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A record 508 calls were made to the Minnesota Turn In Poachers hotline in November. Of those, a record 479 cases were referred to conservation officers for $1,100 in rewards. Outdoor enthusiasts may report violations anonymously by calling the 24-hour hotline at (800) 652-9093 or #TIP on a cell phone. TIP was formed in September 1981 by a group of concerned citizens and conservationist to curb illegal harvest of game and fish.
Minnesota's teacher union backs Al Franken for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, the latest of a list of organizations and party activists to sign on. "Our members were highly impressed with Al Franken's grasp of the issues and his commitment to meaningful change, including an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act and full funding for the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act," Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher said. Franken and Twin Cities attorney Mike Ciresi are the most well known two of five Democrats wanting to challenge U.S. Sen.
A driver who led police on a high-speed chase along I-494 early Sunday morning died when his vehicle crashed into a Woodbury police vehicle near the Tamarack Road exit. The unmarked squad was unoccupied, but had its light activated when the driver plowed into the parked vehicle at more than 100 mph. According to a state patrol report, the driver had been fleeing police while traveling northbound on I-494 at speeds of more than 100 mph when he drove from the left lane and into the Woodbury police-owned Chevy Tahoe, which was parked on the right shoulder.
GRANITE FALLS -- Minnesota's reputation as a leader in the treatment of chemical dependency is turned on its head by a report authored this month by Carol Falkowski, director of the chemical health division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. It found that Minnesota ranked third-to-last among states in the number of adults age 18 and over in treatment per 100,000 population.
Frigid temperatures may be bad news for most outdoor enthusiasts, but it's good news for bird watchers. The extreme chill has forced bald eagles to focus their attention on the few remaining areas of open water, including Colvill Park in Red Wing and the stretch of Mississippi River from Reads Landing to Wabasha. "I couldn't count them (Friday) because they were so active," said local naturalist Bruce Ause.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota and Wisconsin governors say their states can lead renewable energy efforts in the Upper Midwest and the country. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Gov.
Some of the larger communities and industries in the Minnesota River basin are moving faster than expected to reduce their discharge of phosphorus to meet water quality standards. Records for 2007 show that the aggregate phosphorus discharge from the 40 largest wastewater treatment facilities met the 35 percent reduction goal set for 2010, according to Lisa McCormick, pollution control specialist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in Willmar.
WILLMAR -- A governor's signature is still needed, but the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is ready to adopt a rule that will require all new and expanded wastewater treatment plants to limit their discharge of phosphorus to no more than 1 milligram per liter of water. The uniform standard would replace the current system that sets a wide range of restrictions, depending on where a wastewater treatment facility discharges its effluent.
Snowmobile trip planning, safety and other topics are featured in a new series of audio programs produced by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The podcasts may be downloaded on portable media players or on computers. "Snowmobiling is a very popular and economically important wintertime activity in Minnesota," said Les Ollila, DNR regional trails and waterways manager, who is featured in the audio programs.
Velma Swanson says she didn't think much of it when she started finishing baby quilts for the Daughters of Isabella quilting group at the Church of St. Mary. Now, at age 95, the Willmar woman is retiring from making quilts, having completed 600 quilts given to people in need. During the first year of quilting, she didn't track the number of quilts she made. The next five years, Swanson made 100 each year.