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George Clooney and Renée Zellweger brought the witty banter from their on-screen characters in "Leatherheads" to real life when they visited Duluth's Depot on Monday. The stars chugged into the old train station on the back of a train, joking that they were exhausted from their long journey -- even though they'd hopped aboard 400 feet away. About 125 fans climbed onto other trains in an attempt to get photos of the stars. Duluth Mayor Don Ness launched the 11 a.m.
MINNEAPOLIS - Gov. Tim Pawlenty is widely considered to be on the short list of possible running mates to GOP presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain. And despite that Pawlenty continues to deny he is interested in the job, speculation over whether he's cut out to be vice president was further intensified by a panel of experts Monday at a discussion of the vice presidency at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Former Wisconsin Gov.
WILLMAR -- If the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba ends, which Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Motorists would be prohibited from sending text messages while driving and Minnesota's school bus laws may be strengthened as lawmakers look for ways to make traveling the state's roads safer. Now that legislators put a $6.6 billion transportation spending plan into law, they have shifted their attention from highway funding to other transportation issues. A bundle of transportation issues were left on the table at the end of the 2007 session. Lawmakers said they will make minor changes to that package and pass it this spring.
Two inmates at the Bayport prison face charges of attempted murder after a fellow inmate was stabbed 39 times and nearly thrown from a prison balcony last year. Washington County prosecutors have charged inmates Scott Allen Patterson, 32, and Randall Orion Huston, 30, with felony charges related to attempted murder and assault following an attack on offender Douglas Alan Dettman last June. Both men are charged with first-degree aiding and abetting attempted murder and first-degree aiding and abetting first-degree assault.
ST. PAUL - Minnesotans would have more faith in state government if it was held more accountable, a group of lawmakers said. Democratic legislators on Tuesday introduced a series of proposals they say increase accountability in government and shed more light on how tax dollars are spent. "For us the bottom line is taxpayer value," Rep. Steve Simon, DFL-St. Louis Park. "If taxpayers are confident that their money is being spent wisely and well, then all the better.
WORTHINGTON -- The deadly Feb. 19 bus crash in Cottonwood has quite a few people wondering just who is behind the wheel of the vehicle coming up behind them or meeting them at a four-way stop. The woman accused of running a stop sign with a minivan and hitting the school bus full of children, killing four students, was discovered to be using a false identification and is suspected of being an illegal alien. It soon emerged that the woman who claimed to be Alianiss Morales was really Olga Marina Franco.
After making international news with its book "The Artist's Brush," Mid-List Press, the not-for-profit publisher in Minneapolis, is out with a new book, the winner of its annual First Series Award for Poetry. The poet is Norman Minnick, coordinator of the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series at Butler University in Indianapolis. "To Taste the Water" ($13) is a well-crafted book that, among other things, explores the relationship of the poet to the people and places around him. Most impressive to me was his touching relationship with his little daughter.
Snowmobilers will take to frozen fields Saturday in honor of a friend, family member and fallen officer. Nick Erfle grew up near Heaton, N.D, and graduated from Fessenden High School. He moved to Phoenix and joined the police force there about eight years ago. Erfke was shot and killed in the line of duty in September 2007. He was 33 years old. In his memory, friends are organizing a memorial snowmobile ride to raise money for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Erfle's friend and neighbor.
ST. PAUL - Upper Midwesterners know Northwest Airlines dominates air travel, but it is not just the air carrier's flights that make an impact on the region. Northwest's footprint also is comprised of thousands of jobs, and the company is considered a strategic asset for the region's economic health and stability. Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin are concerned about keeping those jobs as the airline considers a merger with Delta Air Lines. The majority of Northwest's 11,500 regional employees work in Minnesota, most based at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.