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WILMONT, Minn. -- By any standard, it was a horrific car crash: Nine people dead and 38 children, ages 1 to 39, were left without one or both of their parents. Now, almost 50 years later, the small southwestern Minnesota town of Wilmont is coming together to memorialize the 50th anniversary of the crash, which remains Nobles County's largest tragedy. The crash occurred in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, 1960, about 20 minutes after seven people from Wilmont finished their night shift at Campbell's Soup Co. in nearby Worthington, Minn.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- A Willmar man is among seven Minnesota soldiers who will be honored by the Netherlands government for helping liberate part of central Holland during a harrowing mission 65 years ago. Lyle Sande was among 20,000 U.S., British and Polish troops who parachuted or floated in gliders into central Holland on Sept. 17, 1944.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Minnesota is smack dab in the middle of the 2009 deer hunting season. For many hunters, that means perching precariously on a small, cold seat high in the trees waiting for a big buck to stroll by. But that won't be Dave Boman of Twin Valley this year: He will be deer hunting, but he won't be cold. More than likely, he'll sit on a couch or La-Z-Boy while drinking a cup of coffee on his deer stand. Boman, a welder and farmer by trade, built the ultimate deer stand this summer near Flom, Minn.
One of the most touching films I've seen in years is "Remains of the Day," a story set against the backdrop of pre-World War II, which tells of the unrequited love of the housekeeper (Emma Thompson) of a baronial manor and the butler (Anthony Hopkins). The movie drips with Britishness, manor houses, Rolls-Royce, Nazi sympathizers. The novel is based on was written by Japanese-English author Kazuo Ishiguro and won the Booker Prize.
It's nearly a 1,300-mile drive from the Twin Ports to Fort Hood, Texas, but Thursday's news of gunfire and mass death at the world's largest military base hit close to home in the Northland. Nancy Norvell was devastated when she saw the news break. The Duluth resident's son is stationed at Fort Hood. "My first thought was, 'He survived Iraq only to get shot at Fort Hood, Texas,' " she said. "It was just horrible." She tried to call the cell phone of her son, Army Capt. Tim Lafferty, but got no answer.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Wes Libbey can still remember the first buck he shot at. A big 12-pointer, he recalled. "I pulled up the trusty .38-55," Libbey said. "Thirty-five yards. Broadside." He missed the buck cleanly, and the Grand Rapids hunter still thinks about it 84 years later. At 100, Libbey is still hunting deer.
Some are there because of the recession, and others despite it. Regardless, more young Americans than ever are in college -- especially community college, according to a new report. A record high of about 11.5 million Americans age 18 to 24, or nearly 40 percent, attended college in October 2008, according to a study of Census data released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.
Some of the oldest and most storied vessels on the Great Lakes were granted a reprieve Tuesday evening. Sen. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., and Dave Obey, D-Wis., say they have brokered a compromise with the Environmental Protection Agency that would exempt Great Lakes steamships from new rules that could have sidelined them or forced expensive overhauls. The EPA had proposed a rule requiring all ships operating on the Great Lakes to burn low-sulfur marine diesel fuel, a change that the agency said could prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths.
Gloria Lund admits to having a bit of a busy personality. But when you have sewing and quilting skills that can be a good thing. Lund's passion for working on the sewing machine generated out of necessity.
Minnesota's forests can sustain logging 5.5 million cords of wood each year, about double the current level, according to an analysis for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released Monday. The DNR, in the first major update of the state's 1994 generic environmental impact statement on tree cutting and its impact on the overall forest, estimates the current harvest is about 2.7 million cords per year. That's down 1 million cords from 2006 and down 1.5 million cords from the peak harvest of about 4.2 million cords in the mid-1990s, said Keith Jacobson, DNR forest products utilizati