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The two people killed when their automobile collided with a train Monday have been identified. They were David J. and Judy M. Brost, both 56, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and were husband and wife, according to a press release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office. Autopsy results are pending. The two died when their northbound automobile crashed with a westbound train at about 11:30 a.m. Monday at the junction of Portage Road Northeast and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad about 3 miles west of Bena, according to a press release.
Consider this fair warning: the Hastings bridge will be closed June 13-15 and June 20-22. Both lanes. All weekend long. That was one of the biggest pieces of news that came out of last Thursday's public meeting on the bridge. Those dates are not set in stone, as weather could still play a role. But as it looks right now, those are the two weekends for the work. The bridge would close from 9 p.m. Friday, June 13 until 5:30 a.m. Monday, June 16; the same schedule would be repeated June 20-23. During those two weekends, work will be done on the bearings.
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Memo to Tim Pawlenty: Minnesota Republicans wish you would remain governor, but if you find yourself being offered a position in a McCain administration, they still would support you. Delegates to the state Republican convention in Rochester, which ended a two-day run Saturday, were conflicted with the prospect that GOP presidential candidate John McCain might pick the Minnesota governor as his running mate. Rock County's C. Wendell Erickson is a good example.
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There's a passel of interesting biographies out this month. Over the years I'd read passing references to one Marcus Garvey, the black philosopher and activist who began the back-to-Africa movement. There's a new biography of Garvey just out that is fascinating in its depiction of Garvey's rise to power and his almost instant demise. It's "Negro with a Hat," by Colin Grant (Oxford University Press, $27.95). Although Garvey attracted a huge following in the 1920s, he also had his share of detractors, including his fellow black philosopher, W.E.B.
The federal judge who presided over the nation's first music download trial has granted the request of attorneys for more time to file legal briefs to state their positions in the case. In October, a Duluth jury determined that Jammie Thomas of Brainerd was liable for $222,000 damages for willfully committing copyright infringement by distributing 24 songs on the Kazaa peer-to-peer file sharing network. However, Judge Michael J. Davis issued an order last week in U.S.
If the state of Minnesota decides to put a veterans cemetery in Jay Cooke State Park, it will have the Legislature's stamp of approval. A law that was needed to move the Jay Cooke proposal forward passed as part of a series of session-ending bills. The legislation calls for transfer of the state park land from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. State Sen.
The Minneapolis-Duluth/Superior Passenger Rail Alliance received half of the money it had requested of the state Legislature to help pay for a study of the line. A bill containing $900,000 for the study made it past the governor's veto pen, but another that would appropriate $1 million more wasn't as lucky. The alliance already has raised $200,000 for the $2.1 million study, said Bob Manzoline, director of the St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Rail Authority.
WILLMAR -- Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, is applauding much of what the Legislature accomplished, but also warning that this session's budget finish sets the stage for a very troubled start next time around. Gimse was joined Tuesday by the deputy minority leader of the Republican caucus, Sen.
ST. PAUL - A judicial panel recommends the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission reject an electric transmission project in western Minnesota that is linked to the proposed Big Stone II power plant. The decision Friday by Minnesota administrative law judges is a setback to a group of utilities led by Fergus Falls-based Otter Tail Power Co.