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A Proctor man driving a motorized La-Z-Boy lounge chair hit a parked vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Dennis LeRoy Anderson, 62, pleaded guilty Monday in St. Louis County District Court to DWI in connection with the Aug. 31, 2008, incident in Proctor. There were no injuries. According to the criminal complaint, Anderson drove his motorized chair into a vehicle parked near a Proctor bar. Anderson told police he was traveling from the Keyboard Lounge after consuming approximately eight or nine beers.
Federal efforts to clean up laker emissions are fueling a heated debate throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway. "It's a threat to the economics of shipping on the Great Lakes," Adolph Ojard, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, said of rules recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA wants to wean older lakers off their diet of inexpensive No. 6 "bunker" fuel to reduce sulfur levels 50 percent in 2012 and help prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths.
More than 200 community members gathered at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center Wednesday to listen to Cordelia Anderson, a nationally known speaker and consultant. Anderson speaks all over the country about the prevention of child sexual exploitation and sexual violence, as well as strategies to strengthen individuals, families, business and communities. Anderson's focus was on normalization of violence and pornography through advertisements, video games, toys, clothing and more. She talked about a video game, Grand Theft Auto, which allows players to practice violence by shooting and k
Lawmakers from both sides of the Minnesota-Wisconsin border will discuss ways to reinstate a decades-old income tax reciprocity agreement severed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Legislators say they hear from constituents concerned about how Pawlenty's decision earlier this month will affect them. The Minnesota governor ended the interstate pact, in place since 1968, that allowed Minnesota and Wisconsin residents working in the other state to pay income taxes only in their home state. Without the deal, those workers will have to file in both states beginning in 2011.
Several years ago, the chair of the University of Minnesota Journalism Department felt me out about whether or not I would like to join its faculty as a writing teacher. I replied that sounded great, thinking about its famous grads, like Harry Reasoner, Eric Severaid, Max Shulman, et al. "Good," said the chair. "It'll be a tough sell, getting you accepted by the department?" How so, I asked. "You don't have any publications," he replied. "I most certainly do.
Dakota County Chief Deputy Sheriff Dave Bellows announced Monday he would seek the office of sheriff for Dakota County. His announcement came a week after current sheriff Don Gudmundson announced he would not seek another term. Bellows' career in law enforcement spans more than 30 years with two agencies. He started in 1980 as a patrol officer for the city of Lakeville, where he served for more than 19 years. During his time in Lakeville, he held many assignments, including detective, sergeant and lieutenant.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a convicted rapist for the 2003 kidnapping and killing of a University of North Dakota student in a case that led Minnesota and North Dakota to toughen their sex-offender laws. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., of Crookston, got a fair trial and rejected his bid to overturn his death sentence.
United Airlines made it official Tuesday: The carrier will launch twice-daily direct service between Duluth and Chicago on Dec. 17. Word of the new service leaked Sunday as United began to market tickets for the Duluth-Chicago flights online. The flights will be provided by SkyWest Airlines, a regional airline affiliate operating under the United Express banner.
A new angle on the Runestone hits national airwaves this weekend, putting Kensington on the map for history buffs. "The Holy Grail in America" is scheduled to air on The History Channel this Sunday, September 20 at 7 p.m.