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WASHINGTON -- Twenty seven Minnesota counties and three tribes will be eligible for federal disaster assistance after they were hammered with storms this past summer. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said on Wednesday, Sept. 5, that the aid designation signed by President Trump will provide reimbursement at least up to 75 percent of the costs to repair roads, bridges and water systems.
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans will be able to apply for a REAL ID-compliant card beginning next month, but they will have two years to obtain one if they choose. That means Minnesotans will be able to use their standard licenses and ID cards for federal purposes, including boarding domestic flights and entering federal facilities such as military bases, until Oct. 1, 2020. Passports, of course, are needed for international flights.
ST. PAUL -- The 2018 roadside survey for pheasants in Minnesota has shown a surprising 19 percent increase over last year. While the count is similar to the 10-year average, it is still 52 percent below the long-term average.
LAS VEGAS—About 275 tickets were sold from the three-state region to last year's deadly outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas, where 58 people died and 851 were injured. Officials from Nevada's Victims of Crime Program are encouraging people to apply for funding by the approaching deadline of Oct. 1, which is one year after the nation's largest mass shooting occurred.
ST. CLOUD — Something didn't smell right when Stearns County deputies were called to a report of a burglary of lumber and other items from a farm shed on Wednesday morning, Aug. 29. The case quickly began to stink even more. The caller said the pickup was still on his property and it was stuck in a huge pit of manure, made messier because of heavy weekend rains, with one man still in the vehicle. Another man had fled the scene.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — The scenic Hallaway Hill Overlook Trail in Maplewood State Park near Pelican Rapids in west-central Minnesota will undergo construction after Labor Day to re-route the trail to address erosion issues, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Construction is expected to take about a month, but the trail will remain open.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — After scouring 187 lakes in Minnesota, a team of 225 trained volunteers found only one lake that had the invasive algae called starry stonewort. It was Wolf Lake in Hubbard County in north-central Minnesota. During a follow-up survey in the lake, DNR invasive species specialists found a one-third-acre bed of starry stonewort at an undeveloped access off a township road.
SUMMIT, S.D.—Someone craving a beef roast in Minnesota may have to wait a little bit longer after two semis crashed in far northeast South Dakota this past weekend. More than 31,000 pounds or almost 16 tons of beef roasts were destroyed after the semis collided in foggy conditions about three miles west of Summit near the Minnesota border about 7:20 a.m. on Saturday.
GRAND FORKS -- Officers have identified a Grand Forks woman who died after crashing her motorcycle Wednesday evening in the city.. In the crash, 39-year-old Renee Lillehaugen lost control of her 2000 Harley Davidson just before 8 p.m., according to a news release. The motorcycle was eastbound on DeMers Avenue when it hit the curb and then a traffic pole, the release said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minneapolis Veterans Home, along with state government, made history Thursday, Aug. 23, by opening the nation’s first fixed dental clinic on a state veterans home campus. Previously, the home relied on mobile clinics to provide dental care to veterans as do others across the state.