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On Monday, Berliners celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall dividing the Communist-held east side of the city and the west. Martin Graefe, who grew up near Tübingen in southern Germany and graduated from high school in Grand Forks, N.D., was in his native country at the historic moment. "I didn't wake up this morning thinking this is a huge day," Graefe said in an interview Monday. But as the retrospective on National Public Radio spent the day commemorating and analyzing the opening of the Iron Curtain, he said he became more excited. "I was actually working for a German
About 10:40 p.m. Friday, a vehicle struck and killed a mountain lion on the Schoolcraft River Bridge on Carr Lake Road Southwest. Blane Klemek, assistant area wildlife manager for the DNR, said biologists at the DNR Forest Wildlife Populations and Research Group have taken the mountain lion for examination.
The Big Fish in Bena, listed in May as one of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's 10 Most Endangered Historic Places, has a new lease on life. With a $10,000 donation from former Bena resident Gary Kirt, Big Fish owners Paul and Linda Reimer are rehabilitating the famous roadside attraction. The 65-foot-long, 15-foot-wide Big Fish was built in 1958 as an ice cream and hamburger stand, according to the Alliance.
Two minutes - that's the margin Bemidji emergency medical technician and former firefighter Tom Johnson estimates between the life and death of a Leader, Minn., woman. Early Sunday afternoon, Johnson was riding his Harley-Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle north on state Highway 64 near Leader when he saw smoke and flames coming from a house. Johnson pulled up to the burning building to see if anyone was inside. "I kicked the door open," Johnson said. "It was so hot I couldn't stand up. The door handle was smoking hot." He found Cathy Kinnaman in a bedroom.
CASS LAKE -- In a rural setting south of the city of Cass Lake, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has built a new neighborhood. This community is unique because a special agreement in the leases requires the families moving into the homes and neighborhood to remain alcohol- and drug-free. Violation of the agreement would mean termination of the lease, said Marlene Mitchell, executive director of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Housing Authority. "We're the first ones to do this," said Eugene Whitebird, a member of the Leech Lake Housing Authority Board.
Speed, agility and the desire to beat the clock are qualities that bring in the trophies from competitive horse show speed events.