State Democrats Unveil Ambitious To-Do List For Rural MinnesotansDFL lawmakers say they're prepared to use up to $400 million from the state's huge budget surplus to start focusing on what they say are specific issues that are having a tremendous impact on rural Minnesota, and that Twin Cities residents might not even think about.
Red River Diversion Opponents Hoping For Help From CourtsOpponents of a proposed Red River diversion project around the Fargo metropolitan area said Friday they are turning their focus to their legal battle after seeing most of their alternatives rejected by state and federal regulators. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources held a public meeting Wednesday to outline their environmental review of the channel, which would require a holding area that would flood upstream farmland in Minnesota and North Dakota.
97-Year-Old Clay Co. Man Jumps From Moving Truck During CarjackingA 97-year-old Minnesota man survived a jump from a moving truck last weekend. Johnie Beckerleg of Dilworth was waiting in his son's pickup outside of a Walmart when a man jumped in and drove off with Beckerleg still inside. Beckerleg opened his door and jumped out. He says he has "no idea" how he pulled it off. He normally uses a walker to get around.
Minn. Man Gets 20 Years For Child's Murder A western Minnesota man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his girlfriend's young daughter. Raul Perez of Dilworth pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He was accused of killing 22-month-old Ariel Reyes.
Minn. Officials Plan For Electronic Voting RostersA pilot project in the works for this fall replaces those reams of voter sign-in sheets at polling places with electronic rosters. The Legislature approved the e-roster project in a limited number of precincts. The results will determine if it gets expanded more broadly in future elections.
Cops: MN Man Loses 2 Fingers In Firework ExplosionA 25-year-old man from Dilworth, Minn., lost part of his hand in a firework explosion, authorities say. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said Jason Holweger lost two fingers on his right hand at about 10:22 p.m. Friday in northwestern Minnesota. He was reloading a two-inch wide cannon-style firework when the charge detonated in his hand.
Boost For Early Education In Minn. House Budget Minnesota schools would receive state funding for all-day kindergarten and an extra $200 per pupil on average in House Democrats' plans for education spending.
Man Charged In Minn. Dead Snakes Case The owner of 32 dead snakes found in a storage locker near Dilworth faces a felony charge of mistreating animals by torture.
State Bank Holding Company Buying First NationalThe holding company that owns State Bank & Trust in Fargo is in the process of buying First National Bank, which has locations in the Minnesota cities of Hawley and Dilworth.
Deputies Find 32 Dead Snakes In Minn. Storage Unit Clay County deputies checking on an odor have made a disgusting discovery: 32 dead snakes in a storage locker.
5-Year-Old Dies On Make-A-Wish Trip To DisneyA 5-year-old northwestern Minnesota boy, born with numerous congenital birth defects, has died on a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World in Florida.