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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man who appeared to win the Sioux Falls Marathon was disqualified for running the wrong course, but he said he was not trying to cheat. Olok Nykew, 37, of St. Paul, Minn., registered for the full marathon and crossed the finish line first Sunday. But his fast time raised eyebrows, and race officials determined that he had run only the half-marathon.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota safety officials say the number of pedestrian deaths has risen sharply this year. Twenty-three pedestrians have died in Minnesota this year — the deadliest in the last five years. Last year at this time, 14 people had died after being struck while walking on Minnesota streets or roads.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Drug agents in south central Minnesota say a new way of making methamphetamine has led to a resurgence of illegal labs. Portable, mobile meth kitchens are easy for manufacturers to set up and use — and difficult for drug enforcement agents to find and shut down. Veteran drug agent Ginger Peterson is with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force. Peterson tells KTOE radio drug agents have seen four to six meth labs so far this year. Three years ago there were none.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Would-be wolf hunters are lining up for a shot at an elusive prey this fall, when Minnesota plans to open its first season since the gray wolf came off the endangered species list. The state received 23,477 applications for the 6,000 permits that it will issue via a lottery system. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Niskanen said all but a few hundred applicants are from Minnesota, but people from 33 states filed paperwork. "Clearly there was a lot of interest in the wolf season," Niskanen said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 5th District is being sued by a fundraising consultant who says he owes her money for work on his campaign. In a lawsuit filed Friday in Hennepin County District Court, attorneys for Erika Roland allege that Chris Fields did not fulfill provisions of a contract he had with the professional fundraiser. Fields won the 5th District Republican primary last month and is challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison in November in the Minneapolis-area district.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. and Canada renewed a 40-year-old Great Lakes environmental pact Friday, pledging stepped-up efforts to reduce pollution, cleanse contaminated sites and prevent exotic species invasions.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have made a formal bid to host a Super Bowl. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirms the team's application to host either the 2018, 2019 or 2020 Super Bowls has been received. The 2018 game will be awarded at league meetings in May 2014, and the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls will be picked at the same forum the following two years. This season's championship game is set for New Orleans, with the 2014 Super Bowl going to New Jersey and 2015 headed to Arizona. The 2016 and 2017 games will be awarded next May.
RICHWOOD, Minn. – The Becker County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of a rollover on Wednesday near Richwood as Nicholas Alan Lehmann of rural Callaway. The sheriff’s office said Wednesday that Lehmann was found dead after apparently being ejected from an SUV that overturned on County Highway 34 just east of Richwood, about 12 miles north of Detroit Lakes. The crash was reported about 7:45 a.m. No other details were available.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Orchestra launches its 10th season under music director Osmo Vanska (VAN'-skah) next month. Vanska will lead the orchestra in performances of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto, Elgar's "Enigma" Variations, and Respighi's (res-PEE'-gheez) tone poem "The Fountains of Rome." Grammy-winning U.S. pianist Garrick Ohlsson will be featured as soloist in the Rachmaninoff concerto. Ohlsson has been a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra many times since debuting with the ensemble in 1971.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama pronounced himself eager to go before the Democratic National Convention and the nation Thursday to share his vision for the future" in a capstone speech designed not just to persuade undecided voters but to put fire in the belly of his supporters.