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HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — Two people are charged with stealing nearly 2,000 spruce trees from county-managed forestland in northeastern Minnesota. Authorities say the two planned to sell the small trees and tree tops as miniature Christmas trees in southern Minnesota. Authorities say the trees were cut over several days on land west of Toivola and taken to private land nearby. Twenty-two-year-old Steven Morterud and 23-year-old Tara Herrick are charged in state district court in Hibbing with theft of timber.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture plans to test 70,000 private wells in the state's farming regions to measure nitrogen that seeps into the ground after fertilizing. The state says the level of pollution from tons of fertilizer that's applied each year across the southern two-thirds of the state is rising.
SANDSTONE, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say three people are in custody after a homeowner has shot and killed an armed intruder during a home invasion in Pine County of eastern Minnesota. Authorities say two men in their 20s entered a house near Sandstone about 2:30 a.m. Thursday with the apparent intent to rob the homeowner, who's in his 60s or 70s. Chief Deputy Steven Blackwell says one of the intruders was armed with a handgun. He says the homeowner was able to grab the gun and shot the armed suspect, who died at the scene.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has named the firm it has hired to review priest files as part of its plan to address clergy sexual misconduct. The archdiocese announced Thursday that Kinsale Management Consulting will conduct the review. Kinsale was founded by Kathleen McChesney, a former top FBI official. She was also head of the U.S.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton's administration is directing $300 million into ten highway construction projects meant to break up bottlenecks and improve freight movement around the state. Dayton and Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle (ZELL'-ee) announced the projects Thursday. Competition for the money was fierce, with more than 400 proposals related to 100 unique road projects presented to the Department of Transportation. Among the projects chosen are the addition of lanes on Interstate 94 between Rogers and St.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state Department of Commerce says it's not immediately clear how a revision to the federal health law will play out in Minnesota. President Barack Obama announced Thursday that insurance companies could keep offering consumers plans that were to be canceled for at least the next year. It's in response to recent criticism from people experiencing cancellations or major changes to existing insurance policies based on the new law. In Minnesota, insurance companies aren't allowed to cancel plans outright.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Conservationists warn that climate change threatens big game animals that call Minnesota home — from moose to deer to bears. A new report from the National Wildlife Federation says climate change is already having significant impacts on big game and habitat across the country. The study's author, Doug Inkley, says Minnesota's moose are the "poster child" of how climate change is affecting big game.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A flock of elite racing and breeding pigeons has been stolen from the backyard of home in St. Paul's Como neighborhood. Owner John Kaiyalethe says 45 pigeons were taken this week by someone who broke the lock on their lofts.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's fight against aquatic invasive species is pitting the government panel that helps allocate Legacy Fund money against lake property owners. The Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council angered the Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations when it replaced the group's proposal with one of its own, Minnesota Public Radio reported Thursday.