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LAKE SHORE, Minn. -- A state lawmaker from Lake Shore said a campaign contribution that appears to violate state campaign finance law happened because he confused his campaign checkbook with his personal checkbook. A $500 contribution from the campaign committee of state Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, was listed by the campaign of Jason Lewis, a GOP candidate for U.S. Congress in the Minnesota's 2nd District, on its April first-quarter filings to the Federal Election Commission.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — An East Grand Forks police officer and former veteran who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder has parted ways with the city following a special City Council meeting Tuesday night regarding his performance. In a meeting closed to the public, the council approved a settlement Tuesday that included the termination of Officer Scott Jordheim's employment with the department, City Administrator David Murphy said.
BAUDETTE — A boat belonging to a man who was found dead last week in the Rainy River has been recovered. The Lake of the Woods Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday in a news release the camouflage boat, which was submerged in approximately 24 feet of water, belonged to John Martin Stiglich, 52, of Shoreview, Minn. His body was recovered at 11:53 p.m. April 11 after dispatchers received a report of a body floating in the river about a mile east of Baudette. His body was taken to the Lakewood Health Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
WADENA, Minn. -- The Wadena County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the young woman killed after being hit by a BNSF Railway train Saturday evening. Officials say 15-year-old Stacy Hundeby of Wadena was struck and killed by an eastbound BNSF train. Hundeby's dog was also killed by the BNSF train. Hundeby was a ninth-grader at Wadena-Deer Creek High School, according to the district's Facebook page post.
SILVER BAY, Minn. -- The ongoing dispute about Bent Paddle Brewing’s opposition to the a PolyMet copper mining project in northern Minnesota has now derailed a fire truck purchase by the town of Silver Bay. Councilor Carlene Perfetto on April 11 voted against a measure to purchase a firetruck, citing the council's 3-2 vote in March to remove Bent Paddle products from the city liquor store and lounge because of the Duluth brewery's membership in a coalition opposed to copper mining in the region.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans soon may have three choices for the type of driver's license or state-issued identification card they want. Minnesota provides regular DLs and IDs and enhanced versions. The enhanced ones allow admission into federal facilities and other North American countries. Legislators are looking into ordering the state Public Safety Department to provide another third form, known as Real ID, that complies with federal guidelines.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton Monday signed a bill into law that allows private fundraising for a celebration when the state Capitol building reopens next year. A $310 million renovation is to be mostly wrapped up by the end of 2016. It should be fully finished by fall, which is when the celebration is expected. The new law calls for about $400,000 to be raised.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota House Republicans edged up their proposed broadband spending Monday as they worked to wrap up their budget plan. The new figure of $40 million for two years is $5 million more than the GOP said it would push last week. It is short of $100 million sought by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and $85 million proposed by Democrats who control the state Senate. The money would be used to expand high-speed Internet to unserved areas, mostly in rural Minnesota.
ST. PAUL -- A key House committee Monday approved paying three Minnesotans for time they spent in prison before they were exonerated. They would get payment under a new law that provides for the state to pay when prosecutions were wrong.
ST. PAUL -- Democrats and Republicans alike took time Monday to honor South St. Paul Democratic Sen. James Metzen, who is leaving the Senate this year as he battles cancer. They thanked him, especially for the years he spent as Senate president. "You treated the minority very, very fairly," Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, said. Metzen is known for his sense of humor, which Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, mentioned.