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The state Canvassing Board has carefully handled its duties in the U.S. Senate recount, a board member and Minnesota's top judge said. Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, who sits on the board responsible for declaring an election winner, said regardless of the outcome, citizens and the candidates - Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken - need to be assured "that everything's been looked at and looked at carefully" by the five-member board.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed Norm Coleman's request to have more absentee ballots considered in the U.S. Senate recount he is trailing to Democrat Al Franken. The court order, released this morning, paves the way for the state Canvassing Board to meet this afternoon to certify results of the recount. Franken leads Coleman by 225 votes with all ballots counted. Republican Coleman, whose six-year Senate term ended on Saturday, last week asked the court to intervene as improperly rejected absentee ballots were being reviewed.
If you have some Norwegian ancestry but have never been to Norway, here's your chance: "The Great Norway Adventure," a Scandinavian-accented reality TV series planned for next year, promises to blend elements of "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race" -- and probably all the pickled herring and goat cheese you'd ever want. Producers of Norway's version of "American Idol" and other shows say they're looking for "fun, outgoing Americans with Norwegian ancestry" -- honestly, those are their words -- to go to Norway and "compete in extreme cultural challenges" for a prize of $50,000. In addition to h
Beginning Dec. 4, law enforcement officers throughout Washington County stepped up DWI enforcement efforts in a "Safe & Sober" campaign that continues throughout the holiday season. Perhaps you read about the campaign in an article published a few weeks ago in the Woodbury Bulletin. But articles that mention Washington County's 138 arrests for DWI during last year's holiday season, while important, just don't personalize the impact that impaired drivers can have in our own community.
Red Wing city officials say they are puzzled by allegations that police have been singling out people driving out of the Prairie Island Indian Community. In a Dec.
Four inmates and one employee at the Bayport prison have been disciplined following the close of an investigation into a 25-foot, underground tunnel corrections staff found there in February. It was the first attempt of its kind in the institution's memory, officials said. No inmates escaped.
VERNDALE -- In the pre-dawn blackness of a stormy December Sunday, the Verndale Fire Department received a call around 6 a.m. that a fire had broken out at the Central Minnesota Arena and Event Center on the northwest edge of Verndale, a business also known as R&J Horse Sales. One of the Verndale firemen answering the call was Ryan Sundby. The call had special significance for him. Ryan is the son of Ron and Judy Sundby and one of the co-owners of Sundby Enterprises, the business that was on fire. "We don't know what caused it," Ryan Sundby said.
A 20-year-old Hastings man faces a charge of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree following his Dec. 17 arrest at a Hastings residence. According to the criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Adam Michael Peterson was arrested after he was found nude in the shower with a female juvenile, who was younger than 16. Hastings Police were dispatched to the residence on the report of a possible criminal sexual conduct in progress.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, MINN. - Steve Lappegaard spent Thanksgiving Day thinking about his daughter Gina Anderson, who went missing two months ago today. Now, he looks back on Thanksgiving with regret. "I still have guilt of not being as thankful as I should have been," said Lappegaard, his voice choking with emotion. "Here I'm missing Gina and, ah, I should have just been thankful for Jill and still having my Jack," said Lappegaard, referring to Jackie Pagel, 29, his middle daughter, and Jill Lappegaard, his youngest. Jill, 22, died Dec.
Minnesota has recorded its first culture-confirmed case of influenza for the 2008-09 season in a 39-year-old man from Chisago County. The man's illness was caused by the A (H1) strain of the virus, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Friday, Dec. 12.