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MINNEAPOLIS - Benji Wilebski's birthday's been a grand slam. Benji, who turns 9 today, got a chance to manage the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night, discussing strategy and the starting lineup with regular Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire. Picking the starting lineup was the only thing on which they didn't see eye to eye. "I switched (Michael) Cuddyer and (Justin) Morneau around," Benji said after the two of them exchanged lineups with the umpires and Detroit Manager Jim Leyland just before the game began.
"Presidential Courage," by Michael Beschloss (Simon & Schuster, $28) is subtitled "Brave Leaders and How They Changed America: 1789-1989." Beschloss is NBC's presidential correspondent and author of eight books about the American presidency. In his new book he plays no favorites, mentioning Republicans and Democrats alike who risked their own careers to do what they thought was right. Beschloss shows us Teddy Roosevelt taunting J.P.
BAGLEY, Minn. -- Tackling energy policy whlie failing to agree on immigration reform, Congress now moves to its next battle -- writing the next five-year farm bill. U.S.
While the cause of deaths of four white tiger cubs this week at a traveling exhibit in Duluth is still unknown, the operator of the exhibit faces numerous charges by the USDA for mistreating his animals as well putting them in a position that has caused injuries to the public.
Hunters who wish to apply for one of 182 permits for the 2007 Minnesota prairie chicken season or for one of 4,490 permits for the fall turkey hunt need to apply by July 27, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials. The five-day prairie chicken season, which will begin on Oct. 20, is open to Minnesota residents only. Hunters will be charged a $4 application fee and may apply individually or in groups up to four.
Bidding reached $2,551.50 on the mounted ice-fishing world-record lake trout that Earl "Punk" Palmquist had listed on eBay last week. But that wasn't high enough for the 80-year-old International Falls angler who caught the fish in 1987. "I don't want to let it go for $2,500," Palmquist said. "I think it's worth more than that." Ironically, the top bid was made by Don Larson, 71, of Grand Rapids, who was with Palmquist when he caught his 40-pound lake trout on Clearwater West Lake near Atikokan, Ontario.
ST. PAUL -- Steve Sviggum, a 15-term lawmaker and former Minnesota House speaker, has been appointed to lead the state Department of Labor and Industry, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Tuesday. Sviggum will take over as the agency's commissioner July 17, stepping away from the Legislature after 28 years in which he became among the state's most influential political leaders. In his new post, Sviggum will lead a 500-employee department charged with overseeing the state worker's compensation system and workplace safety efforts as well as regulating construction codes and licensing.
What authorities described as a rowdy run down the Cannon River culminated Monday in a chase through a cornfield and the arrest of a Plymouth, Minn., man. The suspect, Emre Erku, 18, and others in his group allegedly received complaints about their behavior on the river. Once on land, Erku became confrontational and authorities were called, according to the police report. The group got into a vehicle, with Erku behind the wheel.
ST. PAUL -- State Health Commissioner Dianne Mandernach apologized repeatedly during a joint legislative hearing held Tuesday at the State Capitol to address why her department withheld information the deaths of 35 Iron Range miners from mesothelioma for a year. "It was a mistake I truly regret," she said during a hearing that lasted about 4½ hours. "This information is critical.
LAKE CITY - Police have no suspects in a rash of burglaries that have occurred in Lake City recently. According to police Chief Lyle Schumann, there have been 10 burglaries since the beginning of the year - five forced entry and five non-forced entry. The five non-forced entry burglaries involved someone walking into an unlocked residence, but nothing was taken. Businesses affected were United Building Center, Powers Marine and Construction and Lake City Disposal. At the United Building Center and Powers Marine and Construction, small amounts of cash were taken. "All they took was $