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The level of Lake Superior is inching closer to normal thanks to slower-than usual-monthly declines this winter. The big lake dropped 2 inches in January, but that's an inch less than usual, the International Lake Superior Board of Control reported Monday. Superior now sits 10 inches below normal but is 7 inches above where it was last year on Feb. 1. According to U.S. Army Corp of Engineers hydrologists, the Lake Superior basin received above-normal moisture in January, despite the Duluth National Weather Service reporting January as the driest in recorded history.
Minnesota House Republicans, who hold the key to overturning a gubernatorial veto, say a business group's decision to back a 7.5-cent a gallon gas tax increase could be an acceptable middle ground. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce earlier this week said it would support a 7.5 cent increase for transportation funding, with 2.5 cents set aside to pay for borrowing money for roads and bridges. The Chamber last year supported a 5-cent hike, while Democrats who control the Legislature sent Gov.
Early precinct caucuses and an unsettled presidential race could fuel high interest among first-time caucus goers, Minnesota Democratic and Republican leaders say. The competitive battle for delegates in both parties for president should send a host of new people to precinct caucuses Feb.
A Minneapolis woman with ties to Duluth but whose citizenship status has been called into question appeared via satellite television at a federal hearing in Fargo, N.D. on Thursday. Peggy Miechkota has been held in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center since Oct.
Here are the total per diem payments area state senators have sought for the 2007 regular and special legislative sessions and for work in the interim. Senators still could submit per diem requests for 2007, but that would appear on 2008 reports.
"During this long travail our ancestors spoke to us, and we listened, and tried to make you life in our song but now it matters not at all to me whether you know what I am talking about -- or not; I know why we are not blinded by your brightness, are able to see you who cannot see us.
The all-star talent lineup for WE Fest 2008 is nearly complete, according to a news release issued late this week by Festivals And Concert Events, Inc. Joining previously-announced headliners Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts will be Brad Paisley and Sugarland as well as newcomer Taylor Swift. All of these acts are recent Country Music Association award winners -- entertainer of the year, vocal group of the year, vocalist of the year, vocal duo of the year and horizon artist, respectively.
While high-voltage current is usually a very bad thing for a person's health, it might have saved the life of a suicidal Stillwater man late Sunday night. Stillwater Police used a Taser electroshock weapon to subdue the 33-year-old in his basement on the 3200 block of Staloch Place, where he sat on the floor with a loaded, high-powered rifle beside him. The man had been despondent after allegedly assaulting physically both his wife and his wife's sister earlier in the night and had locked himself with the rifle in a storage closet after an aborted attempt to call police.
WILLMAR -- A civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court Wednesday alleges that the Willmar School District, its administrators and a teacher violated the civil rights of a special education student. The lawsuit appeals the decision of a state administrative law judge to dismiss a request for a special education hearing.