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As the Iron Range taconite industry expanded in the early 1970s, a temporary trailer park for hundreds of construction workers sprung up on the St. Louis County Fairgrounds in Hibbing.
A gunman opened fire in a dormitory for young Christian missionaries in the Denver suburb of Arvada early Sunday, killing two of the center's staff members and wounding two others. Tiffany Johnson, 26, who grew up in Chisholm and graduated from Hibbing High School in 1999, died at a Denver hospital minutes after the shooting. The incident took place in a dormitory used by missionary training staff for the worldwide group Youth With a Mission.
A 47-year-old Alexandria man died early Wednesday morning after an apparent stabbing. His name has now been released - Delvaine Hecker. Police are investigating the case as a possible homicide, resulting from a domestic situation. A 911 call came into the law enforcement center at about 2:46 a.m. from a woman who told Douglas County dispatchers there was a knife and she needed help, according to the police report. When Alexandria police officers arrived on the scene, a residence at 1611 6th Avenue East, Lot E1 in Olson's Mobile Park, they found Hecker slumped over in a chair.
Red Wing resident Jerome Cody announced Wednesday that he was the winner in last week's $7 million Hot Lotto drawing. Cody, who fills up twice a week at Red Wing's Freedom Station on his way to work at a Hastings manufacturing plant, checked his ticket a week ago -- Thanksgiving Day -- and discovered the news. "I went back to the store on Thanksgiving morning and the clerk ran my ticket," the Smead Manufacturing employee said through a press release issued by his attorney. "The clerk informed me that she could not make the payout.
DULUTH -- The Lake Superior Zoo lost its only lion this week after 19-year-old Nemo had to be euthanized. Blood tests taken Monday showed liver and kidney failure, which is common in elderly cats, Lake Superior Zoo veterinarian Louise Beyea said. Though easier to replace than Bubba the polar bear, who died in July, Nemo also was an especially popular attraction at the zoo, said Sam Maida, the Lake Superior Zoo Society's executive director. The society helps run portions of the zoo. "He was very popular," Maida said.
CLEARBROOK -- Two Wisconsin maintenance workers were killed Wednesday when an oil pipeline being repaired near this Clearwater County town exploded and burned in a massive fire. The workers were not identified and the fire burned high and late overnight, and might burn for one to three days, officials said. A dozen or more workers fled the explosion and fire, one was covered in crude oil but not seriously injured, said Jeanine Brand, Clearwater County attorney and public information officer at the scene.
The Becker County Sheriff's Office has released the identification of the human remains found by a hunter in Wolf Lake Township on Nov. 3. The remains were identified as Jerome Wayne Easler, formerly of Chatfield. Easler was reported missing in Wadena County on Sept. 22, 2005. The Becker County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner believe the wound was self-inflicted and found no evidence of foul play. According to the Becker County Sheriff's Office, Easler lived in Menahga for a short time.
WILLMAR -- A multi-faceted plan that would provide $70 million in new money for economic development in rural Minnesota could help counties with high unemployment and low population be better prepared for the future. The state has invested in education and health care, but hasn't dedicated the same kind of resources to economic development, said Dan McElroy, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The Strategic Entrepreneurial Economic Development plan, known as SEED, would help balance the investment. The SEED initiative is one of Gov.
ST. PAUL - Information about the state's former transportation emergency management director is being given to the attorney general and Ramsey County attorney for possible criminal charges. The legislative auditor today said Sonia Morphew Pitt of Red Wing, a state employee since 1992, misused $26,000 in taxpayer funds in the past two years. Minnesota Department of Transportation officials earlier fired Pitt for the alleged misuse of money and for failing to return to Minnesota for 10 days after the Aug. 1 Minneapolis bridge collapse.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann from Minnesota's Sixth District put the emphasis on the country's economic health and growth when she spoke to the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary group at Joseph's Restaurant Tuesday morning. Bachmann noted the improved health of the country's economy since tax cuts went into effect in 2003, saying that the country's economy has tripled its growth rate since then. Previous to the tax cuts, the country was losing jobs; now it is adding jobs to its employment rolls, she said.