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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking watercraft inspector interns for this year's boating season. Inspectors are stationed at public accesses on lakes and rivers infested with invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels.
WILLMAR -- Jose Hildalgo Lopez, who is here illegally from Honduras, has been sentenced to serve 86 months in prison for assaulting a woman July 3 in Willmar. When his sentence is completed, he will be deported to Honduras. "There is a (Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement) hold on him and he will be deported," said Connie Crowell, first assistant Kandiyohi County attorney. Lopez had originally faced four felony charges for stabbing, strangling and raping a woman during a domestic assault at his home.
The Washington County Attorney's Office charged a Woodbury man Thursday with drug-related crimes after police found more than two dozen pot plants and several bags of cocaine in his home. Earl Paul Gray Jr., 22, faces charges of first degree possession of 25 or more grams of cocaine and fifth degree sale of marijuana. Gray also faces charges of obstructing the legal process for resisting arrest, a criminal complaint stated. St. Paul police made the arrest Tuesday, March 4 at Gray's town home on Courtly Alcove. According to the criminal complaint, in January St.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota income taxpayers and military veterans could benefit from a tax bill lawmakers passed Thursday and rushed to Gov. Tim Pawlenty for his approval. The bill puts Minnesota in line with new federal tax policies and includes other measures that were part of a larger, controversial tax package Pawlenty vetoed last year. Democratic-Farmer-Laborites, who control the Legislature, said it was important to get the bill to Republican Pawlenty as soon as possible.
A homeowner doing renovation work at 601 Davis Avenue in Detroit Lakes got a scare Sunday evening when he pulled up flooring and discovered bones and a remnant of fabric -- that looked like it could have once been clothing -- in a crawl space under the house. He called police, who asked a local medical officer to determine if the pieces of bone were human, according to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena. The medical officer wasn't sure if the bones were human, so the on-duty sergeant talked to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which agreed to send a team to the scene to assist
Minnesota is much farther along than North Dakota when it comes to making sure its high school graduates are ready for college or the workplace, according to a report by Achieve Inc. Minnesota will have high school standards and graduation requirements in place that meet college and workplace expectations in 2008, Achieve reported in "Closing the Expectations Gap." Minnesota is now in the process of choosing or creating a readiness test for high school students.
In "The Senator's Wife," (Knopf, $24.95) novelist Sue Miller is in top form as she plumbs the depths of two women who have become neighbors in a small New England college town. First comes Meri, a 30-something newlywed, married to a college professor, who is taking his first tenure track job. Meri comes from a poor family, has worked as a journalist, isn't sure she wants to buy a house, isn't sure just how she feels about her husband or him her, except when they're in bed. They've rented half of a charming two family home.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators are considering whether to tighten dangerous dog laws after some well-publicized Minneapolis attacks. Lawmakers are talking about regulations as strict as banning some breeds in the state. Other proposals are aimed at dog owners instead of specific breeds. The House Public Safety and Civil Justice Committee could hear up to four dog-related bills Tuesday. A proposal to ban certain dog breeds, authored by Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St.
Seven years have passed since Minnesota last raised fishing license fees, and Department of Natural Resources officials are weighing whether to ask for an increase during the current legislative session. "It's still uncertain at this time. We're still crunching the numbers," said Dave Schad, director of the DNR's Division of Fish and Wildlife. Typically, the DNR increases hunting and fishing license fees about every six years, just to keep up with rising costs. The last increase came in 2001.
GRANITE FALLS -- War came home to Granite Falls on Wednesday afternoon with what one witness called "a deafening silence." Hushed conversations turned utterly silent as a procession of fire and police vehicles led a hearse carrying the body of Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Ryan Kahler. Vehicles carrying teary-eyed family members of the deceased serviceman rolled quietly by the hundreds of people who lined the route through town. "When it is in your backyard, it takes on a different perspective. This is really very difficult," said Gene Stukel.