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PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — The scenic Hallaway Hill Overlook Trail in Maplewood State Park near Pelican Rapids in west-central Minnesota will undergo construction after Labor Day to re-route the trail to address erosion issues, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Construction is expected to take about a month, but the trail will remain open.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — After scouring 187 lakes in Minnesota, a team of 225 trained volunteers found only one lake that had the invasive algae called starry stonewort. It was Wolf Lake in Hubbard County in north-central Minnesota. During a follow-up survey in the lake, DNR invasive species specialists found a one-third-acre bed of starry stonewort at an undeveloped access off a township road.
SUMMIT, S.D.—Someone craving a beef roast in Minnesota may have to wait a little bit longer after two semis crashed in far northeast South Dakota this past weekend. More than 31,000 pounds or almost 16 tons of beef roasts were destroyed after the semis collided in foggy conditions about three miles west of Summit near the Minnesota border about 7:20 a.m. on Saturday.
GRAND FORKS -- Officers have identified a Grand Forks woman who died after crashing her motorcycle Wednesday evening in the city.. In the crash, 39-year-old Renee Lillehaugen lost control of her 2000 Harley Davidson just before 8 p.m., according to a news release. The motorcycle was eastbound on DeMers Avenue when it hit the curb and then a traffic pole, the release said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minneapolis Veterans Home, along with state government, made history Thursday, Aug. 23, by opening the nation’s first fixed dental clinic on a state veterans home campus. Previously, the home relied on mobile clinics to provide dental care to veterans as do others across the state.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first farm bill conference committee meeting has been set for Sept. 5. The conferees from the House and Senate will try to iron out differences between their two bills in the panel, which includes all of North Dakota’s congressional delegation — Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer and the state’s two U.S. senators Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Republican John Hoeven.
WARREN, Minn. -- A criminal case alleging a northwest Minnesota man forced a woman to have sex with him earlier this year has been dropped after his accuser left the area. Marshall County Attorney Donald Aandal filed paperwork Monday, Aug. 20, to dismiss a felony criminal sexual conduct charge against Justen James Lawrence Ekholm, 27, of Alvarado.
ST. PAUL — The controversial "Waters of the U.S." rule that has upset most farmers, but pleased environmentalists has been reinstated in 26 states, including Minnesota. The suspension of the rule remains in effect in North Dakota, South Dakota and the other 22 states where different federal court rulings are in effect.
FARGO — A 38-year-old woman accused of starting a clothing rack on fire at a downtown Minneapolis store has been found in Fargo. Lewonda Jones, of the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center, was charged last week in Hennepin County with two counts of arson. Jones is being held in the Cass County Jail in Fargo pending her return to Minnesota.
BREWSTER, Minn. — Sunday, Aug. 19, marks the third anniversary of the homicide of a southwest Minnesota woman in her own home. Charges have never been filed in the Jan Pigman-Kruse murder case in Brewster, a small town just north of Worthington. Pigman-Kruse was 40 when she died as the result of a gunshot wound to the chest.