing and the composition of the bill," Pawlenty wrote to House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis.
Sarah Nelson Carr, age 35, died at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y. on Sept. 9. Sarah's life will be celebrated at a memorial service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Hastings United Methodist Church, 615 W. 15th St., Hastings. Burial was in Montour Falls, N.Y.
Arlaine O. Franzmeier, age 67, of Coates, Minn., died May 19 in Farmington. The funeral servicewill be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley, MN 55124. Interment will follow in St. John's Cemetery - Rich Valley, Rosemount. Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 E. Seventh St., Hastings, and 1 hour prior to the service at church.
Cheryl Lynn Williams, 63, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, April 2, at Rochester Methodist Hospital. Cheryl was born in Austin, Minn., on Jan. 16, 1949, to Roland and Dorothy (Meyers) Nelson. She was raised in Lansing, Minn., and was a graduate of Austin High School in 1967. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, gardening, baking, entertaining, and sewing. She also enjoyed traveling, especially her fishing trips with special friends Nick, Kathy, and JoAnne.