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WILLMAR -- Ian Zondervan, 16, of Willmar, was arraigned Monday and pleaded not guilty to one felony count of possessing pornographic work after an undercover Internet investigation revealed that his computer was the source of a child pornography movie file. The undercover investigation began March 19 when a Minneapolis officer working with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force found a movie with a sexually suggestive title and featured a naked girl, between the ages of 9 and 12, performing a sexual act on camera. The officer identified 14 additional pornographic files at the same I
Two people died and two were injured in a head-on collision Tuesday morning on Highway 59 near Mahnomen. No names were released Tuesday evening pending notification of relatives. The driver of the first vehicle (a 1992 Buick LeSabre) was an 81-year-old Bejou resident.
An east Woodbury family has been temporarily displaced from its home after it was set afire by a lightning strike early Tuesday morning. The strong storm system that swept across the Twin Cities late on Monday hit Woodbury at about 11:30 p.m. Shortly after midnight, a home on the 2200 block of Fieldstone Curve was struck by lightning. The family in the home did not detect anything wrong at the time, said Greg Schlichting, Woodbury assistant fire chief. But at 3:30 a.m.
The Cottage Grove Economic Development Authority took steps Tuesday to bring a corporate headquarters -- and nearly 100 jobs -- to the city as early as next May. EDA members unanimously authorized a purchase agreement for acquisition of the site near Hamlet Park off of 95th Street, and a development agreement with Werner Electric Supply Minnesota at its Tuesday morning meeting. The project now lands in the lap of the city council for approval at a special meeting Wednesday night.
A Tuesday story about statewide bridge inspections included incorrect information from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The bridge on State Highway 23 over U.S. 71 near Willmar has five support beams.
The Asian carp is an enemy of Minnesotans, and a federal water bill will pay $4 million to battle the invader. The bill approves a barrier near Dubuque, Iowa, which should prevent the fish from moving further north. The carp jumps out of water, and many videos circulate showing them hitting boaters. "While Asian carp make for a good laugh on YouTube, it is an invasive species that threatens the health of the Mississippi River - a centerpiece of Minnesota's economic and environmental health," said U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
Minnesota troops who fought in Iraq and elsewhere outside the country may receive free hunting and fishing licenses. "Many Minnesota soldiers have put their hunting and fishing trips on hold while they serve abroad," said Mark Holsten, state natural resources commissioner. "The free license is a small way we can recognize their sacrifice, welcome them home, and extend an opportunity to be with friends and family in Minnesota's great outdoors."
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants the federal government to declare 25 drought-stricken Minnesota counties agricultural disaster areas. The governor sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns Friday seeking the declaration, which would open the door to financial assistance for affected farmers. "The extremely dry conditions are taking a toll on crops and forages, which are directly impacting Minnesota's farm families," Pawlenty said in a statement.
Hardly anyone likes paying upwards of $3 per gallon at the gas pump, but high oil prices are stimulating at least one part of the Twin Ports' economy. In 17 years on the job, Gary Nicholson, president of Lake Superior Warehousing Co., can remember no year busier than the current one. Lately, his business has been awash with components for giant-sized wind turbines, as well as massive crucibles used to help extract crude from the vast oil-sand deposits of Alberta, Canada.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. - Cost will not be a consideration as Minnesota officials vow to inspect every bridge in the state. "We will do anything and everything to get these issues addressed," Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Friday. Added one of his top transportation officials, Bob McFarlin: "We will fund it, whatever the cost, because of safety." McFarlin said he has no idea when all 13,026 bridges will be inspected. However, he pledged to let the public know daily about progress being made.