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To provide more opportunities for dove hunters this fall, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is managing eight public fields specifically to attract doves. The 3- to 5-acre fields were planted this summer with small grains, sunflowers or other crops known to attract doves. Hunters will be required to use non-toxic shot. To get ready for the Sept. 1 opener, area wildlife managers have been knocking down sections of the crops, causing seeds to fall for the ground-feeding doves.
With some small game and early goose seasons starting Labor Day weekend, hunters heading to southeast Minnesota should plan ahead so as not to interfere with flood cleanup efforts and to make sure they can safely access their hunting areas. A number of roads and bridges in southeast Minnesota remain closed. Access to some public lands is difficult. Road conditions are available online at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/ "Public hunting areas in the southeast are an incredible resource and we don't want to unnecessarily limit access," said Tim Bremicker, DNR regional wildlife manager.
OLIVIA -- The Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative has won a partial victory in its appeal of its tax assessment in Renville County, but it may not translate into any significant tax reduction. In a ruling released Friday, the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed a tax court decision that upheld Renville County's assessment of the beet sugar facility at more than $20 million. The Supreme Court remanded the case to the Eighth Judicial Tax Court. It instructed the tax court that it was free to either revise or maintain the valuation, but that it needed to show its reasoning for it.
Duluth-based Dads & Daughters founders Joe Kelly and Nancy Gruver were "shocked" to learn Monday evening that Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis is suing them over one of the nonprofit's programs, Kelly said Tuesday. Davis filed a suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday that accused Kelly, Dads & Daughters [DADs] president, and Gruver, DADs executive director, of stealing her concept for a program called See Jane, which was intended to "research and become involved in advocacy related to the depictions of gender in children's media," according to court documents. In 2004, Davis b
Ronald Mann, 50, of Cass Lake, was arraigned Tuesday for felony second-degree murder in Cass County District Court. Bail was set at $500,000. His next court date is Friday. Ronald Mann is accused of murdering his 74-year-old father, Ivan Mann, whose body was found on Friday in a wooded area near his home in Wilkinson Township. According to the criminal complaint, Ronald Mann killed his father following an argument. An autopsy determined that Ivan Mann's death was caused by manual strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head, the complaint stated.
An unusual getaway strategy couldn't help a suspected bank robber get away with robbing a West Duluth bank Tuesday. Duluth police say a man told tellers he had a gun and robbed the Western Bank, at 201 N. Central Ave. in Duluth, just after 3 p.m. Tuesday. No weapon was displayed. According to authorities, he then used a taxicab that was waiting for him to make his getaway. Duluth police checked with local taxi companies and found one with a cab that matched the getaway cab's description.
WILLMAR -- Minnesota's agricultural legislative leaders want to hear from constituents about the impact of the summer's extreme weather on the agricultural economy and rural areas. The expectation is to gather the information in preparation for the potential fall special session of the Minnesota Legislature, according to Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar. The state's attention has been toward the human toll after the Aug. 1 collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge and the recent flooding in southeastern Minnesota. Rightfully so, Juhnke says, but meanwhile agriculture has been quietly suffering.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Minnesota now facing two disasters, the likelihood of a special legislative session is nearly certain, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Saturday. "It would be helpful to have one, clearly focused in my view on any matters relating to the bridge and transportation issues that can be accommodated -- I'd really appreciate that," Pawlenty said in an interview. "Also we've got flood relief and flood issues in southeastern Minnesota," he said. The trigger for a special session came in the aftermath of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse Aug. 1 in Minneapolis.
A 109-year history of a U.S. naval base in Duluth will end on Sept. 9 when the Navy Operations Support Center will close for good. The center's six full-time staff, including commanding officers, are being transferred to naval bases across the United States and the 78 reservists, who drill at the base now, will be headquartered at the Minneapolis Naval Reserve Center. The Duluth base was targeted in 2005 by the federal base closure committee, but no formal closure date had been made public until now. The closure will be marked at 2 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The local winds were uncharacteristically mild for the 2003 United States Windsurfing National Championships in Worthington, but the windsurfing contenders and officials were blown away by the community's enthusiasm for their sport and hospitality. Thus, Worthington has been granted a chance to impress once again -- and for the winds to gust heartily across Lake Okabena -- as the host site for the 2008 National Championships.