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Hopkins man charged with ax-murdering neighbor MINNEAPOLIS — A 24-year-old Hopkins man has been charged with killing his 67-year-old neighbor with an ax-like tool last week, the Hennepin County attorney's office says. According to a Monday, Aug. 28, criminal complaint charging Mitchell Edward Hoogenakker with second-degree murder, he went to the home of the victim, John Gallagher Jr., on Friday morning.
WEST BATTLE LAKE, Minn. — Authorities are still searching Sunday, Aug. 27, for a man who was reported missing after riding a personal watercraft on West Battle Lake, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office reported. About 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, the sheriff's office received a report that the man was not with the craft he had been riding, and that the craft was found floating and unattended.
ST. PAUL — The new $7.4 million Minneiska campground at Whitewater State Park — featuring 40 sites with electrical hookups, four non-electric tent sites, four camper cabins and three group camps — will open this weekend in southeast Minnesota.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court announced it will offer live streaming video of oral arguments beginning next week, when justices will hear a case the state Legislature filed against Gov. Mark Dayton after a veto of funding. In a press release, the Supreme Court said offering live video of arguments is "an effort to increase public access to the work of the state's highest court." The court will continue to post recorded video of oral arguments. Both live and recorded video can be found online by visiting www.mncourts.gov/SupremeCourt .
ST. PAUL -- Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp from Tuesday, Sept. 5, to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. The pheasant stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and is required for pheasant hunters ages 18 to 64. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers can receive the validation as well as the pictorial stamp in the mail. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to pheasant management and habitat work.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Lake Bemidji State Park staff have temporarily closed one of their park trails after an owl attack over the weekend. A 3-year-old girl received "minor scratches" on her head and took a brief trip to an urgent care ward, park staff said, after she was attacked by a owl around 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, in the park's general-use area near Lake Bemidji.
Clouds across parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin cleared just enough Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, to offer some a glimpse of a solar eclipse. The middle of the eclipse — when the maximum amount of the sun was covered — occurred shortly after 1 p.m. locally. Around 80 percent of the sun was covered. The eclipse spanned the country, with some areas experiencing complete blockage for more than 2 minutes. It was the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years. A total eclipse will next occur over parts of the U.S. in 2024.
As students return to classes at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls next month, first-year students within the College of Arts and Sciences will find themselves tackling non-traditional topics as an introduction to their college career. With topics ranging from health claims to airplanes to doodling, First Year Adventure (FYA) is an innovative approach to university-level learning created to enrich students' minds and lives from their first days on campus.
ST. PAUL — Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest from Monday, Aug. 21, through 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and for an extra 75 cents purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to waterfowl management and habitat work. The white-winged scoter is the only eligible species for depiction on the 2018 waterfowl stamp.
Summer has proven to be the most dangerous season for drivers. Law enforcement has continued to watch out for drivers' dangerous behaviors by having an extra speed enforcement put in place July 7-23. The numbers indicate that speeding remains a serious issue in the state. More than 300 law enforcement agencies participated in the two-week extra speed enforcement around Minnesota. The agencies reported 16,580 citations for unsafe speeds, up 3,339 from last year and 1,781 seat belt citations, with an increase of 238 from last year.