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A merican White Pelicans were driven to near extinction in the early 20th century from human pressures, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). There were no reports of nesting pelicans in Minnesota for 90 years, from 1878 until 1968.
By Tom Hintgen / East Ottertail Focus - The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners on April 2 approved a resolution awarding the sale of $19.3 million in waste disposal revenue bonds to finance improvements to the refuse burner in Perham. The burner, operated by Otter Tail County and three adjoining counties, is also referred to as the Perham Resource Recovery Facility. The low bid of 3.22 percent came from Baird of Milwaukee, Wis. The county will pay bond investors over a 20-year period.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A man taken to the hospital from an apartment here where a woman was found dead of arrow injuries on Wednesday is a convicted sex offender. Officers responded to a request just before 3 p.m. Wednesday to check on the welfare of someone at an apartment on the 900 block of Washington Avenue, Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten said in a news release. Officers found the body of 69-year-old Geraldine Alma Kading, of rural Dent. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday that Kading was killed by “arrow injuries to the chest.”
By Julie Buntger / Worthington Daily Globe - WORTHINGTON — Worthington’s major industries, including JBS, Bedford Industries, Highland Manufacturing and Merck, called off all production shifts Wednesday as city and county crews, law enforcement and emergency responders dealt with the aftermath of a major spring ice storm.
RED LAKE – Federal prosecutors have filed indictments against 10 people accused with illegally poaching and marketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in walleye and other protected fish on the Red Lake and Leech Lake Indian reservations. The indictments charge the men with one count of transportation, sale, and purchase of fish taken in violation of the Lacey Act, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the United States Attorney’s Office in Minneapolis. Prosecutors filed indictments against the following:
FARGO -- City and school leaders bristled at comments made Tuesday by syndicated liberal radio host Ed Schultz when he equated eighth-grade volunteers filling sandbags at Sandbag Central to “slave labor” helping only the rich. “Consider the source,” Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said. “All the kids have permission slips from their parents. They are fed extremely well. They are enthusiastic in contributing to their community. So, I think the term ‘slave labor’ is incorrect, totally.”
Fargo and areas to the south are expected to receive several inches of snow today, and chances are increasing for a strong storm system this weekend, the National Weather Service says. A band of snow that will lift north through the region today is expected to drop 3 to 6 inches of snow along and south of a line from Valley City to Fargo to Park Rapids, Minn., the weather service said. Farther south, across Grant County, Minn., 5 to 8 inches of snow are expected. Snow started falling in Park Rapids intermittently around 10 a.m. and harder an hour later.
Police say the situation is over and the public is not in danger. No names were released. According to Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten, police responded to a request to check on the welfare of a person on the 900 block of Washington Avenue just before 3 p.m. They found a woman dead and a man injured. St. Mary’s Ambulance was called to the scene and transported the man to the Detroit Lakes hospital. His condition was not released.
A proposed Minnesota House bonding bill includes $3.1 million for the Heartland trail link from Detroit Lakes to Frazee, and to begin work on the Heartland Trail segment from Moorhead to the Buffalo River State Park. But Republican support will be needed to pass the bill, and it’s not certain that support will materialize. Also in the bill is $250,000 to improve Nitche Lake Road in Pine Lake Township near Perham.
FARGO – A Fargo woman has died from injuries suffered in an apartment fire Saturday that also killed her boyfriend. Angela Wentz, 42, had been in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis since the fire at 925 Page Drive. She died between 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Fargo Fire Marshal Norm Scott said he was told by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.