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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.
The American bald eagle was officially removed from the endangered species list Thursday at a ceremony near the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. The bald eagle was put on the endangered species list in 1973. In 1968, there was only one pair of nesting eagles in the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge, said MaryBeth Garrigan, director of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. There are now about 30 nesting pairs between Red Wing and Wabasha, Garrigan said. "As far as the National Eagle Center is concerned, we're celebrating this day," she said.
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.
Earl "Punk" Palmquist wants to sell his world record. The International Falls angler caught the world-record lake trout while ice fishing in 1987 on Clearwater West Lake near Atikokan, Ontario. The 40-pound lake trout, now mounted and on his wall, is still recognized as the largest taken through the ice. But for the right amount of cash, Palmquist will part with it. He has two good reasons, he says. One is named Dusty, and the other is Nicholas. "I've got these two grandsons," said Palmquist, 80. "Both are going to college. One's already going, and the other will go next year.
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.