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U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, a former St. Paul mayor, formally announced his support for another former mayor -- New York City's Rudy Giuliani -- in the Republican race for president. "We have a shared experience of running a city," Coleman, R-Minn., said Thursday in his weekly telephone news conference with Minnesota reporters. "Our relationship is a long-standing relationship." Coleman said he's professionally known Giuliani for 13 years, as Coleman served two terms as mayor of St. Paul before his 2002 election to the U.S.
The man who robbed the Associated Bank in downtown Hudson, Wis., Wednesday morning and then killed himself minutes later in a hospital parking at Stillwater, was the owner of an auto body and car sales business in Fargo, N.D., according to acting Hudson Police Chief Eric Atkinson. Atkinson identified the dead robbery suspect as Alfred Josiah Knodle, 53, owner of Alfred's Auto Body and Sales. "This is the first time we have record of him engaging in violent crime," Atkinson said.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued a reminder that deer hunts will take place this fall in 34 state parks for those who have received special deer hunt permits. Most parks holding a special hunt will remain open to the public. However, DNR officials strongly suggest visitors wear blaze orange remain within the designated no hunting areas.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds deer hunters that some roads and trails on public lands may be closed due to recent rains or flooding. Hunters are also reminded that causing damage and rutting on public lands is prohibited. Driving in wetlands is also prohibited unless frozen conditions exist. "Wet conditions in many areas around the state will make it difficult for hunters to access some traditional hunting areas," said DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten.
Minnesota Democrats are hungry, but their main course is more than three years away. "I think the state is hungry for leadership," Sen. Tom Bakk said Monday in discussing why he is considering running for governor. Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner said she expected complaints about beginning her run for the governor's job a few months ago, but discovered Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party voters are eager to put one of their own in office. "I think that DFLers are hungry to win this race," said Gaertner, whose organization is far ahead of any potential candidate.
A 63-year-old Stillwater man was killed on Saturday when the motorized scooter he was riding was hit from behind by a sport-utility vehicle. Thomas O. Gabriel was stopped facing west on Highway 96 and waiting to turn south on Oak Glen Trail in Stillwater when the Chevy Tahoe driven by a White Bear Lake woman crashed into him at about 4 p.m. Lakeview Hospital personnel attempted to revive Gabriel, however, he died of injuries before he could be taken to a hospital. He was not wearing a helmet. The crash occurred less than a mile from Gabriel's home on Oak Glen Trail.
The sister of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. hugged and forgave a juror Sunday who sentenced her brother to die. Ileanna Noyes, who spoke publicly for the first time about the death penalty's effect on her family, said a juror approached her after the talk and said he regretted his decision. "He said it's been eating at him," Noyes said.
Midwest Airlines announced Monday that it will discontinue all service to Duluth as of Dec. 1 -- nine months after the carrier began offering daily flights to its hub in Milwaukee. "The route was not generating the type of financial return we had hoped it would, and the outlook going forward was not promising," said Scott Dickson, Midwest's chief marketing officer, of his company's decision to withdraw from Duluth. The airline pledged to contact Duluth travelers who had booked flights post-Nov.
NASHWAUK -- A financial manager in Grand Rapids offered what's become an often-heard comment about a $1.6 billion steel mill proposed on Minnesota's Iron Range. "He was sitting next to me and he said: 'I didn't realize that this was going to be such a big project,' " said Peter McDermott, president of the Itasca Economic Development Corp. "It's like a lot of other people. They don't believe it until they see it." On Monday, the largest industrial project in the history of the Iron Range gave residents one more reason to believe, taking one of its final steps toward completion.
For the third year, an early antlerless deer hunt will be conducted to help manage deer populations, according to officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This year's hunt will be Oct. 13-14 and is being expanded to include 23 of Minnesota's deer hunt areas. The 23 deer areas open to early season antlerless hunting are: 101 (bovine TB); 105; 157; 184; 209; 210; 214; 221; 222; 225; 227; 236; 241; 243; 244; 256; 257; 260; 261; 265; 346; 349; and 601 (metro).