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ST. PAUL -- Public Utilities Commission members would be picked by congressional district under a bill offered by Minnesota state Rep. Dan Fabian. Fabian, R-Roseau, said that the PUC deals with issues important to all of Minnesota, but commissioners often mostly come from the Twin Cities. The current system does not have residency requirements. The PUC needs "a greater regional representation," he said.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Another eight concerts are on tap for the Bluestem Center for the Arts in south Moorhead, with the likes of Bret Michaels, "Weird Al" Yankovic and Brandi Carlile all slated to perform this year. During a press conference Wednesday, April 6, Trollwood Performing Arts School and events promoter Jade Presents unveiled the lineup for the 2016 Bluestem Summer Concert Series, which is presented by Dakota Magic Casino and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead..
LITTLEFORK, Minn. -- One person died and another was injured Wednesday morning in a head-on crash on an icy U.S. Highway 71 in Koochiching County. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that the crash happened at about 7:45 a.m. about four miles north of Littlefork. A Mazda Tribute SUV traveling south on Highway 71 crossed the centerline, in what the Patrol said were slippery conditions, and hit a northbound Ford pickup truck head-on.
FOREST LAKE, Minn. -- A Forest Lake man who choked and stabbed his girlfriend to death and then stayed with her body until a neighbor noticed the smell has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Lauren Mason Grove Lynch, 27, is expected to receive a 30-year prison sentence, according to Washington County Attorney Pete Orput.
ESKO, Minn. -- A 19-year-old Esko, Minn., native was fatally shot over the weekend in Florida, where he was attending college, according to police and family members. Ethan Jared Halverson, who was living in Port Orange, Fla., was shot once outside a Daytona Beach apartment building Saturday, according to a police report.
ST. PAUL -- The younger the minor, the tougher the potential prostitution sentence. That summarizes a bill approved Tuesday by the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee and sent to the House Floor. Rep. Dave Pinto, D-St. Paul, sponsor a bill that would toughen penalties in a 2015 law that addressed the crime of hiring or offering to hire an individual to engage in prostitution when the individual is a minor.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Duluth greeted its first oceangoing vessel of the season over the weekend, as the Dutch-flagged Albanyborg passed beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge at 7:41 p.m Sunday, April 3. In a ceremony Monday afternoon to mark the event, local dignitaries gathered on the ship's bridge, where they presented its captain, Igor Bunenkov of Ukraine, with gifts. The 472-foot-long Albanyborg began its journey by being the first to also enter the St. Lawrence Seaway on March 23.
ST. PAUL -- Commercial fishing license applications are being accepted in several areas of Minnesota to remove and sell rough fish species, mainly carp and buffalo fish from lakes and streams. Licenses from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are available for portions of Chippewa, Yellow Medicine and Renville counties, and for all of Aitkin and Mille Lacs counties.
ST. PAUL -- Officials of Minnesota's newest city say they are missing out on Local Government Aid others cities get. Rice Lake, north of the Duluth Airport, changed from being a township to a city in October. The problem is that LGA partially is based on what a city received in the previous year, but Rice Lake has received none of the state aid and would need years to catch up to other communities.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota cities need state funds to help prepare for the loss of ash trees, nursery and tree organizations say. Legislation by Rep. Rick Hansen, D-South St. Paul, would provide $13 million to fight the emerald ash borer's advance into a dozen Minnesota counties. Tim Power, representing the nursery and tree industries, told a state House committee Tuesday that the money is needed to keep ash trees in place, at least until they are replaced by other trees.