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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A trapper who had not been seen for about three weeks was found dead Friday in a slough near Alexandria. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office did not release the name of the 63-year-old man. A conservation officer found the man partially submerged in the water next to a small kayak and trapping equipment, a release from the sheriff’s office said.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The Willmar City Council voted unanimously Friday to offer the city administrator’s job to Thief River Falls City Administrator Larry Kruse and authorized search consultant Gary Weiers to negotiate a contract. The council set the salary range at $115,000 to $135,000. Council members said they were comfortable with Kruse, and they cited Kruse’s 30 years of government service and ability to build consensus and collaboration.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- Parents of a Fergus Falls teen who drowned on a church youth trip two years ago have reached a settlement with the church and the company the church rented two houseboats from. Briggs Anderson, 14, drowned July 29, 2013, while on a youth trip with Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church to Rainy Lake, on the U.S.-Canada border near International Falls, Minn.
ST. PAUL -- Bruce Dayton was the last of five Dayton brothers in the legendary Minnesota family that became a national retailing powerhouse. Dayton, father of Minnesota's governor, died Friday at 97. In partnership with his brothers, Bruce Dayton expanded the Dayton Co. from one department store their father and grandfather owned in Minneapolis into chains of nationally known stores. Today the company is owned by others as Target Corp., Minnesota's best-known business.
ST. PAUL -- Federal authorities are ready to give farmers in Minnesota and nine other states money to help save the iconic monarch butterfly. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it has $4 million for the program next year to help farmers and ranchers make changes on their land to help the butterfly that is declining in numbers.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota landlord who rents to a homeless veteran could get $1,000. The state Veterans' Affairs Department and community leaders across Minnesota committed earlier this year to end veteran homelessness before 2016. The $1,000 incentive is part of the effort.
Justin Bieber fans rejoiced Wednesday when the music superstar announced he would be going on tour -- with stops including Fargo, N.D., and Minneapolis -- to promote his new album Purpose, which will be released Friday.
BRAINERD, Minn. – Classic rock band Styx will headline the Brainerd music festival Lakes Jam on June 25. Styx joined the music scene in 1972 with their self-titled debut album...
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A police chase that started in west Brainerd and ended in southeast Brainerd has left two Brainerd police squad vehicles damaged and the suspect in the hospital.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota has released an environmental report on a proposed electric transmission line expected to run through the northwest region of the state. The final environmental impact statement for the Great Northern Transmission Line, proposed by Duluth-based Minnesota Power, will be used by the state Public Utilities Commission to decide whether to issue a route permit for the project, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Commerce.