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WILSON, Minn. (AP) — An auction in Winona County seems to reflect the rising cost of farmland in Minnesota. One parcel at a farm near Wilson generated more than $14,000 per acre, nearly double the top price for farmland last year. The farm, with its 336 acres of land, machinery, equipment and crops, collectively sold for about $2.7 million Tuesday. Winona County Recorder Bob Bambenek tells the Winona Daily News that last year's high price for farmland was $7,500 an acre. This year, a sale in Warren Township averaged more than $10,000 an acre.
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — The attorney for the man accused of killing his three young daughters is asking a court to stop a mental health professional from visiting the defendant in the St. Croix (kroy) County Jail.
WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota state trooper who leads a suspended drug training program has a record of unprofessionalism, according to a report Wednesday. Sgt. Rick Munoz hasn't been implicated in some recent allegations of impropriety within the program. But documents obtained by Minnesota Public Radio ( http://bit.ly/PqpX6d ) show he's been reprimanded for belittling citizens, jailing a motorist for no reason, and humiliating people he was supposed to help.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Voters in Minnesota can log on and take a look at their ballot before election day. The Minnesota Secretary of State's office has launched a new tool on its website called "My Ballot." Voters enter their address and see which candidates or referendum questions will be on their ballot this November. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says it will be an especially useful tool this year because of redistricting. Many people are finding themselves in a new precinct with a new polling place. The site also links to candidates' websites.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources is auctioning rights to prospect and mine for metallic minerals on close to 64,000 acres in northeastern Minnesota. Kathy Lewis, assistant director of the DNR Lands and Minerals division, says the land includes nearly 45,000 acres in Aitkin County, over 14,000 in St. Louis County and more than 4,000 in Lake County.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour began a journey to its new life as a museum piece Wednesday, heading west on the last ferry flight of its kind...
PARIS (AP) — A French magazine published vulgar caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad on Wednesday, inflaming global tensions over a movie insulting to Islam and prompting France to step up...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi began her landmark visit to Washington by declaring Tuesday that she supports the easing of the remaining U.S. economic sanctions...
ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have approved the first electronic pull-tab games to help pay for a new Vikings stadium. The Gambling Control Board signed off Tuesday on five new animated versions of the paper pull-tabs that have long been a fixture in bars. The new games from Las Vegas-based Acres 4.0 include "Treasures of the Jungle" and "Big Money Heist." The vote clears the way for charitable gaming operators to start offering the iPad games in bars.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two groups have filed a lawsuit to try to block the opening of Minnesota's wolf hunting and trapping seasons this fall. The Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves say the Department of Natural Resources failed to provide a proper opportunity for public comment on recently approved rules establishing the wolf hunting and trapping seasons. Wolves came off the endangered list in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan last January, and the Minnesota Legislature authorized the resumption of wolf hunting and trapping last session.