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NASHWAUK, Minn. -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals has backed a rural Nashwauk man who sawed his neighbor's garage in half in a property boundary dispute. A three-judge panel of the appellate court, in a 10-page decision released Monday, said Roger Weber was on his own property when he sawed the garage that apparently was half on his property and half on property owned by Mark Besemann.
HIBBING, Minn. — Catholic Priest Brian Lederer was found not guilty Monday of all six charges against him of inappropriately touching young girls. A jury of six men and six women deliberated less than two hours before returning the verdict in State District Court after a four-day trial.
A second person has been charged in connection with the death last month of Jaysen Greenwood, whose body was found near an abandoned mine pit in Mountain Iron. A 16-year-old Hibbing girl was charged Wednesday in State District Court in Virginia for obstructing a homicide investigation. She is being held in the Arrowhead Juvenile Center in Duluth, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.
ELY, Minn. -- U.S. Forest Service officials on Monday said they are "deeply concerned" about potential impacts of the proposed Twin Metals copper mine on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and announced a public comment period before the agency's decision on extending mining leases for the project. Public comments can be submitted starting next Monday on the request by Twin Metals to renew old leases on federal land under which the company hopes to mine copper, nickel and other valuable metals.
The invasion should have happened in 2014. Or last year. Definitely by now. But forest tent caterpillars are about as scarce as hen's teeth these days. In great news for everyone planning June weddings, graduation parties, reunions or camping trips, the cyclical invasion of forest tent caterpillars, sometimes called army worms, appears to have been called off.
WARBA — Golden-winged warblers are little birds in big trouble. Scientists say they are declining faster than any other songbird in North America. They are under consideration for federal Endangered Species Act protections. The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology says only about 400,000 breeding adults remain, a decline of 66 percent since the 1960s. In some eastern states, their population has crashed by 98 percent.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday announced that Minnesota's rapidly declining moose herd may warrant protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. The federal agency is responding to a petition filed last year by the Center for Biological Diversity that moose in Minnesota, which have declined by 60 percent over the past decade, need federal protection to ensure their survival.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota Power on Wednesday unveiled plans to triple the size of rebates available to its customers who install solar panels on their rooftops, garages or yards by adding an extra $1 million annually to the program for the next three years. Customers could receive up to $20,000 back on the new solar panels they install, with the rebate program covering nearly one-third of the initial cost of installing solar, depending on the size of the system.
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- The National Wildlife Federation on Monday filed suit in federal court in Detroit against the U.S. government agency that oversees oil pipeline safety, saying the government has illegally allowed oil to pass through an Enbridge Energy pipeline in Michigan. The environmental group is asking the court to shut down the pipeline until the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration complies with federal law.
DULUTH -- If you're among the generations who remember AM radios, black-and-white TV and dial telephones, you probably remember hotel keys. In the days before magnetic-strip cards were swiped to enter hotel rooms, there used to be old-fashioned door keys. And attached to each door key was a piece of plastic or wood with the hotel name and address stamped on. In case you accidentally absconded with the key and drove on to the next city before realizing it, no problem: Drop in any mailbox, a message read; postage was guaranteed.