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Redpolls and pine siskins are dying at bird feeders in central and Northeastern Minnesota, and the cause is suspected to be salmonella from spoiled feed. "The first signs came in late February," said Rich Staffon, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources area wildlife manager at Cloquet. "We've had a dramatic increase in inquiries in the last couple of weeks.
A new state program at the University of Minnesota Duluth has begun picking up the tab for low-income students' birth control needs. UMD health services nurse-practitioner Sharon Anderson said she was bothered by having to send some students to Planned Parenthood earlier this year, where family planning is free for people with low incomes. "Many of my students were not able to cover the cost of their birth control pills, either due to parents losing their jobs, losing insurance or just not having enough money at the end of the month," she said.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota and Wisconsin each could see a one-time savings of $10 million by sharing resources - from prison food plans to fish eggs - and buying in bulk, the states' governors said. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Gov.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota is set to receive nearly $200 million in federal energy funds, but state legislators first must decide how to spend it. Lawmakers are considering a variety of ways to spend money from the federal economic recovery package in the coming months.
ST. PAUL - Norm Coleman will appeal his U.S.
To the casual passerby, it would appear that Joe Shead might be disoriented. Or, perhaps that he has lost his car keys and is trying to track them down. He moves deliberately across the snowy Duluth hillside, head down, eyes searching. But, no. Shead, who lives in Superior, is looking for antlers. Like a growing number of Northland residents, he's a "shed" antler hunter. He's a collector of antlers that whitetail bucks shed naturally this time of year. "After you find that first one, you're hooked," Shead said. "It's kind of like an addiction.
ON SAGANAGA LAKE, NORTH OF GRAND MARAIS -- We have done this the other way. We have marched eight or 12 or 18 miles into the bush. We have made the multi-day slog on snowshoes or skis. We have gone in January and February and watched the mercury pool at the bottom of the bulb. We have endured the deep dark of those early-winter days when the light oozes out of the west by 4:30 p.m. Not this time. It was Jeff Larson of Cook who began making sense when we were talking about a trip back in January. No, he said.
When the Soo Locks open each year, lakers are usually lined up waiting to get through and begin a new shipping season. But that's not likely to happen when the locks open this year on March 25. The crew of the James R. Barker doesn't plan to leave the ship's winter berth at Midwest Energy Resources Co. in Superior until March 29 -- a full four days after the Soo Locks begin operating.