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HIBBING -- Is St. Louis County headed toward the improved delivery of services or dissension? County commissioners, on a 4-3 vote Tuesday at Hibbing City Hall, moved forward a resolution that would lead to a study on the costs and benefits of subdividing the county. A final vote on a study would come at an Aug. 7 meeting at the Duluth Courthouse.
ST. PAUL - A new farm bill proposal nearing a vote in the U.S. House is good for agriculture and for those seeking to reform federal subsidies, said Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota. "We are moving as far as we can," Peterson, the bill's author and Agriculture Committee chairman, said Tuesday during a Capitol Hill press conference.
The recent Ham Lake fire was impressive. But it was nothing compared to what happened when a meteorite slammed into Earth at present-day Sudbury, Ontario, 1.85 billion years ago. The blast created a crater more than 150 miles across, scattering rock and dust over nearly a million square miles. A superheated cloud darkened the sky. Although separated by 500 miles and 1.85 billion years, the two events are connected: The Ham Lake fire forced geologists to alter plans for a scheduled field trip.
The refrain of "Why can't we keep one?" was heard Wednesday from the tiger tent at the Mighty Thomas Carnival in Duluth, where dozens showed up to ooh and ah over four newborn cubs. One male and three female royal white Bengal tigers were born Tuesday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to proud parents Gita and Splash, according to Zoo Dynamic zoo handler Steve Lopez. The cubs were born in a hay-lined, 10-by-10-foot cage in the carnival's tiger tent.
HIBBING -- A study of former Iron Range underground mines has found far more subterranean works than expected. The discovery could affect development in the area, where underground cavities might threaten the stability of new structures. "A lot of what we've found is news to everybody,'' said Pete Clevenstine, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Lands and Minerals Division manager of engineering.
Four Minnesota National Guardsmen were honored for their bravery and efforts when an improvised explosive device took the life of one of their own. Sgt. Brian Ness of Winona; Staff Sgt. Justin Knopf of Detroit Lakes; Sgt. 1st Class James Bakkila of Perham, and Staff Sgt. Dane Ronning, formerly of Audubon and now of Fargo, were awarded the Bronze Star Valor Medal for their efforts to save Staff Sgt. Joshua Hanson, who died Aug. 30. Ask any of them, and they'll say they don't feel they deserved the honor and that Hanson is the one to be remembered, not them for their efforts.
Minnesota Army National Guard Sgt. Hiedi Allen, a mother of three stationed in Iraq, started out her time there keeping track of other soldiers awards. Now the Cottage Grove resident has gotten a big one of her own -- The Bronze Star Medal for "exceptionally meritorious conduct." Although Allen is a Human Resources Sergeant, when her brigade's mission changed she volunteered to serve as a driver for convoy escort teams while at the same time reorganizing her own department so that they could keep processing awards in her absence.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is changing the all-season deer license to reduce the harvest of antlerless deer in certain areas of the state.
Army Pfc. Anthony "Tony" Hebert of Lake City died Thursday in Iraq. Hebert, 19, was the son of Robert and Laurie Hebert. A 2005 graduate of Lincoln High School, he was known for working hard in class and playing hard on the golf course. "He was just a real classy kid," said Steve Randgaard, who coached Hebert on the varsity Tiger golf team. The Defense Department hadn't released any official information on the circumstances of Hebert's death as of press time, but his former teammates said the first report indicated Hebert died in a roadside bombing. He apparently was one of five U.S.