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Houston County In SE Minnesota Rejects Sand Mining BanAt a contentious meeting Tuesday, the Houston County Board voted 3-2 against adding a ban to the county's mining ordinance, and against an ordinance that would regulate the industry, which supplies sand that's used by oil and gas drillers for hydraulic fracturing.
Judge Rules Maranatha Leader Must Return Property To Fmr. MembersA Houston County judge has ruled a religious leader must give back two properties to a couple that left his group with nothing. The court fight between Karl and Suzanne Solum and Tom Tollefsrud has played out for years in Spring Grove.
Son Says Maranatha Leader Made Brothers Beat MotherThe son of the leader of a religious group in southeastern Minnesota described a life of abuse and control in front of a judge on Monday. His was the latest testimony in a contentious trial against a religious group called Maranatha Fellowship in Spring Grove.
Ex-Maranatha Member: Leader Made Me Run To MiscarryWCCO has uncovered more allegations of abuse against a religious leader in southeastern Minnesota. Susan Wilde spent nearly 20 years as a member of a Christian fellowship called Maranatha. Its leader has been taken to court, and he and the ministry are being sued by other former members who lost their home and business when they got out of the group.
Dayton: I Can’t Declare Moratorium On Frac MiningIn St. Paul Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton said he doesn't have the legal authority to declare a moratorium on frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. This announcement comes after dozens of residents delivered a petition to his office asking for one. Both sides of the Mississippi River bluffs are home to a special kind of sand that's used in frac mining for oil and gas.
March Is Time To Search For Emerald Ash BorerAs spring approaches, bug experts say now is the best time for Minnesotans to look for signs of emerald ash borer. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture urges homeowners to search their ash trees for potential infestations, especially those in and near the quarantined counties of Hennepin, Ramsey, Houston and Winona. Entomologist Mark Abrahamson says it's an ideal time for homeowners to go into their yards and look.
Woman Dies In Fire At SE Minn. Trailer Park Authorities in southeastern Minnesota say a fire broke out in a rural trailer park early Christmas morning, leaving one woman dead and two homes destroyed.
NTSB: No Distress Call Before Fatal Minn. CrashFederal investigators say there was no distress call from the pilot before a small airplane crashed in southeastern Minnesota, killing three men from the Detroit area.
Mich. Men Killed In Minn. Plane Crash IdentifiedMinnesota authorities have identified the three Michigan men who died when their small aircraft crashed in a field near an airport in southeastern Minnesota.
Dayton Declares State Of Emergency In 26 CountiesGov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency in 26 counties after storms and flash flooding last month. The executive order will allow the state to call for federal disaster assistance in the areas hit hardest by storms.
Police: Couple Left Son In Van While At BarA Roseau couple have been charged with child endangerment after leaving their seven-year-old child with disabilities in an unattended van for over an hour as they drank at a bar.
Man, 19, Accused Of Poaching 21-Point Buck In SE Minn.A southeastern Minnesota deer farmer is in shock over the loss of his prized trophy buck.
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