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AFTON, Minn. — On Aug. 22, more than 60 volunteers planted 350 trees at Belwin Conservancy's Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields. The trees were purchased using a grant from the Super Bowl LII Urban Forestry Program, whose aim is to reduce the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and leave a positive, "green" legacy in host communities. The trees will serve as a windbreak and sound barrier from nearby Interstate 94, as well as provide habitat for birds and other species.
ST. PAUL—Bob Dylan will return to the Twin Cities for the first time in three years when he headlines St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 25 with support from gospel singer Mavis Staples. Tickets are priced from $129.50 to $52.50 and go on sale at noon Friday through Ticketmaster.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.—This year's Minnesota State Fair was yet another record-breaker. Attendance over the 12 days this year was 1,997,320, the Fair announced Tuesday morning. That beats last year's record of 1,943,719. Along with setting the record for the year, fairgoers also broke three daily records. Here's the attendance by day: • Thursday, Aug. 24: 117,877; • Friday, Aug. 25: 125,324; • Saturday, Aug. 26: 158,525; • Sunday, Aug. 27: 197,891; • Monday, Aug. 28: 144,504 — record; • Tuesday, Aug. 29: 132,120;
Merchants Bank's "Swipe Out Hunger" Facebook giveaway has concluded with a donation of $1,000 to Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park. The campaign also resulted in $2,500 to Hastings Family Service, among other donation recipients.
Give blood, get a haircut The American Red Cross is partnering with Sport Clips Haircuts to offer a free haircut coupon to blood and platelet donors in September. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.
The American Red Cross is partnering with Sport Clips Haircuts to offer a free haircut coupon to blood and platelet donors in September. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.
Hopkins man charged with ax-murdering neighbor MINNEAPOLIS — A 24-year-old Hopkins man has been charged with killing his 67-year-old neighbor with an ax-like tool last week, the Hennepin County attorney's office says. According to a Monday, Aug. 28, criminal complaint charging Mitchell Edward Hoogenakker with second-degree murder, he went to the home of the victim, John Gallagher Jr., on Friday morning.
WEST BATTLE LAKE, Minn. — Authorities are still searching Sunday, Aug. 27, for a man who was reported missing after riding a personal watercraft on West Battle Lake, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office reported. About 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, the sheriff's office received a report that the man was not with the craft he had been riding, and that the craft was found floating and unattended.
ST. PAUL — The new $7.4 million Minneiska campground at Whitewater State Park — featuring 40 sites with electrical hookups, four non-electric tent sites, four camper cabins and three group camps — will open this weekend in southeast Minnesota.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court announced it will offer live streaming video of oral arguments beginning next week, when justices will hear a case the state Legislature filed against Gov. Mark Dayton after a veto of funding. In a press release, the Supreme Court said offering live video of arguments is "an effort to increase public access to the work of the state's highest court." The court will continue to post recorded video of oral arguments. Both live and recorded video can be found online by visiting www.mncourts.gov/SupremeCourt .