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LUVERNE -- A tentative date of July 23 has been set for the trial of Randy Leeroyal Swaney, the man accused of murdering Blue Mound State Park worker Carrie Nelson in May 2001. Swaney sat quietly in Rock County District Court Wednesday, surrounded by his team of three attorneys, while public defender Louis Kuchera argued his motion for a change of venue. Kuchera told Judge Timothy Connell there was extensive media coverage of Nelson's murder and naming of suspect Swaney, which would cause prejudice in a jury. "There was coverage about how the small community of Luverne was shaken by this ev
ST. PAUL - The leading Democratic candidates in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race said record turnout at Tuesday's precinct caucuses bodes well for their campaigns. Attorney Mike Ciresi and satirist Al Franken are competing with college professor Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer for their party's endorsement. Perennial candidate Dick Franson also is in the race.
ST. PAUL - Barack Obama and Mitt Romney liked Tuesday's precinct caucus results, but some political leaders already are looking to other ways for Minnesotans to pick their presidential hopefuls. As both political parties brag about turnout, stories abound about woes caucus goers encountered when trying to attend the caucuses.
Minnesota hunters will be allowed to harvest snow geese, including blue-phased and the smaller Ross' geese March 1 to April 30, as part of a federal conservation order. The state spring harvest of light geese varies dramatically from a few hundred to 6,000, depending on weather conditions.
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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.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Minnesota has a problem: How to keep so many of its outstate young people from moving to the Twin Cities area. Gov.
Minnesotans who want to learn more about hunting, fishing or improving their lands for wildlife can get information from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources this weekend at Pheasants Forever's National Pheasant Fest in St. Paul. The 25th annual festival opens at 1 p.m. Friday and concludes at 5 p.m. Sunday at RiverCentre, in downtown St. Paul. "This weekend is a great time to learn about the outdoors by coming indoors and taking part in a number of fun activities," said C.B. Bylander, outreach section chief for the DNR's Fish and Wildlife Division.
Due to severe cold weather and dangerously low wind chill factors predicted across the state, seven of eight candlelight ski/snowshoe events scheduled at Minnesota state parks for Saturday, Jan. 19, have been canceled. Lake Bemidji State Park still plans to hold its candlelight ski on trails that are more sheltered from the wind. Contact park for current conditions Many of the other events have been rescheduled.