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A juvenile osprey displaced from its nest by a lightning-caused fire near Biwabik last week was in "guarded" condition today at a wildlife rehabilitation center near Garrison, Minn. "He came in really thin," said Dr. Katie Baratto, a veterinarian at the Wild and Free Rehabilitation Program in Garrison. "We're hoping to get him fattened up as much as we can so he's releasable." Mark Fredin of Aurora, a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, found the young osprey on the ground Wednesday morning.
The public portion of Tuesday night's open house about the proposed trail from Red Wing to Hastings was more of the same, according to Red Wing Planning Director Brian Peterson. Both land owners who would be affected by the trail and citizens questioning the source of funding voiced concerns in the basement of the Red Wing Public Library. "This has been troubling for over two years that we've been battling this," Tom Ahern said.
RED WING, Minn. -- A Cannon Falls, Minn., man could face homicide charges in the death of a 2-year-old girl he was babysitting last week. Justin David Lake, 29, was charged Thursday with first-degree assault and malicious punishment of a child. The toddler died Sunday - four days after she was found unresponsive at Lake's residence.
Monson Trucking, based in Duluth, is shutting down operations for good by Aug. 31, putting 200 people out of work. Many of its 100 employees in Duluth were told Wednesday in multiple meetings, said Michael Monson, one of the owners. They include truck drivers, mechanics, office staff and management. "They looked pretty shocked," said Monson, acknowledging it was a tough day for everybody. A Monson truck driver, Michael Globe, was hauling freight to Canada when he heard the news Wednesday from a dispatcher. "It was a surprise, a big surprise.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A federal jury deliberated about five hours Thursday before deciding that Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a Brainerd, Minn., mother of four, should pay more than $1.9 million for willfully downloading and sharing 24 copyrighted songs. The dollar amount is about nine times what jurors in Thomas-Rasset's first trial determined she was liable for. U.S.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A representative of Sony Entertainment told a jury Monday that the online pirating of songs has cost the music industry billions of dollars and thousands of jobs and has made it more difficult to nurture new artists. But defense attorneys representing Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who is accused of illegally downloading and distributing music on a peer-to-peer file sharing network, said there is no evidence their client did anything illegal. Seven women and five men, including two college students, were selected Monday to hear the case before Judge Michael Davis in U.S.
A group of Hermantown Middle School students was at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday about 20 minutes before a gunman opened fire with a rifle, fatally wounding a security guard before being shot by other officers. The group of 25 students, who are on an intensive four-day trip to the Washington, D.C.
WILLMAR -- Starting Tuesday, Minnesota motorists can be stopped and given a ticket for not wearing a seat belt. The Legislature passed a primary seat belt bill this spring that allows law enforcement officers to stop a motorists for a seat belt violation. In the past, seat belt citations were only given if someone was stopped for some other reason, like speeding. "It's always been the law you've got to wear them.
ST. PAUL - The environment and outdoors scored big in an otherwise rough Minnesota legislative session. A $4.6 billion budget deficit prompted spending cuts to most budget areas, including agencies dealing with the environment. But those budget reductions to ongoing state programs were overshadowed by approval of the first plan for spending constitutionally protected dollars on the outdoors, water cleanup projects and parks. The funds will be provided by a voter-approved 0.375 percent sales tax increase.
ST. PAUL - State and local arts initiatives will soon get a big funding boost. Art, history and cultural initiatives expect to receive $93 million over the next two years as a result of a constitutional amendment passed last November that increased the statewide sales tax for outdoors and arts programs. Arts supporters said that money will expand culture and history programs around the state, expose more children to museums and theatrical performances and support artists' work. Gov.