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The disgruntled flight attendant accused of setting a fire in the rear lavatory of a jetliner forced last month to land in Fargo also was on an earlier flight that experienced a bathroom fire, a federal prosecutor said Thursday. The revelation of the coincidence came during a hearing in which a U.S. magistrate decided to release the suspect after imposing conditions aimed at protecting the public and ensuring his future court appearances. Before he was released, Eder H. Rojas, 19, of Woodbury, Minn., pleaded not guilty in U.S.
An 18-year-old Farmington woman died early Saturday morning in a crash at Cedar Avenue and County Road 42 in Apple Valley. According to multiple reports, the crash occurred just after 3 a.m. in Apple Valley. The accident involved three vehicles. The drivers of the other two vehicles were not seriously injured, according to the reports. The names of those involved in the accidents have yet to be released by authorities.
Clean-up efforts continued through the weekend in the aftermath of at least one tornado touchdown Friday, Hubbard County officials said Saturday. While the storm path is believed to have traveled from the Wadena area, through Park Rapids and to north-central Hubbard County at Emmaville, the most damage appears to be near Emmaville. A command post has been established at the Lake Emma Town Hall, involving numerous local, state and federal agencies, David Konshok, Hubbard County emergency management director, said a joint statement from his office and the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department.
Clyde R. White, age 69, of Sturgeon Lake, formerly of St. Paul Park, passed away Monday, June 2, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer at St. Mary's Hospice in Duluth. Visitation 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 14 with a 2 p.m. memorial service at Kok Funeral Home, 1201 Portland Ave. St. Paul Park (651-459-2875).
Minnesotans should pay less for health care insurance under a plan senators passed 62-5 and representatives supported 127-7 early Sunday. The bill both adds 7,000 to the MinnesotaCare state-backed insurance program and takes steps to make Minnesotans healthier in an attempt to lower health-insurance premiums. The measure was not what everyone wanted. Sen.
ST. PAUL - Tax breaks and a park. A balanced budget and health-care reform. More education money and improved nursing home funding. Those are among issues Minnesota lawmakers approved during a rare Sunday session before adjourning for the year. The House ended its work for the year at 11:44 p.m., followed four minutes later by the Senate. The 201 legislators ended their work Sunday night, the second time lawmakers met for business on a Sunday, following more than two weeks of intense negotiation that wrapped up early Sunday afternoon between Republican Gov.
House members gave overwhelming approval to allow Fargo, N.D.-based Prairie St. John's to build a psychiatric hospital in Woodbury. On a 125-8 vote, representatives allow the facility construction despite a statewide moratorium on new hospital beds. It would provide room for 66 patients - down from the 144-bed original request - for youths under 21 years of age. "The crisis is now," Rep. Marsha Swails, DFL-Woodbury, told her colleagues.
The Hastings bridge is down to one lane for a little longer through Friday, May 9, according to a press release. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is extending the hours of single-lane traffic across the bridge. It will now be single lane from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturday, May 3, the bridge will be single lane from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The painting and repair project scheduled on the bridge began Monday, April 14 with the installation of a temporary signal system at Highway 55 and Dakota County Road 42.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed legislation today funding a study of cancer found at an abnormally high rate among Iron Range mine workers. Pawlenty approved the bill paying for a $4.9 million study of mesothelioma, a rare lung cancer believed to have caused the deaths of 58 northeastern Minnesota mine workers. "I'm pleased we were able to work with the Legislature to reach a compromise that ensured these important studies will move forward," Pawlenty said in a statement.
Republicans begin airing a television commercial today in the Twin Cities area that targets House Democrats who supported a state gasoline tax increase earlier this year. It could be aired elsewhere later. "Who's to blame for higher gas prices? It's the Democrats in the state Capitol," says a voice in the 15-second ad. The House Republican Campaign Committee-funded ad will appear on Twin Cities' network affiliate television stations.