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The American bald eagle was officially removed from the endangered species list Thursday at a ceremony near the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. The bald eagle was put on the endangered species list in 1973. In 1968, there was only one pair of nesting eagles in the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge, said MaryBeth Garrigan, director of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. There are now about 30 nesting pairs between Red Wing and Wabasha, Garrigan said. "As far as the National Eagle Center is concerned, we're celebrating this day," she said.
Some environmentalists on Thursday said new ballast water regulations advancing in Congress need to be improved or may end up doing little to stop the spread if invasive species in the Great Lakes. One of two ballast water measures in Congress passed the House Transportation and Infrastruc-ture Committee Thursday and is headed to the full House. The measure is part of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007 and represents the first major ballast water treatment regulations to advance this far. The bill includes a provision that requires about 98 percent of living organisms in ballast wate
ST. PAUL -- The 2,600 Minnesota National Guard troops stationed in Iraq for the past 16 months should be home within weeks, officials said Tuesday. Some members of the 34th Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team already left Iraq, and all of the troops are expected back in the United States by early August, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota Adjutant Gen.
LAKE CITY - Ralph Samuelson's historic water skis will get a splash of modern paint this summer. Lake City's 36th annual Water Ski Days kicks off today (Wednesday) at 5 pm. and promises more fun and excitement than ever. New sights and activities have been added to showcase local talent.
Earl "Punk" Palmquist wants to sell his world record. The International Falls angler caught the world-record lake trout while ice fishing in 1987 on Clearwater West Lake near Atikokan, Ontario. The 40-pound lake trout, now mounted and on his wall, is still recognized as the largest taken through the ice. But for the right amount of cash, Palmquist will part with it. He has two good reasons, he says. One is named Dusty, and the other is Nicholas. "I've got these two grandsons," said Palmquist, 80. "Both are going to college. One's already going, and the other will go next year.
There was a knock on the door at a farmhouse in rural East Lansing, Mich. It was 10 p.m. It was the United States Anti-Doping Agency looking for runner Kyle Baker. This wasn't a clandestine meeting, rather the luck of the draw for Baker. He was randomly chosen from a pool of track and field athletes for an out-of-competition drug test in 2003. No performance-enhancing drugs were found when his urine was later analyzed. Baker, 30, says that if testing helps keep his sport clean, he's for it.
A 49-year-old man - a mobile crane operator from rural Gilbert - was killed at Mittal Steel USA's Minorca Mine near Virginia about noon Friday when the crane tipped over while he was operating it. Details of the accident are under investigation by the Mine Safety and Health Administration and St.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota farmland could serve as a laboratory for new federally directed research into the next phase of renewable energy. Congress has begun writing new federal agriculture legislation, which will replace the existing farm bill that expires in September.
A candle may have started a sauna fire that injured four people early Saturday, the Itasca County Sheriff's Department reported. The Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 12:06 a.m. reporting a fire at a cabin located on Swan Lake in rural Pengilly. A deputy responding to the call pulled the four victims from the sauna, whose attached changing room had caught fire. Those injured in the fire were Carrie Lee Anderson, 26, and Peter Michael Anderson, 26, both of Northfield, Minn., and Cassie Lynn Masloski, 26 and James Arthur Zgoda, 28, both of Hastings, Minn.
A Stillwater woman who allegedly posed for pornographic photos with a 14-year-old girl in exchange for money was formally charged with sexual misconduct crimes on Thursday, June 7. Washington County prosecutors charged Carol Ann Blomster, 34, with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for participating in photo shoots with the girl, which involved sexual touching, on at least two occasions this year. Blomster faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.