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ON BIRCH LAKE -- Surrounded by the deep-blue waters and lush shoreline of a northern Minnesota lake, Dan Olson and two fellow drillers toiled last week inside a small metal enclosure in 92-degree heat. "Sweaty," was how Olson described working conditions inside the massive drill rig atop 7,000-acre Birch Lake near Babbitt. "It's what they call the weight-control plan." In coming years, hundreds of workers could be sweating in copper, nickel and precious metals operations in Northeastern Minnesota. Franconia Minerals Corp.
ST. PAUL - An agriculture policy debate often defined by regional differences took on a decidedly partisan tone Thursday in Congress. As the U.S. House began debate on a new five-year farm bill, Republicans decried the last-minute addition of a tax provision while Democrats claimed opponents were trying to stall progress on legislation that had garnered the backing of more than 100 farm, energy and conservation groups. Months in the making, the $286 billion bill grew increasingly controversial in the hours leading up to the debate.
Campfires will be restricted in the 1999 blow-down area of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. After that, campfires, charcoal or wood-burning camp stoves will be allowed only between the hours of 7 p.m.
An 86-year-old Red Wing man drowned Tuesday morning while fishing alone at park in downtown Red Wing. The man was later identified as Howard Korsten. Authorities said Korsten was standing on a spot known as Levee Wall when he fell into the river. The concrete area is pitched toward the water and has no railing. Friends of Korsten told police they became concerned after spotting his fishing gear on the wall but saw nobody around. They ran to the site and found their friend unresponsive in the water.
MINNEAPOLIS - Benji Wilebski's birthday's been a grand slam. Benji, who turns 9 today, got a chance to manage the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night, discussing strategy and the starting lineup with regular Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire. Picking the starting lineup was the only thing on which they didn't see eye to eye. "I switched (Michael) Cuddyer and (Justin) Morneau around," Benji said after the two of them exchanged lineups with the umpires and Detroit Manager Jim Leyland just before the game began.
"Presidential Courage," by Michael Beschloss (Simon & Schuster, $28) is subtitled "Brave Leaders and How They Changed America: 1789-1989." Beschloss is NBC's presidential correspondent and author of eight books about the American presidency. In his new book he plays no favorites, mentioning Republicans and Democrats alike who risked their own careers to do what they thought was right. Beschloss shows us Teddy Roosevelt taunting J.P.
While the cause of deaths of four white tiger cubs this week at a traveling exhibit in Duluth is still unknown, the operator of the exhibit faces numerous charges by the USDA for mistreating his animals as well putting them in a position that has caused injuries to the public.
BAGLEY, Minn. -- Tackling energy policy whlie failing to agree on immigration reform, Congress now moves to its next battle -- writing the next five-year farm bill. U.S.
Hunters who wish to apply for one of 182 permits for the 2007 Minnesota prairie chicken season or for one of 4,490 permits for the fall turkey hunt need to apply by July 27, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials. The five-day prairie chicken season, which will begin on Oct. 20, is open to Minnesota residents only. Hunters will be charged a $4 application fee and may apply individually or in groups up to four.
Bidding reached $2,551.50 on the mounted ice-fishing world-record lake trout that Earl "Punk" Palmquist had listed on eBay last week. But that wasn't high enough for the 80-year-old International Falls angler who caught the fish in 1987. "I don't want to let it go for $2,500," Palmquist said. "I think it's worth more than that." Ironically, the top bid was made by Don Larson, 71, of Grand Rapids, who was with Palmquist when he caught his 40-pound lake trout on Clearwater West Lake near Atikokan, Ontario.