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A black bear took quite a ride all day Easter Sunday on an ice floe in Lake Superior near Bayfield. The bear was first seen by ferry staff at 7:45 a.m. near Madeline Island. It rode an ice floe in the direction of Basswood Island, Hudson said, then eventually drifted back to Bayfield, a distance of perhaps five miles. Currents and wind affect ice movement. "It saw that it was going to be able to get to land and made a break for it," Hudson said. It climbed up a breakwall and collapsed, where it proceeded to take a long nap, she said. Nobody knows where it went after that, Hudson said.
ST. PAUL - Norm Coleman proposes that his and Al Franken's campaigns have until mid-May to file written arguments in the U.S. Senate election case headed for a Minnesota Supreme Court appeal. Attorneys for Coleman wrote to the high court Wednesday that "the parties, and the court, must be given enough time to fully develop and consider the issues on appeal." Coleman's team proposes a May 15 deadline for written briefs.
ST. PAUL - Sue Klabo said Minnesota hospitals like the one she leads face "grave" circumstances if state policymakers make deep health-care budget cuts. Klabo said her Mahnomen Health Center in northwestern Minnesota is treating a growing number of patients who are uninsured or rely on government-subsidized programs, but faces potential budget reductions that threaten the center's viability. "We are financially marginal now," Klabo, Mahnomen's administrator, told lawmakers Wednesday.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota communities facing the flooding threats need more state assistance, the top state senator on public works projects said. Sen.
ST. PAUL - Efforts to establish veterans' cemeteries in northeastern and southwestern Minnesota are moving ahead slowly, but proponents say they are far from dead. The cemeteries must wait in line, like a funeral procession, until land and money open up. The northeastern plan seemed nearly a done deal: Complete some bureaucratic formalities and a new cemetery would be built on scenic Minnesota parkland.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources may have to shed some of its leaves if a Minnesota House bill passes. The bill, being considered by the Game, Fish and Forestry Division committee, would begin a five-year process of dismantling and selling the DNR's state-run seedling nurseries. The DNR would close either the General Andrews Nursery in Willow River or the Badoura Nursery in Akeley. The other facility would shrink over the five-year period and would eventually be sold. The bill's author, Rep.
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ST. PAUL - Lawmakers are considering closing Minnesota's two state-run walleye and muskie fish hatcheries. Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, brought the bill, saying private business grows walleye fingerlings 37 percent cheaper than the Department of Natural Resources and can produce a more consistent size of young fish. McNamara said that ending the state's hatchery programs will prevent unfair competition between the public and private sectors. The state buys large amounts of fish from the private sector anyway, he said.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. - Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier said he has witnessed law enforcement officers' generosity. The sheriff on Friday told incoming Minnesota State Patrol officers about the support and assistance his office and the family of Mahnomen sheriff's Deputy Christopher Dewey received after Dewey was shot while on duty in February. Officers from all over Minnesota and elsewhere responded almost immediately after Dewey was severely injured while investigating a report of gunshots in the northwestern Minnesota town of Mahnomen.