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FARMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Volunteers from Minnesota Trout Unlimited will plant native prairie grass on Friday to protect a newly restored section of the Twin Cities metro area's biggest trout stream, the Vermillion River in Dakota County. The nonprofit conservation group has funded work to rebuild the banks of the Vermillion River, which were washing away, and to create places for fish to hide.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The architect who designed the stadiums for the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts has been chosen to design the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority announced the $34 million contract Friday with HKS Sports & Entertainment Group. Authority Chairwoman Michelle Kelm-Helgen says the stadium authority and the Vikings made the choice together.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man burst into a sign-making business in Minneapolis, fatally shooting the owner and three others in the office before turning the gun on himself, family and officials said Friday. Police have not revealed the name or apparent motive of the shooter who injured at least four others in the Thursday afternoon attack, and say a search of the suspect's home turned up nothing.
ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Giants Stadium. A Florida swamp. Underneath a backyard pool in Michigan. There are innumerable theories about where former Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa was buried years ago, but his remains have never turned up. The latest tip has taken investigators to a concrete driveway behind a neat brick ranch-style home about four miles north of Detroit, where a man told police he thought he saw Hoffa buried about 35 years ago.
NEW YORK (AP) — Satellite TV company Dish Network Corp. is launching a broadband Internet service that's aimed at rural areas that don't currently get high-speed Internet. Dish Network said Thursday that the satellite broadband service, dishNet, will start at $40 per month for people who bundle it with certain Dish's TV programming packages. The new service goes on sale Monday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota schools are hiring more people, following a couple years of job losses. Nearly 107,000 people were on the school districts' payroll in August, an increase of 7.6 percent over the same month last year. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says public education outperformed all other sectors in hiring during the month.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's worst drought in decades consumed a larger portion of the lower 48 states last week with the Midwest corn harvest in full swing, according to the latest update by a drought-tracking consortium released Thursday. The U.S. Drought Monitor's new map shows 65.5 percent of the contiguous U.S. experiencing some form of drought as of Tuesday, creeping up from 64.8 percent a week earlier. The portion of the U.S. in extreme or exceptional drought — the two worst classifications — rose three-quarters of a percentage point to 21.5 percent.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is lifting campfire restrictions in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness because of cooler temperatures and shorter days. Campfires and use of charcoal and wood-burning camp stoves are now allowed at all hours of the day. Forest managers have also reopened an area along the Canadian border and around Knife Lake. The area was closed earlier this month while a fire was burning on the Canadian side. Fire crews will continue to monitor the area. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
WYNDMERE, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota-based group that provides planting and harvesting aid to farmers who are hurting is helping its 200th family. Staff and volunteers with Farm Rescue are near Wyndmere, in southeastern North Dakota, harvesting soybeans and corn for Dan and Rose Dotzenrod. Dan Dotzenrod broke his neck in June when he fell off a semi-trailer. Since its inception seven years ago, Farm Rescue has worked with farmers in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota state trooper is on investigative leave after his arrest on suspicion of driving while impaired. Trooper Nick Morse of Two Harbors was arrested Wednesday when he reported for training at the State Patrol district office in Duluth. Officials say a supervisor noticed the odor of alcohol coming from Morse at the district office. Field sobriety tests were administered, and Morse was arrested by a State Patrol lieutenant.