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BRAINERD, Minn.—Nude dudes on water scooters—that's the gist of it. That, more or less, was the dispatch report to Tim Collette, a conservation officer for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, who launched his patrol boat from Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake north of Brainerd in north-central Minnesota about 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12, to arrest a pair of naked troublemakers operating vintage stand-up personal watercraft.
NISSWA, Minn.—Compared to the typically one-on-one contests of general elections, primaries have a king-of-the-hill vibe—a whole slew of candidates, some serious contenders, some not, all scrapping tooth and nail for their party's nomination. For the Minnesota Republicans, this year did shake out like that. That's because the winners of the primary were crowned long before Tuesday's election, said Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan on Friday, Aug. 17, at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.
NISSWA, Minn.—With their interparty rivals eliminated in the primary, Minnesota's remaining gubernatorial candidates can turn their attention to the opposing side. And so the DFL's Tim Walz and Republican Jeff Johnson are embarking on a series of governor's debates before the looming Nov. 6 election. Their first stop was Friday, Aug. 17, at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, giving an up-close look at the two men vying for the state's top executive seat.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Miniscule wood chips flit through the air, dust so fine it's almost mist—all that's left of towering trees that existed as giants for decades, then vanished in an instant. Watching an industrial-sized woodchipper process entire trees, it's something of a microcosm for an industry experiencing a similar vanishing act—more than half of the state's paper mills have closed down since 2008, said Scott Dane, the executive director of Associated Contract Loggers & Truckers Inc., a Minnesota association representing these industries.
ISLE, Minn.—Gubernatorial hopeful Jeff Johnson may have his eyes fixed on 2018, but if a stop by Mille Lacs Lake is any indication, he'll have to keep an eye on 1999 if he's elected. That's the year the Supreme Court, in a split 5-4 ruling, upheld an 1837 treaty recognizing Ojibwe rights to hunt, fish and gather under their own rules. While the treaty covers a swath of traditional Ojibwe territories in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Mille Lacs Lake has remained a focal point—particularly since state and tribal authorities agreed to co-manage its resources.
BRAINERD, Minn. — "They said Hole-in-the-Day was like a big log in the road, too high to get over, too big to go around."
CROSSLAKE—At the spry age of 74, Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Crosby, is becoming something of a practitioner of sudden reversals—at least in terms of his future plans.
LEGIONVILLE, Minn.—Volunteer crews finally won the weeks-long battle with the bog Sunday, June 10, the culmination of hundreds of man-hours spent in hot, humid conditions, wielding chainsaws and powering boats to dismember it. "When the last piece went, all the volunteers yelled 'Hey! We did it!'" said Bill Schmidt, the president of North Long Lake Association. "That really tells you about it."
BAXTER, Minn.—Representatives of Minnesotans for Line 3 stopped in Baxter Tuesday, May 15, to present their side of a debate that's been a central focus of environmental issues in the state since 2013, when the Enbridge Line 3 replacement oil pipeline first was proposed. Billed as an informational presentation, the room was furnished for a group setting. One person attended.
DEERWOOD, Minn.—Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson was in Deerwood Monday, May 7, "spreading the word" on a wave of newer, modern variants of traditional phone scams that are creating a surge in fraud and identity theft plaguing Minnesotans and people across the United States.