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With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, the DNR reminds those who plan to camp and build campfires that firewood movement restrictions are in place now in Minnesota. The restrictions have been imposed in an effort to prevent the importation of forest insects like the emerald ash borer, which has been devastating urban and forest trees in Canada and several Midwest states. EAB is a tiny beetle that, to date, has killed more than 20 million ash trees and infested more than 40,000 square miles in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Canada. "In early May, Gov.
MOUNTAIN IRON -- Joe Scholar has had cancer twice. But he has only one concern. "All I want to do is save the children of the Range," said Scholar, 84, of Virginia, a former LTV Steel Mining Co. employee. "Especially the ones in Virginia that have to drink water that has tailings in it and breathe the air that comes into Virginia from U.S.
Vicki Seliger Swenson offered the only victim impact statement and convicted murderer Steven Van Keuren sat silently while Judge Elizabeth Martin sentenced him to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of release Thursday afternoon in a Washington County courtroom. Van Keuren, of River Falls, Wis., was convicted Wednesday when the jury returned verdicts of guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Teri Lee and Tim Hawkinson Sr. Van Keuren shot both in Lee's West Lakeland Township home Sept. 22, 2006.
Four state parks, two military reservations, two refuges and a nature preserve will provide high quality deer hunting opportunities for 475 young hunters this fall. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering ten special youth deer hunts in 2007, at locations with high deer populations that need to be trimmed. Applications for the special youth deer hunts will be accepted beginning July 1 at any DNR Electronic License System vendor, or at the DNR License Center. The deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 17.
A Duluth anti-war veterans group plans to be in about a dozen more area parades this year, in-stead of wasting time and money in court battling two communities that barred the group from their parades. On Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 80 group will drive their float in Aurora and Gilbert pa-rades, followed Wednesday by a ride in Superior's parade. In Superior, they'll be in the back of the 120 floats. But their placement has nothing to do with their politics, parade co-organizer Bill Andrews promised. Float organizers simply didn't apply to be in the parade until after the deadline,
Moorhead is considering pulling the plug on funding its portion of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp. Budget constraints and a slash in Local Government Aid from the Minnesota Legislature are reasons the city needs to nix contributing to the region's economic development organization next year, city leaders told the Moorhead Economic Development Authority this week. If Moorhead's Economic Development Authority and, ultimately, the Moorhead City Council decide to quit funding the regional organization, the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp.'s 2008 budget woul
Some environmentalists on Thursday said new ballast water regulations advancing in Congress need to be improved or may end up doing little to stop the spread if invasive species in the Great Lakes. One of two ballast water measures in Congress passed the House Transportation and Infrastruc-ture Committee Thursday and is headed to the full House. The measure is part of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007 and represents the first major ballast water treatment regulations to advance this far. The bill includes a provision that requires about 98 percent of living organisms in ballast wate
The American bald eagle was officially removed from the endangered species list Thursday at a ceremony near the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. The bald eagle was put on the endangered species list in 1973. In 1968, there was only one pair of nesting eagles in the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge, said MaryBeth Garrigan, director of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. There are now about 30 nesting pairs between Red Wing and Wabasha, Garrigan said. "As far as the National Eagle Center is concerned, we're celebrating this day," she said.
ST. PAUL -- The 2,600 Minnesota National Guard troops stationed in Iraq for the past 16 months should be home within weeks, officials said Tuesday. Some members of the 34th Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team already left Iraq, and all of the troops are expected back in the United States by early August, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota Adjutant Gen.
LAKE CITY - Ralph Samuelson's historic water skis will get a splash of modern paint this summer. Lake City's 36th annual Water Ski Days kicks off today (Wednesday) at 5 pm. and promises more fun and excitement than ever. New sights and activities have been added to showcase local talent.