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CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen has grown by 78 acres. The University of Minnesota bought the Lake Tamarack property in Carver County to restore and protect the watershed. It contains native forest, wetlands, tillable land and 1,300 feet of shoreline.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A radio news anchor is back on the job in Minneapolis after a robbery assault that sent him to the hospital. WCCO's Steve Murphy is a familiar voice in the Twin Cities. Murphy was jogging from his south Minneapolis home to the bus stop last week when he spotted a suspicious SUV slowing down near him. Murphy says the men inside the SUV threw him face down on the sidewalk, choked him and grabbed his wallet. Murphy stumbled to a bus and the driver took him to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was treated.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's corn harvest continues to run ahead of the normal pace after a slow start. In its weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state's corn harvest advanced 14 percentage points last week to 87 percent complete. That's about a week ahead of normal.
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (AP) — The sexual misconduct case against a northern Minnesota prosecutor will be heard by another court. A judge granted a request Tuesday to move the case against Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell to St. Louis County. Scannell, who's 47, is charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl. WDIO-TV reports attorneys for both sides made the joint change of venue request.
ADA, Minn. (AP) — The upcoming departure of the only doctor in the northwestern Minnesota town of Ada is highlighting the growing shortage of family care physicians, particularly in smaller communities. Dr. Jeff Peterson is the lone doctor living and working in the town of 1,700 people about 30 miles north of Fargo-Moorhead. The Forum newspaper reported Tuesday that Peterson is leaving Dec. 31 for a position in Fargo. Some rural health centers have closed after too many doctors left small towns for jobs in bigger cities.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota hunters have killed at least 45 wolves since Saturday when the state opened its second wolf season since the animals came off the endangered list. The Department of Natural Resources says hunters registered 30 wolves in the northwest zone and 15 wolves in the northeast zone as of Monday morning. Much of the northeast zone is forest and is considered prime wolf country. The harvest target there is 33 wolves for the early season, which runs concurrently with the firearms deer season.
WRENSHALL, Minn. (AP) — A local egg producer from a tiny northeastern Minnesota community has emerged from tens of thousands of entries to become a finalist for a free Super Bowl commercial. Locally Laid Egg Co. in Wrenshall is one of four finalists in a contest sponsored by the small business software developer Intuit. Jason Amundsen owns Locally Laid along with his wife, Lucie. Amundsen says it's an enormous opportunity to bring a small northern Minnesota business to the national stage.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Caregivers for the elderly and disabled are getting a head start on lobbying Minnesota lawmakers to approve a 5 percent rate increase for home and community based services. The self-described "5% Campaign" plans to rally Tuesday in the state Capitol Rotunda to press the case.
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (AP) — A northern Minnesota prosecutor is due in court as a defendant in a sexual misconduct case. Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell is charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Sixth Judicial District Chief Judge Shaun Floerke will continue to hear the case against the 47-year-old prosecutor Tuesday after earlier denying a motion to have each of the district's judges removed.