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The New York Mills School District's search for a new superintendent came to an unsettling halt Monday night after some questions arose over the previous school board's handling of superintendent Todd Cameron's contract. At a workshop Monday, school board members Jill Carlson and Chuck Jacobson asked current board chair, Rachel Grieger, about a letter they had just recently learned had been given to Cameron last fall. It came to light that, last October, Cameron was given a letter telling him the district decided the third year of his contract would not be ful-filled. Grieger initially deni
In the end, even her attorney couldn't defend the actions of former Minnesota Power official Susan Kay Thompson. Duluth defense attorney Kevin Cornwell on Thursday asked to be allowed to withdraw as Thompson's attorney for ethical reasons about a half-hour after Thompson failed to appear in State District Court for her sentencing by Judge John DeSanto for theft of corporate property. DeSanto granted the request. Thursday's no-show was a continuation of Thompson's long pattern of missing court hearings before she finally appeared in December to plead guilty to the felony.
A man and woman have admitted they murdered a neighbor in their Badger, Minn., apartment building on Oct. 5. Jeremy Lemen, 34, and Desiree Shinholser, 25, pleaded guilty to different forms of second-degree murder in an agreement with prosecutors Wednesday in state district court in Roseau, Minn., forestalling a trial. Their victim was John William Currier, 31, originally from International Falls, Minn.
WILLISTON, N.D. - The regional administrator for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration urged North Dakota oil and gas operators to take a safety "stand down" seriously and stop fatalities in the oil field. "The nation's eyes are on you. You really have the opportunity here to make us a leader in oil and gas in the United States, but we don't want to do it at any expense," Gregory Baxter said Thursday. "We need to stop the injuries, illnesses and deaths.
ST. PAUL - Three mothers of gay men joined hundreds of others in the Minnesota Capitol on Thursday with one goal. "It's important that they be treated equally," Mabel Galvin said. Government should treat all citizens the same, added Kay Allen. And Therese Presley said government discrimination against gays fosters "divisiveness within families." The three Duluth women stood among what organizers said was a crowd of up to 2,000 in the Capitol, all asking state leaders to legalize gay marriage.
Three suspects were charged with first degree controlled substance crimes after their vehicle was stopped on Interstate 94 near Alexandria Monday night. In addition to stolen property, the men were found in possession of more than 28 grams of crack cocaine concealed in the vehicle's door, according to the Douglas County Attorney's Office. The suspects are Brandon Marcel Thomas (the driver and owner of the vehicle), 25, of Columbia Heights, Daron Asaad Johnson, 22, of Brooklyn Center and Anthony Frederick Shannon, 22, of Robbinsdale. The vehicle, a Dodge Charger, was stopped near milepost 10
Hallock, a town of 960 in northwestern Minnesota, will have its own deer hunting season this fall. City fathers recently voted to hold a bow-hunting season in an effort to reduce the population of deer inside the city. City staff and City Council members are working on the details, with the state requiring a plan to be in place before May. "We might have 100 to 150 deer in town," City Clerk Hank Noel said. "They're not just in the park or near the (Two Rivers River). "I see deer tracks in my yard and I live dead center in town.
FARGO - A North Dakota state law will halt efforts in Fargo and West Fargo to license adult entertainers, dashing plans to have similar registration laws across the metro area. "At the 11th hour, what we discover is that there is a state statute that reserves the ability to regulate obscenity to the state and the state's laws," Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes said. Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead had been studying for months new laws in each city to license strippers, escorts and exotic dancers to help curb illegal activity often paired with the adult industry, like prostitution. The ordinan
The Minot man presented Monday with the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama made the unusual decision to decline the invitation of the first lady to sit beside her during the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night in Washington. According to Capt. Dan Murphy of the North Dakota National Guard, who accompanied former Staff Sgt.
Though the details are still being ironed out, the Becker County Board of Commissioners took action Tuesday to move forward with plans to contract for the services of an aquatic invasive species (AIS) coordinator. The board was acting on the recommendations of the county's AIS Task Force, which has spent more than 16 months working on a comprehensive plan for combating the spread of various types of AIS, from zebra mussels and Asian carp to flowering rush and Eurasian watermilfoil. The board spent much of Tuesday morning's session discussing the AIS coordinator position, in particular whethe