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ST. PAUL - Minnesota farmland could serve as a laboratory for new federally directed research into the next phase of renewable energy. Congress has begun writing new federal agriculture legislation, which will replace the existing farm bill that expires in September.
Red Wing resident Alex Huppert was injured during combat in Germany eight days before World War II ended. Huppert received a concussion and a flight to a hospital in France. Later he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. "I wasn't a hero," Huppert said, "I did what I had to do." Huppert said when he returned from the war it took him a while to adjust and he didn't receive the response from civilians that he had expected he would. "When I came home, I wasn't treated the way I thought people would treat me," Huppert said.
A treasured piece of Red Wing's historic district was severely damaged Monday after a fast-moving fire raced through the top levels of the Joss-Willard House. Firefighters said the blaze at 821 W. Third St. was swift and difficult to manage. "It spread fast," said Red Wing fire Chief Mike Amendolar. "Once the fire got going, there really wasn't anything to stop it." No residents were in the house at the time of the fire, said the home's owner, Dr.
The Minnesota State Patrol has identified 64-year-old Rosemount resident Jerome D. Caron as the man killed in a Monday afternoon accident on Highway 3 in Dakota County. Robyn M. Meddings, a passenger on the Vespa scooter Caron was driving, was airlifted to Regions hospital and was listed in critical condition Monday night. According to a State Patrol report Caron and Meddings were northbound on Highway 3 when the scooter's rear tire blew out. Both were thrown from the scooter, which ended up in the southbound traffic lane. No other vehicle was involved.
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 State title wasn't in the cards for the New Life Academy softball team as the Eagles, making their first ever appearance in the Class A championship game, fell 7-2 to tournament diehard New Ulm Cathedral Friday afternoon at Caswell Park in North Mankato. The Greyhounds took advantage of four Eagles errors and a number of other New Life miscues to get on top early and never look back in the five-run win. New Life suffered from a clear case of first-timers syndrome in their inaugural championship appearance, looking uneasy both at the plate and in the field against the five-time State champi
"One banner down, one to go." Assistant coach Mick Ramey's call to the New Life Academy softball team following a less-than jubilant celebration echoed the Eagles' sentiments after the team clinched a second-straight trip to the State Class A Softball Tournament. New Life earned another run down Highway 169 to North Mankato by defeating Providence Academy in back-to-back games Wednesday night in the Section 4A finals. While the water-logged Eagles may have been more concerned with getting home and drying themselves out than congratulating one another after nearly five hours outdoors under v
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.
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.
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.