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Fifteen teams representing seven District 196 schools had top finishes at metro-area tournaments in February and March, qualifying to compete at the Destination ImagiNation state tournament April 22 in Champlin.
The annual Cold Weather Rule protecting residential energy customers from having their primary heating source disconnected expires April 15. Xcel Energy is reminding customers who may have fallen behind on their bills to make arrangements to ensure their service is not interrupted.
Burnsville teacher accused of sexually explicit communication with student BURNSVILLE, MInn. — A Burnsville High School music teacher is accused of having sexually explicit electronic communication with a student over the past several weeks, police said. Erik Micheal Akervik, 29, of Burnsville, was arrested at the high school about 11:30 a.m. Monday and booked into Dakota County jail on suspicion of using the internet or a computer to distribute material that relates or describes sexual conduct with a child, jail records show.
DULUTH — A Fraser Shipyards employee who was injured while working on a Great Lakes freighter in February has died, and the company faces a citation from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the incident. Joseph Burch, a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 117 and a 22-year employee of the company, died Saturday night, according to his family. The Superior, Wis., native died as a result of burns suffered in the Feb. 6 incident on a vessel that was moored in the Twin Ports for repairs during winter layup.
Government oversight and transparency are vital to ensuring people's trust. My office oversees over $20 billion of taxpayer money spent yearly by local government in Minnesota. When we find compliance failures or financial improprieties, we must call them out. Due to the nature of the work, we are bound to ruffle feathers at times.
BATTLE LAKE, Minn.—Battle Lake police said Sunday that they doubt there was an abduction of a child on Friday. "As of Sunday morning, April 9, we still have had no reports of anyone missing. At this time we believe that whatever was witnessed may have been either misinterpreted or was a parent picking up their child," the police said in a Facebook post. "In this case the witnesses were very young and it is difficult to determine factual information," the post said.
The author William Gibson writes, "The future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed." So true when it comes to broadband. Given Minnesota's many opportunities and challenges — in economy, health care, education and public life — it is easy to see how access and use of high-speed internet is essential for progress. Yet absent adequate broadband, existing opportunity gaps across our state will continue to widen.
ST. PAUL—A 21-year-old man has been charged with a misdemeanor in connection with a crash last year that killed a 20-year-old mother who was expecting her second child. Drew Tyler Fleming, 21, of North Hudson, Wis., was charged with one count of reckless driving in the Feb. 29, 2016, crash in Washington County that killed Megan Goeltz, 22, of Hudson, Wis. According to charges filed Friday in Washington County, Fleming "was distracted by his cell phone."
ST. PAUL—State Rep. John Lesch, a veteran lawmaker from St. Paul, is launching a bid for Minnesota attorney general. A longtime prosecutor for the city of St. Paul, Lesch was first elected to the Minnesota House in 2002. After an unofficial trip to Iraq in 2006, Lesch enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in 2009, when he was in his late 30s.
On March 29, the United Kingdom sent a letter to the European Union invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the two-year separation process. It's fair to wonder why Americans and particularly those of us in the Heartland should care about U.K.-EU relations. If the "special relationship" between the United States and the U.K. isn't enough to warrant concern, surely trade between the two countries is.