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The Lake Superior Zoo is loosing Murray, its 450-pound male Siberian (Amur) tiger, Wednesday morning. The Association of Zoos and Aquarium's Species Survival Plan selected Murray as a potential mate for a female at Como Zoo in St. Paul. Murray is one of 12 animals at the Lake Superior Zoo that is part of the Species Survival Plan. The cooperative program helps ensure the survival of endangered species by enabling zoos and aquariums across the nation to exchange animals for breeding. The pairings are made based on the animal's genetic makeup. Murray was born at the Minnesota Zoo in 1993.
WILLMAR -- State budget reductions could mean counties will have to pay for some public defenders and state prisoners. The financial shift is part of a "string of squeezes" the state is passing onto counties, said Jay Kieft, director of the Kandiyohi County Family Services Department. Kieft on Tuesday told the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners that the State Board of Public Defense announced that as of July 8 it will no longer provide public defenders to parents involved with child protection cases, or cases when parents' rights are being terminated. The decision was made because budg
Clean-up efforts continued through the weekend in the aftermath of at least one tornado touchdown Friday, Hubbard County officials said Saturday. While the storm path is believed to have traveled from the Wadena area, through Park Rapids and to north-central Hubbard County at Emmaville, the most damage appears to be near Emmaville. A command post has been established at the Lake Emma Town Hall, involving numerous local, state and federal agencies, David Konshok, Hubbard County emergency management director, said a joint statement from his office and the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department.
Richard Andrews, 53, died at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after an early morning fire at his St. Paul Park home Friday. St. Paul Park Fire and Police departments were called to 805 First St., at 1:39 a.m. after receiving a report of smoke coming from the home. Police attempted to enter the home but were unable to due to heavy smoke and fire conditions, according to a press release. Firefighters entered the home and found Andrews down and unresponsive on the first floor.
The disgruntled flight attendant accused of setting a fire in the rear lavatory of a jetliner forced last month to land in Fargo also was on an earlier flight that experienced a bathroom fire, a federal prosecutor said Thursday. The revelation of the coincidence came during a hearing in which a U.S. magistrate decided to release the suspect after imposing conditions aimed at protecting the public and ensuring his future court appearances. Before he was released, Eder H. Rojas, 19, of Woodbury, Minn., pleaded not guilty in U.S.
Two hundred barrels of gasoline spilled from a holding tank at the Marathon Petroleum Refinery, St. Paul Park, at 4:45 a.m. Sunday. Marathon spokesman Robert Calmus said no one was hurt and the spill was contained in the earthen dike surrounding the 71,677-barrel holding tank. Firefighters from St. Paul Park and Newport responded to a 911 call, but were not needed on refinery property, Calmus said.
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Democrats left their state convention rallying behind Barack Obama, but the party remained divided about whether Hillary Clinton should fill out the presidential ticket. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party activists gathered at Rochester's Mayo Civic Center for a three-day convention that ended Sunday said they are heading into the general election season confident of Obama's historic candidacy. There is less agreement on whether Clinton, who Saturday ended her own run for president, could help or hurt Obama's chances against Republican Sen.
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Satirist-turned-candidate Al Franken convinced Democratic activists to look beyond controversies about his past Saturday as he locked up the party's U.S. Senate endorsement. "I'm not a perfect person and I'm not going to pretend to have all the answers, but I'll tell the truth," Franken told raucous Democratic activists gathered in Rochester's Mayor Civic Center.
ST. PAUL - Tax breaks and a park. A balanced budget and health-care reform. More education money and improved nursing home funding. Those are among issues Minnesota lawmakers approved during a rare Sunday session before adjourning for the year. The House ended its work for the year at 11:44 p.m., followed four minutes later by the Senate. The 201 legislators ended their work Sunday night, the second time lawmakers met for business on a Sunday, following more than two weeks of intense negotiation that wrapped up early Sunday afternoon between Republican Gov.