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MINNEAPOLIS - The three major-party candidates for Minnesota governor spelled out differing visions of leadership Wednesday during a debate that generated little new information on other issues. The governor should be hopeful, have the "emotional maturity" needed when making tough decisions and work constructively to solve problems, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said. A leader must "cast a vision for the future direction of their state," he said.
A tiny creature rarely seen by most northern Minnesota residents is showing up in local lakes this year, probably because of high water temperatures and low water levels. Freshwater jellyfish have been reported in a few area lakes in recent weeks, with samples taken from at least two lakes. While they have been around for years, most people have never seen one because they spend most of their lives as underwater polyps that live on or near lake bottoms.
A familiar sound has been noticeably absent on Duluth's waterfront. The port's old diaphone foghorn has not issued a single bellow all season. And on Tuesday, members of TOOT, the nonprofit group that owns the horn, began dismantling the massive brass, steel and iron beast. Eric Ringsred, one of TOOT's founders, blames the city and the U.S. Coast Guard for the foghorn's demise. ``We're removing it because of a total lack of commitment,' he said.
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WORTHINGTON -- Now that Republican attorney general hopeful Jeff Johnson has survived the primaries, he's visiting communities to spread his political message -- one that involves keeping children safe, with emphasis on fighting methamphetamine and sexual predators. He is promoting tracking released Level II and III predatory sex offenders by utilizing the Global Positioning System (GPS), something used with varying degrees of success in almost half of the states in the United States. His plan uses the technology of GPS and involves offenders on supervised release wearing an ankle bracelet a
PIPESTONE -- Cattle producers from across southwest Minnesota are being asked to help the state regain its tuberculosis-free status. On Monday, officials from the state Board of Animal Health (BAH), U.S. Department of Agriculture and a local veterinarian were on hand in Pipestone to explain the process of a statewide testing campaign to start this fall. Minnesota lost its 1971-issued TB-free status on July 12, 2005, after a beef herd in Roseau County tested positive for bovine TB infection.
NEBISH -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty should call for a summit of northern Minnesota wood products companies to find a way to save jobs, Attorney General Mike Hatch said here Saturday night. And if he won't, Hatch said he will. The call comes a day after Ainsworth Lumber Co. said it is suspending production at its plants in Cook and Grand Rapids, laying off 300 workers. On Aug.
Two men said to be illegal aliens from Mexico are in custody after being stopped in Babbitt for a traffic violation. The two men were apprehended Sept. 14 by Babbitt police on a routine traffic stop, according to Lonny Schweitzer, a U.S. Border Patrol assistant chief in Grand Forks, N.D. The arrests are part of what Babbitt Police Chief Terry Switajewski sees as a growing number of illegal aliens in the area. ``We've seen more Hispanic workers in this area in the last few years,' Switajewski said.
Another animal protection group has sued the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, saying the state has done little or nothing to stop accidental trapping of federally protected animals. The California-based Animal Protection Institute filed suit in federal court in Minneapolis Wednesday to stop the agency from continuing to violate the federal Endangered Species Act by allowing trappers to use traps and snares that injure and sometimes kill lynx, wolves and eagles. In April, the group sent a letter of intent to sue the DNR in an effort to negotiate changes in trapping rules.
A federal judge in California, in the second phase of a landmark water pollution decision, has given the federal Environmental Protection Agency two years to start regulating the discharge of ballast water from ships. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco in April 2005 ordered the EPA to immediately repeal regulations exempting ship operators from having to obtain permits that regulate the discharge of pollution. She issued a follow-up order Monday.