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Vicki Seliger Swenson offered the only victim impact statement and convicted murderer Steven Van Keuren sat silently while Judge Elizabeth Martin sentenced him to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of release Thursday afternoon in a Washington County courtroom. Van Keuren, of River Falls, Wis., was convicted Wednesday when the jury returned verdicts of guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Teri Lee and Tim Hawkinson Sr. Van Keuren shot both in Lee's West Lakeland Township home Sept. 22, 2006.
Some environmentalists on Thursday said new ballast water regulations advancing in Congress need to be improved or may end up doing little to stop the spread if invasive species in the Great Lakes. One of two ballast water measures in Congress passed the House Transportation and Infrastruc-ture Committee Thursday and is headed to the full House. The measure is part of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007 and represents the first major ballast water treatment regulations to advance this far. The bill includes a provision that requires about 98 percent of living organisms in ballast wate
MOUNTAIN IRON -- Joe Scholar has had cancer twice. But he has only one concern. "All I want to do is save the children of the Range," said Scholar, 84, of Virginia, a former LTV Steel Mining Co. employee. "Especially the ones in Virginia that have to drink water that has tailings in it and breathe the air that comes into Virginia from U.S.
LAKE CITY - Ralph Samuelson's historic water skis will get a splash of modern paint this summer. Lake City's 36th annual Water Ski Days kicks off today (Wednesday) at 5 pm. and promises more fun and excitement than ever. New sights and activities have been added to showcase local talent.
ST. PAUL -- The 2,600 Minnesota National Guard troops stationed in Iraq for the past 16 months should be home within weeks, officials said Tuesday. Some members of the 34th Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team already left Iraq, and all of the troops are expected back in the United States by early August, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota Adjutant Gen.
There was a knock on the door at a farmhouse in rural East Lansing, Mich. It was 10 p.m. It was the United States Anti-Doping Agency looking for runner Kyle Baker. This wasn't a clandestine meeting, rather the luck of the draw for Baker. He was randomly chosen from a pool of track and field athletes for an out-of-competition drug test in 2003. No performance-enhancing drugs were found when his urine was later analyzed. Baker, 30, says that if testing helps keep his sport clean, he's for it.
A 49-year-old man - a mobile crane operator from rural Gilbert - was killed at Mittal Steel USA's Minorca Mine near Virginia about noon Friday when the crane tipped over while he was operating it. Details of the accident are under investigation by the Mine Safety and Health Administration and St.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota farmland could serve as a laboratory for new federally directed research into the next phase of renewable energy. Congress has begun writing new federal agriculture legislation, which will replace the existing farm bill that expires in September.
A candle may have started a sauna fire that injured four people early Saturday, the Itasca County Sheriff's Department reported. The Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 12:06 a.m. reporting a fire at a cabin located on Swan Lake in rural Pengilly. A deputy responding to the call pulled the four victims from the sauna, whose attached changing room had caught fire. Those injured in the fire were Carrie Lee Anderson, 26, and Peter Michael Anderson, 26, both of Northfield, Minn., and Cassie Lynn Masloski, 26 and James Arthur Zgoda, 28, both of Hastings, Minn.
Microsurfacing on Hwy 52 will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 11 from Dakota County Rd. 86 to County Rd. 42 between Cannon Falls and Rosemount. Traffic will be restricted to one lane during non-peak hours for traffic both north and southbound during the resurfacing. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-July, weather permitting. MnDOT urges motorists to drive with caution, reminding them to slow down in the work zone and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.