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A 37-year-old man was killed after he was injured by a cow that experienced complications during birth at a farm near Bertha, according to the Todd County Sheriff's Office. Kirk Patrick Harms was pronounced dead after being transported to Tri-County Hospital. The accident happened at about 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, on County Road 23 in Bertha Township. The Bertha Rescue squad assisted at the scene.
ST. PAUL - A group of environmental and social service agencies believes Minnesotans should be protected from certain chemicals and alerted to pesticide applications. Healthy Legacy, a consortium of dozens of organizations including Clean Water Action Alliance of Minnesota and the Minnesota Nurses Association, want legislators to approve three proposals this year. The so-called Pesticide Right to Know proposal, authored by Democratic Rep.
"Mid-List" is a word that doesn't get much play any more in the book world. In the old days most publishers had a "mid-list" section of books for sale. These were good books, but books that didn't promise to make a lot of money right away. They weren't at the bottom of the heap, but not at the top, either, at least in terms of sales. This all changed a quarter century ago when Congress -- in its wisdom --decided to tax publishers' inventories, just as it taxes the nuts and bolts and nails in storage at hardware manufacturing companies.
ST. PAUL - School buses remain a safe way to transport students, but Minnesota school districts and state agencies must do more to ensure bus drivers are qualified and vehicles are properly maintained, an audit found. Most school districts do a good job overseeing their student transportation operations, but some do not take driver qualifications and busing contracts as seriously as they should, according to a legislative audit released Tuesday.
The residents of Lake Elmo want a permanent solution to the landfill in their midst that is contaminating their groundwater, not a stopgap measure, even one that should last 50 years. That was the message that city council members and residents delivered to representatives from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Tuesday evening during a city council meeting. Tuesday's session was a continuation of the community discussion with the state agency over the fate of the closed Washington County Landfill, which has 30 acres of municipal waste that now needs to be either moved, burned or
DULUTH -- Minnesota Power officials plan to secure two agreements to buy electricity from Manitoba Hydro. Included are an initial surplus energy purchase to begin this year and a 15-year deal to obtain 250 megawatts beginning in about 2020, the Duluth-based company said in a news release. The long-term sale will require construction of hydroelectric facilities in northern Manitoba and major new transmission facilities between Canada and the United States. Minnesota Power, a division of Allete Inc., and Manitoba Hydro each has one year to complete negotiations and sign definitive agreements.
A passenger in a vehicle that crashed early Tuesday morning allegedly stole a nearby car and rolled it just one mile from the original crash scene. Wendell Rodney Blue, 36, of Redby, ran from the second accident scene into nearby woods and was soon apprehended after he emerged from hiding, according to Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp. Blue remains in Beltrami County Jail pending charges of theft of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to testing and failing to render aid.
Jason Barron of Lincoln, Mont., and his 11 dogs won the 25th John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon with a trail time of 34 hours, 43 minutes and 26 seconds. With wind chill readings dipping below minus 40, Barron crossed the finish line at Billy's Bar at approximately 8:40 a.m. today. With ice in his beard, Barron, 36, congratulated every dog that led him to his first Beargrease win. "The trail was tough," said Barron in his first Beargrease attempt. "My team is so tired.