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ST. PAUL - Democrats are not waiting for Gov. Tim Pawlenty to become John McCain's running mate; they are attacking now. The Democratic National Committee has launched www.thenextcheney.com , which criticizes the leading Republican vice presidential contenders, including Minnesota's governor. In a telephone conference call with reporters introducing the Web site, state Sen. Kathy Saltzman, DFL-Woodbury, said Pawlenty is too partisan: "The success of our state is a result of a long-standing tradition in which politicians have put our state first before partisan politics.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Opening arguments will begin at 8 a.m. today in the trial of the Guatemalan woman accused of causing the fatal school bus crash near Cottonwood. Jury selection was completed around 2 p.m. Wednesday in the trial of Olga Marina Franco Del Cid, 24, of Minneota, who faces a total of 24 charges stemming from the Feb. 19 crash. Defense attorney Manuel Guerrero has alluded to his argument during the three-day jury selection process. Judge David W.
PAYNESVILLE, Minn. -- One girl. One ride. One seriously huge undertaking. Twelve-year-old E'leese Madgett-Manrique of Plymouth, mom Kerry Madgett and their 16-year-old Arabian gelding "Chip" weren't horsing around Wednesday when they rode through Paynesville with a $16 million dream. This passionate pre-teen's planned 860-mile journey began with a dream to "serve our soldiers as they serve our country," by building a resort-like ranch to offer relief and relaxation to returning veterans through equine therapy.
Carol Race will not face criminal charges for allegedly bringing her severely autistic 13-year-old son, Adam, to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bertha, Minn., on Mother's Day in violation of a restraining order. The church requested that a citation issued against her May 15 be dismissed, canceling a pretrial settlement hearing set for July 14. The church felt dismissing the criminal citation was the right decision to be made, said Jane Marrin, a spokeswoman for St. Joseph's. "The hope for resolution is what the parish community is all concentrating on," she said. Both St.
Candace Ballstadt chewed on the headrest a bit, trying to distract herself. It didn't work. "Baby!" she shouted. "Babybabybaby!" And there he was. Robert Edward Ballstadt popped into his father's waiting hands -- right in the cab Tony Ballstadt's Ford pickup. They were four minutes short of making it to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center. Tony's mother, Betty Ballstadt, who was driving the F250 Super Duty Crew Cab truck, got to call the time of birth: 3:56 a.m.
Nearly six months to the day after a 26-year-old man was gunned down in Red Wing, the final suspect in his murder was arrested. Goodhue County prosecutors confirmed Thursday that Donald Andre Sesley was taken into custody by authorities in Arkansas. According to staff at the Pulaski County detention facility, Sesley was brought in July 19 on a fugitive hold. Goodhue County Attorney Stephen Betcher said Sesley, 20, is believed to be the man identified by co-defendants in the case as "J.R." According to witness testimony, J.R.
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WILLMAR -- Recovery efforts were in full force over the weekend after a Friday evening twister ripped through two businesses on the southeast edge of Willmar and plowed down three rural homes and several turkey barns. Mild weather Saturday and Sunday helped the cleanup go well, but strong winds blew grit, field dirt and sawdust into eyes and faces to provide just one more reminder of the tornado that seemed to pop out of nowhere on Friday.
The Superior (Wis.) Police Department said three young boys and their mother, reported missing last week, were found safe early today in Ashland. Police arrested the mother for interfering with a custody case. Colleen Larson, and her children, ages 6, 10 and 11, were found at a shelter in Ashland, Wis., Superior police said in a news release. Police had asked for the public's help in locating the family, from Rush City, Minn., after they were reported missing Friday. The family had last been seen in Superior on Thursday, apparently headed for Ashland, police said.
The election results are in. No, they are not from a political race, but from an online poll of the sexiest Minnesota Capitol dwellers. The Rake, an online magazine, accepted nominations for "the most beautiful, spectacular and otherwise hot people who labor at the Capitol." Five men and five women -- lobbyists, legislative staffers, a lawmaker and even press corps members -- made the cut. They took part in a photo shoot featured on The Rake's Web site as they vie for "king and queen of Minnesota politics." There were plenty of nominations -- and a few people unhappy with the results.