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The population of Minnesota increased by 38,033 persons or 0.7 percent between July 2007 and July 2008, a slightly slower growth rate than in the preceding year. According to new estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota's population on July 1, 2008 was 5,220,393. Since the 2000 Census, Minnesota has grown by 300,901 people or 6.1 percent, ranking the state 19th in the country in the number of people added and 26th in percentage of growth. In the last year, the Midwestern states of South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska all increased growth and grew faster than Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS - The golden retriever that was shot and left for dead in a snowbank near Glenwood in west central Minnesota will be going home in time for Christmas. The 2-year-old dog now named Orphan Annie has made a remarkable recovery and will be released from the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
ST. PAUL -- Al Franken's campaign celebrated the election board's request that a controversial pile of ballots be counted. Norm Coleman's attorneys sought the state Supreme Court's swift intervention to avoid a "Florida-style" ballot mishap. And the state's election chief reminded everyone Minnesota's U.S. Senate race will not be decided for at least another week. Those actions followed the state Canvassing Board's request Friday that counties sort rejected absentee ballots and count any they believe were improperly rejected.
Judith G. Wersal Evjen, age 68, of Hampton, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 13th, 2008 after a long battle with diabetic complications. Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7600 Cahill Road, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Visitation 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at White Funeral Home, 901 3rd St. Farmington, Minn. Interment, Hillcrest Cemetery, Hampton, Minn. White Funeral Home, Farmington, Minn, 651-463-7674. www.whitefuneralhomes.com
Enbridge Energy Pipeline is asking for a hearing with the federal Pipeline Safety Administration to reduce its $2.4 million proposed penalty.
ST. PAUL - Al Franken's campaign dropped 633 of its ballot challenges in Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount, an initial step toward an accurate picture of the race. The withdrawal Wednesday of some ballot challenges the Democrat's recount observers have made was the first of what both the Franken and Norm Coleman campaigns say will be many withdrawn ballot challenges. Challenged ballots - totaling 6,326 as of Wednesday night -- cloud the status of the recount because they are not included in the secretary of state's tally.
A Dakota County Sheriff's deputy convicted for his role in a fatal accident in Farmington is back in the court system this week. Joshua Williams was arrested early on the morning of Nov. 15 on suspicion of drunk driving. Williams was in the final week of a field training program in August of 2007 when he made a U-Turn on Highway 3 and hit Farmington resident Bill Wallace. This time around Williams was off duty and driving on 160th Street around 2 a.m. when a sheriff's deputy pulled him over for speeding.
BAXTER, Minn. -- Police are investigating why a 5-year-old kindergarten student was left on his bus and not dropped off at a Baxter school. Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted says the boy was found unharmed in the bus at the Cass County home of the bus driver. Exsted says the boy had been on the bus for about two hours. The 44-year-old bus driver, from rural Pillager, was arrested later Wednesday on probable cause of gross misdemeanor DWI. At 10:20 a.m.
ST. PAUL - Transportation officials said they completed extensive statewide bridge inspections, planned to hire more engineers and improved the way bridge reviews are handled. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is moving beyond the stepped-up bridge inspections Gov. Tim Pawlenty called for and the agency completed following the August 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse, bridge experts told lawmakers Wednesday during a bridge program update.
"Red osier dogwood, the Indians called it kinnickinnic, took inside their lungs smoke from the bark mixed with bear root and tobacco leaves.