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A 24-year-old woman was found dead in the trunk of her car Friday night in a Burnsville park, according to the Savage Police Department. Katherine Ann Olson had been in Savage for a babysitting job she found through an Internet classifieds Web site, according to the report. Savage Police said a 19-year-old man was arrested in connection with the murder at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where he works. Formal charges are expected Monday, according to the press release. Olson's body was found around 10 p.m. Friday night at Kraemer Nature Preserve.
WILLMAR -- Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Wilmar, said he'd like to see Minnesota offer worker ID cards to illegal immigrants. Doing so would allow "hard-working" undocumented immigrants who are already living here to get "out of the shadows" and work at businesses that need, and want, them. The Willmar Republican said employer-sponsored identification cards would remove the "criminal aspect" of being here to work.
A man drowned Saturday afternoon after his kayak capsized on Sugar Lake north of Remer, the Cass County Sheriff's Office reported today (Monday). Authorities responded to the lake shortly after 4 p.m. The victim, Stephen Chudzik, 50, of St. Paul, was transported to the Grand Rapids hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
QUANDARY: Anecdotal reports from hunters point to a poor harvest this fall, and biologists aren't sure why. Where have the grouse gone? That's the question several ruffed grouse biologists and grouse hunters tried to answer at an informal meeting Wednesday in Grand Rapids. Spring drumming counts in Minnesota indicated the statewide grouse population was up about 30 percent over last year.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Chris and Stephanie Potter have come to know a whitetail buck they call Jackson, who visits a feeder near their rural Two Harbors home. Chris wrote this essay as Minnesota's firearms deer season approaches. My wife, Stephanie, and I have always been somewhat private people, but we feel the need to share our story to give a magnificent buck a fair chance this deer season. We began feeding deer in 1996 for the mere pleasure of watching them and finding their shed antlers. I am a deer hunter myself, but I do not hunt on or even near our property.
My friend Owen Oxley is a stubborn cuss. The Minneapolis advertising executive has had his ups and downs. When young British kids were being sent to the U.S. in 1940 to avoid the blitz, little Owen Oxley's parents sent him to live with his English grandparents on the Dover coast! Years later, he founded a glossy magazine, "Edina," but when the economy went south, so did "Edina." Later, he wrote a wonderful book based on the experience of living with his mortician English grandfather on the Dover coast.
WILLMAR -- Pesticides are coming under increased scrutiny in the state, and with it has come a call for a change in the law that governs the public's access to information on their use. State Rep. Ken Tschumper, DFL-La Crescent, is hosting a hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Tschumper, chair of the House subcommittee on Environmental Justice and Healthy Housing, has authored legislation to broaden Minnesota's pesticide right-to-know law. His bill would make public the records kept by those applying restricted use pesticides in the state.
ST. PAUL - Carol Molnau watched as Gov. Tim Pawlenty went before reporters to publicly veto a large transportation spending bill.
Becker County Attorney Joe Evans was named a Minnesota district judge Friday by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Evans will fill the trial court bench vacancy that will occur with the retirement of Thomas Schroeder on Oct.
Scott Wente firstname.lastname@example.org ST. PAUL - A group of Democratic lawmakers want Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau to resign, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office said Minnesota's top transportation official will not be fired. Many Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party legislators long have been critical of top officials at the Department of Transportation, but Wednesday was the first time they raised their criticism to the point of seeking Molnau's resignation. She also is Republican Pawlenty's lieutenant governor. Standing near a busy St.