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ST. PAUL - A Woodbury woman played a minor role in an early U.S. Senate election trial controversy. Kristen Fuzer was the first witness in the trial, which started Monday. As Norm Coleman's campaign political director, Fuzer was called before the three-judge panel, campaign attorneys and a courtroom audience to answer questions about photocopies she helped make. The Coleman campaign wanted the copies of rejected absentee ballots to be part of the trial. Al Franken's campaign objected, citing problems with the paperwork.
ST. PAUL -- An estimated 5,000 uncounted ballots should be included in the U.S. Senate election tally to avoid problems seen in Florida's 2000 presidential recount, Norm Coleman's campaign said Monday. In opening statements at Minnesota's U.S. Senate election trial, an attorney for Coleman said counties applied different standards when they decided whether to reject absentee ballots in the election.
A 29-year-old Redby woman has been missing since Saturday, her mother said Wednesday. Charlotte Clark said her daughter, Barbara Crystal (King) Ortiz, walked away from her home, half a mile west of Redby in the McBride area, to hitchhike to Bemidji Saturday on County Road 15. She was last seen near County Road 32 East. "She's a vulnerable adult," Clark said. "She's in serious need of medication and she needs to be hospitalized. ... She has mental health issues. At times she does not know who she is." Ortiz gave birth to a baby Dec. 28.
ST. PAUL - An electric transmission project in western Minnesota can go forward - with conditions aimed at protecting ratepayers and the environment -- state regulators decided Thursday. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to approve a large-scale power line project that would distribute electricity from the proposed Big Stone II coal-fired power plant in eastern South Dakota.
The state would get extra federal money by passing a bill protecting people who turn in companies defrauding the government under a new bill. Also, the watchdog himself would get a financial benefit, a percent of the recovered money. Rep. Andrew Falk, DFL-Murdock, said in this time of a budget deficit, every dollar that can be recovered should be sought. Attorney Brian Wojtalewicz of Appleton, who also has an Alexandria office, said there are about 200 federal cases nationwide dealing with the government being defrauded.
Janice Goodger's body was as cold as Dr. Chris Delp has ever seen - so cold that it seemed Goodger couldn't possibly survive, especially at age 64. Instead, Goodger will walk back into St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth for a simple checkup today, just days after an "amazing" medical journey to the brink of death and back, said Delp, an emergency room physician at the hospital. "I'm not aware of anyone at this age to have survived [being so cold] and to have done this well," Delp said.
ST. PAUL -- Al Franken entered halftime of Minnesota's U.S. Senate race in the lead, but Norm Coleman is hoping for a come-from-behind victory. Coleman, whose term as senator ended Saturday, is going to court in his bid to win the drawn-out race and a second term. A statewide recount took two months; Coleman's chief attorney said a legal case could take two more months. "Minnesotans deserve 100 percent confidence that their senator was fairly elected by all the people," Coleman said Tuesday while surrounded by supporters urging him to keep fighting.
Information released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice revealed the Hastings police officer charged with possessing child pornography allegedly searched for it while on duty. Anthony Miller, an 11-year veteran of the Hastings Police Department, was arrested at his home in New Richmond, Wis., Tuesday and charged Thursday afternoon in Hudson with possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child. Miller was booked into St.
Superior police arrested two Minnesota men after standoff on Ogden Avenue early this morning. At about 12:15 a.m. this morning an officer from the Superior Police Department was flagged down by a female in the 1800 Block of Ogden Ave. The female reported to the officer that a man at her apartment, 1809 1/2 Ogden Ave., had been severely beaten by another male in the apartment. As the officer approached the residence he encountered a male armed with an ax. He quickly retreated into the apartment.
Though it still looks like it will be an uphill battle, Hastings resident and Navy veteran Tony Rose's fight to get social security seems to be progressing in his favor. "There's been more action in the last three weeks than there's been in the past two years," he said. The 67-year-old resident of the Minnesota Veterans Home Hastings has been fighting for the past two years to get his social security pension from the U.S.