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ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans might be surprised to learn that the government can track their movements. "They are literally shocked that the government can access the location of your cell phone without notice," Rep. Joe Atkins, D-Inver Grove Heights, said Tuesday before a state House committee approved two bills to make it harder for law enforcement agencies to follow mobile phones and, thus, their owners. The two similar bills easily passed on voice votes to require police to obtain search warrants before tracking phones.
ST. PAUL -- Fighting synthetic drugs is a popular topic among Minnesota legislators. Rep. Erik Simonson, D-Duluth, presented his bill to crack down on the dangerous chemicals to the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee Tuesday, going away with few questions and a unanimous vote. A Senate House and Senate votes will not be the end for the synthetic drug fight, Simonson said. Drug makers keep changing chemical formulas they use, as well as marketing, so constant work is needed. If his bill passes this year, Simonson said, he and U.S. Rep.
RED LAKE, Minn. - The FBI is investigating the weekend death of a member of the Red Lake Tribal Council. "The FBI received reports of a suspicious death on the Red Lake Indian Reservation," Kyle Loven, chief division counsel for the FBI in Minneapolis, said in a phone interview.
ST. PAUL -- A state Senate committee decided more information is needed about Minnesota's 2-year-old wolf hunt, so voted Tuesday to suspend the hunt. The 8-6 vote in the Senate Environment and Energy Committee favors a milder version of bills wolf proponents want to permanently end wolf hunting and trapping.
At a special meeting Monday, Sebeka City Council members unanimously accepted the retirement of the town’s police chief, who was recently cited for driving while intoxicated, and appointed a part-time officer as interim chief. Eric Swenson, 48, had been a Sebeka police officer for 28 years and the chief since 2007. In a one-sentence letter to the council dated March 9, he ended that tenure. “I hereby retire from the Sebeka Police Department,” wrote Swenson, who did not attend Monday’s meeting.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Police here are investigating an armed robbery in which the suspect tied up a video store clerk and a customer late Monday. According to police, a white male in his mid-20s entered the Premiere Video on North Nokomis Street about 10 p.m. Monday holding a handgun.
DICKINSON, N.D. – Thomas Sander had been working toward becoming a principal for a while. So when he got that job at Trinity High School in Dickinson, N.D., last summer, he emailed some academic contacts, telling them the good news. “He told me he got this principalship at a Catholic school,” adviser Blaine Ward said, “which I thought was pretty much his aim or his goal. “He was excited about it.” Those contacts didn’t hear much from him after he shared his news.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s roads may be going on a low-salt diet. After a brutal winter, supplies are running so low that many cities are starting to cut their salt use by mixing in sand. If March brings another snowstorm or two, salt supplies could run out – and cities will be forced to buy salt that is almost four times more expensive.
SLEEPY EYE, Minn. – Two sons of the lead singer of a popular Fargo-area band were involved in a crash that killed four people near here Friday night, killing one of the sons and leaving the other hospitalized in intensive care. Payton Ryan Adams, 17, of Sleepy Eye, died in the crash, along with John D. Mangen, 18, of Fairfax, Caleb B. Quesenberry, 17, of St. Peter, and Tyler S.