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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.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota education officials would compile reports about student violence against teachers and teachers would have the authority to remove any student from a classroom if deemed to be a safety threat under a proposed House bill. A state House education committee Tuesday considered legislation written after a series of student attacks on teachers. The bill will be discussed again later this spring.
BISMARCK -- Bismarck police arrested a man who allegedly tried to rob a gas station convenience store on 3921 Trenton Ave. on Sunday night.
SPICER, Minn. -- A 5-year-old boy involved in an all-terrain vehicle crash Saturday night in Spicer has died. The Hennepin County Medical Center said Wesley Needham died Monday. Needham had previously been listed in critical condition by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, who responded to the crash about 5 p.m. Saturday.
DULUTH -- A 21-year-old Duluth man faces a felony charge after allegedly burglarizing a West Duluth home to support a drug habit. Scott Robert Vercelline Jr. was charged last week with second-degree burglary, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines, after being arrested Thursday.
The Aitkin woman killed March 29 following a standoff with law enforcement has been identified as 50-year-old Denise Renie Fairchild. Fairchild suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the torso, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office stated. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting at the request of the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A teen has been sentenced in juvenile court for allegedly helping make a fake bomb and taping it to a utility pole in People's Park. The Oct. 1 incident caused police to block off the area and call in a bomb squad. Nearby Rossman Elementary School also went into "Code Yellow" partial lockdown mode, keeping students and staff in their classrooms throughout much of the morning.