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ST. PAUL -- Two Upper Midwest governors have issued emergency orders to help their residents deal with a propane shortage, with prices at the highest levels ever, while those in the region who depend on the gas for heat face continued bitterly cold temperatures. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Monday night declared a propane emergency. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took similar action during the weekend. Both governors have ordered their state agencies to do whatever they can to help residents cope.
FARGO – When Payton Jordahl was a freshman at football practice for Perham (Minn.) High School he decided to try long snapping just for fun. It was good enough to get him a permanent spot on varsity and now it’s gotten him his dream. Sunday, the senior verbally committed to the University of Minnesota, where he figures to play long snapper. “It just started with me grabbing a football and snapping it in practice,” Jordahl said. “I can’t stress enough how it’s all the hours in the weight room and film room and every little detail. I’m just sitting here today, thinking, ‘Wow.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota is considering making it easier to become a teacher by eliminating what educators say is an overly demanding test of their academic skills. A committee created during the 2013 legislative session is recommending that lawmakers scrap a “basic skills test” of math, reading and writing skills that teachers must now pass before they can command a classroom.
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The comedic and controversial MNsure health insurance exchange ads featuring legendary characters Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are about to fade into legend themselves. MNsure spokesman John Reich said Thursday that although Paul and Babe would remain the symbols of MNsure, at least some of the radio and television ads featuring the pair will be canceled as the organization tries to save money. “What we’re looking at doing is scaling back some of the paid media around the campaign,” he said.
FARGO - In a board meeting Thursday the Minnesota State High School League board of directors passed a proposal 19-1 known as District Football Scheduling. It will begin in the 2015 high school football season. The MSHSL board also approved 2015 football dates with the state championship - also known as the Prep Bowl - set for Nov. 14-15, two weeks earlier than usual, at TCF Bank Stadium with a new Vikings stadium being built. First football practices will begin Aug. 10. The regular season will remain eight games and the playoff format will be unchanged.
Minnesota has a strong history of hunting and fishing traditions that runs through generations of families. Imagine this region without our lakes, without ample hunting opportunities, without anglers out year-round, hoping to hook the big one. It’s a depressing thought. Yet, it could happen, slowly, if the number of hunting and fishing enthusiasts continues to dwindle; if fewer generations pass on the fulfilling outdoor traditions that make our lakes, wildlife and outdoor amenities so special. These traditions don’t run on auto-pilot and are something we should not take for granted
MINNEAPOLIS – Target Corp. laid off 475 corporate employees Wednesday as it struggles with disappointing sales, Canadian woes and aftershocks from its massive data breach. It has also eliminated 700...
An Audubon, Minn., man died Wednesday night from injuries he suffered in a snowmobiling crash, according to the Becker County Sheriff’s Department. Dustin Gordon Gilbertson, 30, was riding west in a ditch along County Road 138 in Lake Eunice Township when the crash happened, the department said. Gilbertson’s snowmobile hit a power line guy-wire, and he was thrown from the snowmobile. Shortly before 6:30 p.m., emergency crews were dispatched to the crash scene. Gilbertson died as medics were taking him by ambulance to Essentia Health-St.
Minnesota students are planning to attend college in greater numbers, are drinking less soda and alcohol, are smoking less marijuana and fewer cigarettes, and about 82 percent of high-school juniors in Minnesota reported spending some time texting on typical school days. These are just some of the findings of the just-released 2013 Minnesota Student Survey. More than 160,000 Minnesota students in grades five, eight, nine and 11 took the voluntary survey.
MOORHEAD – A Moorhead woman was sentenced to almost four years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing almost $500,000 dollars from the dental office where she worked as manager. Teresa Rae Larson, 45, was sentenced in Clay County District Court Tuesday to three years and nine months after pleading guilty to four counts of diversion of corporate property, a felony.