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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A leading Minnesota Pollution Control Agency official is going to Washington for a White House-organized brainstorming session on reducing nitrate contamination in the Mississippi River basin. Rebecca Flood, the MPCA's assistant commissioner for water policy, says she'll be part of a group of national experts who will do some outside-the-box thinking on how to reduce nitrate pollution, which comes in large part from agricultural runoff.
BADGER, Minn. (AP) — A fourth-generation Minnesota turkey farmer will provide the bird that's expected to be granted clemency by President Barack Obama next week at the White House. John Burkel and his family have been raising a select flock of turkeys at their farm in far northwestern Minnesota for the special pardon ceremony in Washington next Wednesday. The Burkels have cut the flock of presidential potentials from 80 down to three. Only two toms will fly out of Grand Forks Saturday with the Burkels for the trip to the White House.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — In solemnity, thousands of people gathered at a central Pennsylvania battlefield park Tuesday to honor a speech given 150 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln predicted...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy Inc. says account information from thousands of customers in Minnesota and South Dakota was inadvertently shared on other customers' bills. The Minneapolis-based utility said Tuesday a printing error placed customers' names, addresses, account and meter numbers on bills that were sent to others. Xcel Energy says the error does not include billing or payment history, or personal financial information such as credit card numbers and bank accounts. The St.
ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — The captain of the Albert Lea Salvation Army says he'll try to set a world record for bell-ringing. Capt. Jim Brickson plans to ring the bell for 80 consecutive hours. Brickson's contest is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 in the center court of Northbridge Mall in Albert Lea. The Albert Lea Tribune reports Brickson calls his event Stand Up for Freeborn County.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The groundbreaking for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will be on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority confirmed the date Tuesday. It's the official start of construction on the nearly $1 billion football stadium that will be built at the current Metrodome site. The Vikings will finish their current season in the Metrodome, with the last home game scheduled for Dec. 29.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota businesses will see lower unemployment insurance taxes starting next year. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says Tuesday that the unemployment insurance trust fund's $1.2 billion reserve at the end of September was enough to trigger a tax cut proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton and enacted by the Legislature this year. The fund went into deficit during the recession, and the employment and economic development commissioner says its turnaround is a sign of an improving economy.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who claims he was sexually abused by a priest in Hastings is suing the Twin Cities archdiocese, St. John's Abbey, and a center that treats clergy with psychological issues. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says Rev. Francis Hoefgren molested the man from 1989 through 1992 when the victim was 10 to 13 years old. Hoefgren was at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church at the time. The lawsuit alleges defendants should have known Hoefgren was a danger because he molested another boy in 1983 at St.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The White Earth Band of Ojibwe (oh-JIB'-wee) is voting on whether to scrap a rule that says tribal membership is based on blood, not family lineage. The "blood quantum" rule is used by many American Indian tribes in the U.S.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man convicted in an $11 million insurance fraud case has been sentenced in federal court after trying to avoid prison by faking his own death. A U.S. District Court judge on Monday sent Travis Scott to prison for 12 years and eight months after the 36-year-old Eden Prairie man pleaded for compassion.