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MINNEAPOLIS - Proposed commuter rail projects north and south of the Twin Cities face many stops before receiving construction funding. U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, joined by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and other transportation officials, on Tuesday toured the southern point of the planned Northstar commuter rail project, running from Minneapolis northwest through a growing suburban area.
Notes of interest to outdoorsman across Minnesota. New walleye regs set for Mille Lacs Lake Beginning Monday , new walleye fishing regulations will take effect on Mille Lacs Lake, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The regulations will be implemented in hopes of keeping the walleye harvest within the safe harvest limit. Starting Monday, anglers on Mille Lacs may keep only walleyes that are from 14 to 16 inches long, plus one 28 inches or longer, according to a DNR news release. The four-fish bag limit remains the same.
WORTHINGTON -- A Brewster resident led authorities on a high-speed chase that spanned three counties in the early morning hours Tuesday. Jimmy Gene McNab, 26, is being held at the Nobles County Jail pending formal charges after a Worthington Police officer noticed his erratic driving and attempted to stop the green Ford Mustang. According to a police report, McNab was turning off 13th Street onto First Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. when the officer saw the vehicle weaving within its lane.
Fierce winds throughout the Duluth area left as many as 20,000 homes without power Tuesday night and the prospects for restoration could be a day or more away, Minnesota Power spokesman Paul Brissett said. The outages occurred all across Duluth, but the continuing outages were mostly in eastern Duluth. London Road, Lakeside and Kenwood were all still dark at 10 p.m. Proctor, Lakewood and Island Lake also were without power. "We didn't make much progress against those winds today," Brissett said Tuesday night.
Al Mitchell looked approvingly at the posts reinforced by rebar that are rising in a central meeting spot at the Disabled Veterans Rest Camp in northern Washington County. The posts are rising from an excavated area in the commons of the camp, which is on 70-plus acres on the south side of Big Marine Lake off Manning Avenue. The camp, designed to welcome U.S. veterans of military conflicts, is embarking on major renovation projects.
A Duluth anti-war veterans group plans to be in about a dozen more area parades this year, in-stead of wasting time and money in court battling two communities that barred the group from their parades. On Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 80 group will drive their float in Aurora and Gilbert pa-rades, followed Wednesday by a ride in Superior's parade. In Superior, they'll be in the back of the 120 floats. But their placement has nothing to do with their politics, parade co-organizer Bill Andrews promised. Float organizers simply didn't apply to be in the parade until after the deadline,
With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, the DNR reminds those who plan to camp and build campfires that firewood movement restrictions are in place now in Minnesota. The restrictions have been imposed in an effort to prevent the importation of forest insects like the emerald ash borer, which has been devastating urban and forest trees in Canada and several Midwest states. EAB is a tiny beetle that, to date, has killed more than 20 million ash trees and infested more than 40,000 square miles in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Canada. "In early May, Gov.
Four state parks, two military reservations, two refuges and a nature preserve will provide high quality deer hunting opportunities for 475 young hunters this fall. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering ten special youth deer hunts in 2007, at locations with high deer populations that need to be trimmed. Applications for the special youth deer hunts will be accepted beginning July 1 at any DNR Electronic License System vendor, or at the DNR License Center. The deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 17.
Moorhead is considering pulling the plug on funding its portion of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp. Budget constraints and a slash in Local Government Aid from the Minnesota Legislature are reasons the city needs to nix contributing to the region's economic development organization next year, city leaders told the Moorhead Economic Development Authority this week. If Moorhead's Economic Development Authority and, ultimately, the Moorhead City Council decide to quit funding the regional organization, the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp.'s 2008 budget woul
The American bald eagle was officially removed from the endangered species list Thursday at a ceremony near the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. The bald eagle was put on the endangered species list in 1973. In 1968, there was only one pair of nesting eagles in the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge, said MaryBeth Garrigan, director of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. There are now about 30 nesting pairs between Red Wing and Wabasha, Garrigan said. "As far as the National Eagle Center is concerned, we're celebrating this day," she said.