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A black bear took quite a ride all day Easter Sunday on an ice floe in Lake Superior near Bayfield. The bear was first seen by ferry staff at 7:45 a.m. near Madeline Island. It rode an ice floe in the direction of Basswood Island, Hudson said, then eventually drifted back to Bayfield, a distance of perhaps five miles. Currents and wind affect ice movement. "It saw that it was going to be able to get to land and made a break for it," Hudson said. It climbed up a breakwall and collapsed, where it proceeded to take a long nap, she said. Nobody knows where it went after that, Hudson said.
ST. PAUL - Norm Coleman proposes that his and Al Franken's campaigns have until mid-May to file written arguments in the U.S. Senate election case headed for a Minnesota Supreme Court appeal. Attorneys for Coleman wrote to the high court Wednesday that "the parties, and the court, must be given enough time to fully develop and consider the issues on appeal." Coleman's team proposes a May 15 deadline for written briefs.
ST. PAUL - Sue Klabo said Minnesota hospitals like the one she leads face "grave" circumstances if state policymakers make deep health-care budget cuts. Klabo said her Mahnomen Health Center in northwestern Minnesota is treating a growing number of patients who are uninsured or rely on government-subsidized programs, but faces potential budget reductions that threaten the center's viability. "We are financially marginal now," Klabo, Mahnomen's administrator, told lawmakers Wednesday.
Robert R. McDaniel, age 88 of Rosemount, passed away April 18, 2009. Service Tuesday, April 21, 12 noon at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave. with visitation Monday, 5-8 p.m. at Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 14850 Garrett Ave., Apple Valley and also 1/2 hour before service. Interment Lakewood. Arrangements by Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 952-432-2331, obit.HenryWAnderson.com
Margaret Ann Derichs, age 75 of Rosemount, passed away April 17, 2009. Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 13900 Biscayne Ave., Rosemount. Interment, Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements by Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 952-432-2331, obit.HenryWAnderson.com
David O. Sandstrom, age 77 of Rosemount, died April 16, 2009. Funeral service 11 a.m. Monday, April 20 at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 7510 Palomino Dr., Apple Valley. Visitation 2-5 p.m. Sunday at White Funeral Home, 901 3rd Street, and one hour prior to the service at church. Interment: Battle Lake, Minn. White Funeral Home, Farmington, 651-463-7374.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota communities facing the flooding threats need more state assistance, the top state senator on public works projects said. Sen.
ST. PAUL - Efforts to establish veterans' cemeteries in northeastern and southwestern Minnesota are moving ahead slowly, but proponents say they are far from dead. The cemeteries must wait in line, like a funeral procession, until land and money open up. The northeastern plan seemed nearly a done deal: Complete some bureaucratic formalities and a new cemetery would be built on scenic Minnesota parkland.