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Property tax increases bother many Minnesotans, but the National Conference of State Legislatures says they are not alone. At least 21 states this year considered or are still considering property tax relief of some sort, the conference reports. But there is no single solution to the problem. That problem may not be as Minnesota specific as Gopher state residents think. Minnesota's per-person property tax payments are the 28th highest in the country, putting the state far lower on the list than many other taxes.
A man is dead after a shooting incident with authorities on Interstate 94 about a mile east of the Osakis exit early Sunday morning. The officer-involved shooting happened after a chase and an hour and a half standoff with authorities. The incident began at about 4:30 a.m., according to Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen.
Adoption billboards raise questions DNT When they found out they couldn't have any more biological children several years ago, Tom and Claire Halverson decided to adopt. They waited until their daughter was in her mid-teens to start trying three years ago, but after not finding a child to adopt, they became frustrated. So they took an unusual route to find a potential birth mother: roadside advertising.
ALONG THE GUNFLINT TRAIL -- The cindered remains of Seagull Outpost had gone cool by Friday morning, but seeing them made U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar hot under the collar. During a tour of the Ham Lake fire's damage Friday, Oberstar expressed frustration on behalf of resort and outfitter owners along the Gunflint Trail and opined that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had proved negligent in not responding to the region. "Fire is the terror up here, not some Islamic extremist," the Chisholm Democrat said as he gingerly stepped through the plot of gritty ash and tarnished metal chunks.
The fire was re-ported about 2 a.m. by a person who ran into the a nearby Holiday Station. Police squads were at the gas station and arrived on the scene within seconds. According to the Duluth Fire Department, the police saw flames coming from the sec-ond story of the house. Two officers forced their way into the house and found a man lying in the second-story hallway, but they were unable to take him out of the house because of fire condi-tions. When fire crews arrived about three minutes later, the man was removed but fire-fighters could not resuscitate him.
Nine tagged rainbow trout have been returned this spring to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries research biologist at French River who is studying the fish. That brings the total to 14 returned since last spring when Molly Negus began her study. Negus surgically implanted computer-chip capsules in 76 Kamloops and steelhead rainbow trout and then released the fish in Lake Superior. The capsules recorded information about water temperatures and depth wherever the fish traveled.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's political spotlight shone on high-level budget negotiations Thursday, but most lawmakers spent time debating far less sexy bills. One of the key negotiators said Thursday's talks with Gov. Tim Pawlenty did not go as smoothly as they did on Wednesday. "Extremely close yesterday, somewhat close today," is how House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, described negotiations. Seifert said negotiators were getting down to specifics.
ST. PAUL -- The focus of state budget discussions has shifted from the Minnesota Legislature's two second-floor Capitol chambers to the governor's office one floor below, where legislative leaders and governor met again this morning after a series of Wednesday meetings made progress toward a Monday adjournment. Six budget bills the Minnesota Senate passed Wednesday to replace finance packages Gov.
ON THE GUNFLINT TRAIL -- A ceramic mug with a crackle glaze was about all that was unbroken in Scott Mitchell's cabin on Seagull Lake near the end of the Gunflint Trail. The mug didn't come with a crackle glaze -- intense heat from the Ham Lake wildfire that burned Mitchell's two-story log cabin on May 6 took care of that. "They'll want that," Mitchell's uncle, John Rogge of Duluth, said as he set the cup on the cabin's bare foundation walls.