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ORONO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals says the city of Orono erred when it denied a permit to a resident for his home-built wind turbine. City officials told Jay Nygard the turbine on his property near Lake Minnetonka was not allowed under Orono's residential zoning ordinance. Nygard built it anyway. The vertical-axis machine is about 20 feet high and is mounted about eight feet off the ground. The mechanical engineer says the machine is quiet and efficient, but his neighbors complained about the aesthetics.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a worker who died in an accident on Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport property was operating a backhoe when he was killed. Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Pat Hogan says a work crew was dredging a pond Monday when the backhoe tipped over and crushed the victim. Hogan says the ground was soft, so the crew laid down planks for the backhoe. KMSP-TV says the man was a contractor with J.M Hentges & Sons from Jordan. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
ELK RIVER, Minn. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty in a crash that killed two people on a motorcycle has been sentenced in Sherburne County to nearly five years in prison. Twenty-year-old Cody Moen, of Monticello, admitted that he was trying to race a car that had passed him on County Road 17 in Big Lake Township last April when he lost control of his vehicle.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The walleye population in Mille Lacs Lake has fallen to its lowest levels in 40 years, while the lake's larger walleyes may be having trouble finding food. Officials aren't sure what's happening to Minnesota's most popular walleye fishery. But Department of Natural Resources fisheries research manager Don Pereira tells the Star Tribune they're concerned.
BOSTON (AP) — New state documents detail problems found in 2006 by an outside firm hired to do an assessment at the company at the center of a deadly meningitis outbreak.
LONDON (AP) — William Walker, whose poem is part of a national monument to his comrades in the Battle of Britain, has died at age 99. The Battle of Britain Trust said Walker died Sunday at home in London. Walker, a Spitfire fighter pilot, was shot down and took a bullet in his right ankle on August 26, 1940, as British pilots engaged a German bomber force. His poem "Our Wall" is inscribed on the memorial on the Dover cliffs to the nearly 3,000 men who flew in the battle from June to October 1940
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a bizarre, two-run double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and the San Francisco Giants won their record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NL championship series Monday night.
By CLIFF BRUNT, Associated Press
By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After all the Giants had overcome to get back to the World Series, a late shower wasn't about to dampen their celebration. All right, it was a driving downpour. So reliever Sergio Romo danced through the raindrops, Tim Lincecum helped lead a soaked victory lap around the ballpark and Angel Pagan stayed on the field with his daughter long after his teammates took the party indoors.