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Dakota County Deputy Joshua James Williams, 29, Hastings, will make his first court appearance at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Dakota County District Court on a charge of misdemeanor careless driving. The charge was filed Feb. 2 in Dakota County District Court after the Hennepin County Attorney's office completed its investigation of an Aug. 30 crash involving Williams' squad car and a motorcycle in Empire Township. The operator of the motorcycle, Bill John Wallace of Farmington, died from injuries. According to the complaint, the crash occurred at Highway 3 and 200th Street.
The Wadena-Deer Creek High School One-Act play "In Memoriam: Voices of the Innocent" featured famous American tragedies such as Columbine and 9/11.
United States Steel Corp. will unveil plans today to embark on the largest and most costly expansion of an Iron Range taconite operation in 29 years. The company aims to invest more than $300 million in its Keetac plant in Keewatin. It plans to boost pellet production by 60 percent and hire 75 people, bringing the operation's full-time work force to 475 and its annual production capacity to 9.6 million tons. Keetac currently produces about 6 million tons of iron ore pellets per year. With the expansion, U.S.
Lakes Moses and Aaron in northern Douglas County in west central Minnesota have a few more walleyes swimming in them, thanks to the Millerville Sportsmen Club. Members of the club stocked the lakes with about 3,400 fingerlings earlier this month. Members overseeing the effort on Lake Moses included Norb Lenarz, George Davis, Steve Klug, Bill Suchy, Bernie Suchy, Dennis Hingtgen, Chuck Carlson, Willie Woida and Wally Schiele. The club worked with the Department of Natural Resources on the stocking effort. The fingerlings should grow to keeper size in about three years.
Americans and Canadians will have to show proof of citizenship at the border between the two countries beginning Jan. 31 unless, in the words of Sen. Byron Dorgan, U.S. homeland security officials exercise some "common sense." Dorgan, D-N.D., during an appearance Friday at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitor's Center, urged federal officials to suspend new rules requiring a birth certificate, passport or other proof of citizenship when crossing the border. "It's quite clear we're going to have a mess on the northern border," Dorgan said in a news conference.
Mayor Sandy Shiely questioned the need for a new crosstown route through southern Cottage Grove Wednesday after Washington County officials presented the findings of a transportation study. The city/county study assessed future traffic needs in an area lacking a Washington County road, officials said, and determined an east-west corridor would need to be a county road based on traffic projections, said Joe Lux of the Washington County transportation division.
The State Patrol released the identity of the driver who led police on a high-speed chase along I-494 early Sunday morning. The driver died when his vehicle crashed into a Woodbury police vehicle near the Tamarack Road exit. The unmarked squad was unoccupied, but had its lights activated, when the driver, Joshua Beacom, 19, Maple Grove, plowed into the parked vehicle at more than 100 miles per hour.
Historian A.K. Sandoval-Strausz has written a fascinating study of hostelries in "Hotel: An American History" (Yale University Press, no price). It's his theory that Americans, not Europeans, set the standards for hotels in the 19th century due to several outside forces, including political. In the course of this scholarly book, general readers will be fascinated with individual hotels they may have stayed in or wanted to stay in or were refused entry to. You don't hear about Statler Hotel these days, but 50 years ago magazines were full of ads for the Statler chain.
ST. PAUL - Some Minnesota political heavyweights believe the state's system for deciding legislative and congressional district boundaries is broken. The current system that leaves the job to the Legislature allows incumbent lawmakers to "seek their own constituencies, as opposed to the constituencies seeking their public servants," former Republican Gov.
Long-awaited snowy fields are beckoning snowmobilers to hit the trails within the state. Here's a short list of Minnesota snowmobile facts: Snowmobilers have more than 20,000 miles of trails to ride, including about 18,000 miles of club trails and 2,000 miles of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trails. About 273,000 snowmobiles are licensed in the state. About $8.4 million in Grant-In-Aid money is disbursed to snowmobile clubs statewide each year to reimburse them for trail maintenance and grooming. Some of that is for capital improvements, such as bridges.