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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.
STILLWATER, Minn.—A man who sent a picture of himself burglarizing the home of a vacationing Cottage Grove family has been sentenced to jail and probation. Rodney Charles Houska III, 21, of South St. Paul was convicted of second-degree burglary and sentenced April 4 in Washington County District Court.
HUDSON, Wis. -- A Twin Cities motorcyclist being chased by an officer at speeds in excess of 130 mph was injured early Monday in a crash along Interstate 94 in...
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the young woman killed after being hit by a BNSF 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.
ST. MICHAEL, N.D. — A man has been charged with murder and attempted murder on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in connection with an incident last weekend. Dallas Wayne Thundershield, 35, was charged in U.S. District Court April 9, according to a criminal complaint. Law enforcement have released few details on the investigation.