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June 21, 2012

Lewiston man injured in crash on U.S. 61

Filed under: Accident — Breaking News @ 2:19 pm

WINONA — A Lewiston man was injured Thursday morning when the pickup he was driving ran off U.S. 61, south of Bass Camp.

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North Dakota further eases Minn. cattle import requirements

Filed under: Agriculture, Business — Breaking News @ 10:24 am

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota once again is treating cattle imports from most of Minnesota the same way it treats cattle coming from other states.

North Dakota’s Board of Animal Health in February 2008 imposed import restrictions on Minnesota cattle because of bovine tuberculosis in cattle and deer in the northwestern part of that state. In June 2010, North Dakota eased the TB testing requirement for most Minnesota cattle but left in place other requirements for Minnesota cattle coming to North Dakota livestock markets.

Those requirements now have been relaxed back to the level that applies to cattle from most other states.

Minnesota last year regained its “TB-free” status. North Dakota still requires testing for cattle coming from a small area in the northwestern part of Minnesota where the TB outbreak was concentrated.

Floods strand campers in northern Minn. state park

Filed under: Severe weather, State — Breaking News @ 10:22 am

Associated Press

McGREGOR, Minn. — Seven campers are stranded in a northern Minnesota state park after flood waters washed out their only exit route.

The assistant manager of Savanna Portage State Park in McGregor says two groups of campers are temporarily stuck Thursday while an excavating crew rushes to rebuild the road. She says the campers are outside cell phone coverage, but that park rangers were able to reach them by all-terrain vehicle and both groups decided to stay with their vehicles.

Assistant park manager Sandy Wells says both groups are in good spirits, have plenty of food and are enjoying their adventure. She says park officials hope to have the road rebuilt by Thursday afternoon.

Savanna Portage is a 16,000-acre state park about 70 miles west of Duluth.

Commerce Secretary John Bryson says he is resigning

Filed under: Nation — Breaking News @ 10:12 am

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Commerce Secretary John Bryson says he is resigning after suffering a seizure earlier this month in the Los Angeles area.

President Barack Obama says in a statement that he has accepted the resignation and thanks Bryson for the “invaluable experience and expertise” he brought to the administration.

Bryson says in a letter to Obama that he is concerned his seizure “could be a distraction” from his performance as secretary and says the nation would be better served by “a change in leadership” at the department.

Earlier this month, Bryson transferred his functions and duties as secretary to Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank, who is now acting commerce secretary.

Minn. woman finds $5,000 ring in secondhand pants

Filed under: State — Breaking News @ 8:58 am

Associated Press

HAMLAKE, Minn. — A Minnesota woman has found a diamond ring worth at least $5,000 in a pair of secondhand pants, but says she can’t bring herself to keep it.

Deb Thompson of Hamlake, Minn., is working with Goodwill to try to find the ring’s original owner.

The 53-year-old bought the pants for $3.99 Monday at a Goodwill store in Coon Rapids. She says she found the ring in the pocket, and when she looked at it she could only think, “Wow.”

A jeweler estimates the ring is worth between $5,000 and $6,500.

Thompson says she can’t keep the ring. She tells KSTP-TV (http://bit.ly/M9jRaQ ) she wants to find the owner so she can hear the story of how the ring got there.

A message left with Goodwill on Thursday was not immediately returned.

Best Buy raises dividend

Filed under: Business — Breaking News @ 8:57 am

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Best Buy said Thursday it is raising its dividend by a penny per share to 17 cents.

The move came about two hours ahead of its annual shareholders’ meeting where it is expected to provide details on its turnaround plan. Shareholders will also be looking for information on how its search for a permanent CEO is going.

The higher dividend will be payable on Oct. 2 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 11.

The Minnesota-based electronics chain is trying to improve results in the face of increased competition from online retailers and discount stores.’

A rapidly changing retail landscape threatens to make Best Buy’s large “big box” store obsolete. In April, Best Buy said it would close 50 locations, cut 400 corporate jobs and trim $800 million in costs.

At the shareholder meeting, industry analysts expect Best Buy to provide both an update on plans to turn the company around and information about who will lead that effort.

Interim CEO Mike Mikan, who is one of the candidates, said during an earnings call in May that major change is needed in order for Best Buy to survive.

Best Buy shares dropped 13 cents to $20.18 in morning trading Thursday. They are up from a 52-week low of $17.53 on May 21.

Northeast Minn. flood evacuations spread to Carlton

Filed under: Severe weather, State — Breaking News @ 6:28 am

Associated Press

DULUTH, Minn.  — Officials in Carlton are evacuating residents in the town 20 miles south of Duluth because of road damage and rising water.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reports a Red Cross shelter at Carlton High School was being moved to outside Cloquet. Earlier Wednesday, nearly 40 campers and 20 residents showed up at the shelter after being advised to leave their locations.

Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake says up to 170 people have been evacuated from the town of Carlton. Lake says the evacuations are not mandatory.

The Red Cross is also running a shelter at First United Methodist Church in Duluth, also known as the Copper Top Church for its distinctive pyramid-shaped roof. By noon, about 40 residents had sought shelter there.

Polar bear, seals moved to St. Paul zoo

Filed under: Severe weather, State — Breaking News @ 6:23 am

DULUTH, Minn. — The polar bear and seals that escaped their exhibits at the flooded Lake Superior Zoo are being moved to a St. Paul zoo.

Animal care director Peter Pruett, in Duluth, says the move to Como Park Zoo is precautionary and in the best interest of the animals. KBJR-TV (http://bit.ly/13pTQt ) reports other animals, including brown bears and lions, will be quarantined in the animal care building at the Lake Superior Zoo.

About a dozen animals in the barnyard exhibit died when flood waters the engulfed the zoo early Wednesday. After Feisty the seal was found on a city street, zoo employees were called in and began searching for animals in the dark.

Berlin the polar bear was found on a rock wall that encloses her exhibit. Another escaped seal was found on a walking path.

June 20, 2012

NE Minn. flood evacuations spread to Carlton

Filed under: State — Breaking News @ 8:44 pm

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Officials in Carlton are evacuating residents in the town 20 miles south of Duluth because of road damage and rising water.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reports (http://bit.ly/KzxL5J) a Red Cross shelter at Carlton High School was being moved to outside Cloquet (kloh-KAY’). Earlier Wednesday, nearly 40 campers and 20 residents showed up at the shelter after being advised to leave their locations.

Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake says up to 170 people have been evacuated from the town of Carlton. Lake says the evacuations are not mandatory.

The Red Cross is also running a shelter at First United Methodist Church in Duluth, also known as the Copper Top Church for its distinctive pyramid-shaped roof. By noon, about 40 residents had sought shelter there.

Minnesota Supreme Court backs ‘U’ Facebook discipline

Filed under: State — Breaking News @ 4:14 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says the University of Minnesota could discipline a mortuary student over Facebook comments that her instructors found threatening.

The court ruled that the university did not violate Amanda Tatro’s free speech rights.

In December 2009, Tatro, then a mortuary science student, wrote on Facebook that she wanted to use an embalming tool “to stab a certain someone in the throat.”

Tatro’s grade in her course was changed to failing and she was forced to take a psychological evaluation.

Last summer, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the university’s right to discipline Tatro. Tatro asked the state Supreme Court to review the ruling.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/L4Xmyk ) reports Tatro received her diploma last November.

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