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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Olson was repairing a deck for his dad, Erling, on Monday afternoon in Thief River Falls, when he came across a sight could have come straight from "Little Red Riding Hood." Olson was replacing the 2-by-8 studs that hold the decking and said he already had been working under the deck about 20 minutes, pounding away with a sledge hammer. That's when he realized he wasn't alone. "I cocked my head back, and I saw those two eyes looking at me," Olson said. "I got out real fast." The younger Olson had encountered what appeared to be a gray wolf.
To find out the status of your property in the Seagull-Saganaga Lake area, call 218-387-3093. - To donate items for people who lost their homes, call 218-387-1872. - For other information on the fire call 218-387-3401. - The Gunflint Trail remains closed beyond the Cross River. Businesses and BWCAW access points from Gunflint Lake south remain open for business. Lodges, campgrounds and access points beyond the Cross River still are inaccessible to the public. - For more fire information online, go to www.inciweb.org or www.fs.fed.us/r9/superior/
SEAGULL LAKE -- Strong west winds fanned life back into the Ham Lake fire Tuesday, pushing it into new areas, torching pine trees and filling the Gunflint Trail air with smoke as thick as storm clouds. At least one additional building burned Tuesday near the end of the Gunflint Trail. "We had a lot of fire activity today in the residential area, and we lost at least one additional structure, apparently an outbuilding," Mike Martin, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman, told reporters at an 8:30 p.m. briefing near Gunflint Lake. "The local fire departments had a lot of saves today. ...
ST. PAUL - Some Minnesota legislators see uncollected taxes as low-hanging budget fruit, but the state's top revenue official said much of what they are envisioning is a mirage. Revenue Commissioner Ward Einess said he and others caution lawmakers not to set goals too high when deciding to clamp down on uncollected taxes. On Monday, his Republican boss, Gov.