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Many years ago a Star Tribune colleague and I co-published a book of stories that had earlier appeared in our newspaper. We were surprised to learn that the Twin Cities Reader, an "alternative" newspaper wanted to do a story about us and our new book. Surprised because the Reader never had much good to say about the biggest newspaper in town. Surprised and a bit worried. Was this going to be a hatchet job? A young reporter came to the newspaper, we drank coffee and talked. He took a few notes, but not many. He was a very hip guy and we wondered what he thought of us old fogies.
Most people who visit Gooseberry Falls State Park appreciate the work done by Civilian Conservation Corps members, even if they aren't aware of it. Nearly all of the popular North Shore park's most impressive stone structures were built in the 1930s and early '40s by corps members. The structures have remained solid and much-used to this day, though the camp that these volunteers lived in was nearly lost to history. The federal program was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to benefit unemployed families during the Depression.
Rosemount will receive expert help in creating a full range of housing choices in the city through a program sponsored by the Urban Land Institute Minnesota and the Regional Council of Mayors. Rosemount was one of five cities chosen for the Opportunity City Pilot program.
WASHINGTON -- Huddled in the Ronald Reagan Republican Center near Capitol Hill, GOP staffers pore over Al Franken's three decades of work as a satirist and liberal author, searching for politically lethal material. Meanwhile, just a few blocks south in a converted townhouse, Democratic strategists are trying to derail Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's re-election effort by depicting him as cozy with special interests.
Searchers found the body of Kenneth Paul LeCocq, 54, Monday afternoon. The rural Hill City resident's body was recovered in the north end of Maple Lake in nine feet of water, according to a news release from the Itasca County Sheriff's Office. An autopsy is scheduled for today (Tuesday). The department received a call around 2 p.m. Saturday of a possible drowning on the lake. Deputies found a canoe with fishing equipment floating upright on the lake. The victim's vehicle was at the lake's landing. Maple Lake is located approximately 15 miles south of Grand Rapids off Highway 169.
In early June, just before construction began on a segment of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail through Gooseberry Falls State Park, Park Manager Paul Sundberg and a co-worker noticed a pileated woodpecker nest in a birch tree. It was directly in the path of the new trail. Sundberg spoke to workers with Nels Nelson and Sons, who readily agreed to spare the tree until after the young woodpeckers learned to fly and left the nest.
A Woodbury man whose truck struck and killed a motorcyclist in Cottage Grove in September 2007 was sentenced last week to 42 months in prison in connection with the accident. The fatal crash occurred Sept. 6 when Theodore William Krinke, 39, was driving north on County Road 19 in Cottage Grove. According to police reports, Krinke was returning home after boating in Hastings when the 2001 Dodge pickup he was driving struck a motorcycle operated by Donald Jerome Cohoon, 59, Cottage Grove, from behind. Cohoon was stopped at a stop sign at Indian Boulevard.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A Caterpillar earth scraper fell off a flatbed trailer coming down U.S. Highway 53 and plunged more than 40 feet to the ground below Wednesday morning, clipping an elevated section of northbound Interstate 35 during its fall. Several people were injured in the accident, and the left lane of northbound I-35 will be closed indefinitely for repairs. "We are going to have to replace one of the beams for sure, so we'll have to cut some of the deck out and some of the railing out," said Duane Hill, a MnDOT assistant district engineer for maintenance.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two halves of a new Interstate 35W freeway bridge stretch toward each other over the Mississippi River, separated by a gap of about 200 feet that shrinks with each day as workers toil around the clock. The old bridge collapsed last Aug. 1, killing 13 people and severing a critical link in the state's largest city.