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DULUTH, Minn.—The vice president of the University of Minnesota Duluth College Republicans has stepped down after racist and nationalist posts on the group's Facebook page. The group's president removed several posts from its Facebook page late Monday night after concerns were raised about their content. Among the posts removed was one from Aug. 11 that, according to WDIO-TV, read in part: "There is a cozy thought to the USA killing millions. I mean we spend all this money on the miltary (sic), why not use it?"
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Fifteen of Douglas County named 122 lakes have temporary no wake zoning on them starting Tuesday, Aug. 15, for 30 days. Watercraft can not create a wake within 300 feet of the shoreline after the Douglas County commissioners enacted the temporary special control because of unseasonably high rainfall.
ROSEAU, Minn.—It's dry across much of northwest Minnesota, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking people to be cautious with any outdoor projects, such as mowing, that could cause wildfires. Weather stations in Roseau, Karlstad and Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge have not recorded a quarter-inch rain event in the last 30 days, the DNR said. Most of the Warroad area received less than 1 inch of rain in the last month. The DNR and local fire departments responded to seven wildfires in the past week, said Adam Munstenteiger, Warroad Area Forestry supervisor.
BUHL, Minn. -- A northeast Minnesota man died over the weekend after he attempted to rescue a dog in a mine pit, authorities said. An eyewitness reported seeing Gary Paternoster, 56, go into the Buhl Pit just after 6 p.m. Saturday to retrieve his dog, which was apparently caught on something in the water, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Paternoster reportedly sank in the water before reaching the animal.
MILLE LACS LAKE, Minn.—Catch-and-release walleye fishing and use of live bait will return to Mille Lacs Lake effective at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, continuing through Sept. 4. "After an extended mid-season closure, we look forward to reopening the lake to catch-and-release walleye fishing," said Don Pereira, fisheries section chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in a news release.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A 27-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Thursday for allegedly attacking a witness at his job who testified in a past drug case against him. Paulo Natividad Portillo has been charged in Kandiyohi County District Court with one felony count of first-degree tampering with a witness – injured in retaliation, for an alleged incident June 21 at the Willmar Cash Wise Foods.
DULUTH -- The St. Marys River between lakes Superior and Huron was partially closed to commercial vessels as of Thursday morning, Aug. 10, after a U.S. cargo ship ran aground less than 3 miles east of the Soo Locks. The 629-foot Calumet departed Essar Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and was transiting downbound in the St. Marys River to its next port of call in Brevort, Mich., when it ran aground 20 minutes before midnight Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release.
MEDINA, Minn. — Polaris is urging owners of their Scrambler ATVs to not ride them until repairing a flaw that could cause the vehicle’s throttle to fail. The recall, announced Tuesday, Aug. 8, involves all Scrambler XP 1000 vehicles from model years 2014 through 2017. The company reports it has had nine reports of the throttle release switch failing, resulting in two minor injuries.
ST. CLOUD — A St. Cloud man is being charged with second-degree murder after punching another man in an early Saturday morning confrontation. Travis Johnson, 21, punched 22-year-old Anthony Shriver of Waconia while walking home with a group of friends at about 2:30 a.m., according to a St. Cloud Police Department report. Police responded to the fight and took Johnson into custody, when he was cited for fifth-degree assault and released.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski told police that he left his 11-month old nephew Bentley alone for about two hours last Wednesday morning to go buy drugs, according to charges filed Monday. When Bonacci-Koski returned to the house in Tower, the criminal complaint said, he saw firefighters at the scene and ran off — not yet knowing Bentley Joe Lewis Koski had perished in a house fire.