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In the woods south of Nimrod, Minn., the Crow Wing River wraps around Jerry Mevissen’s 50-acre homestead, a tranquil base for penning tales about life in small town Minnesota. “This place is so inspirational,” the 81-year-old author said last Friday afternoon, amid a crackling fire, as he gazed out his tall windows toward the river. “I’ll never tire of that.” His dog, Princess Sofia, keeps him company, along with his many friends.
ST. PAUL — Millions of Midwesterners face the threat of not being able to buy enough propane to heat their homes and businesses at a time when the country has more of the fuel than ever. The propane just is not where it needs to be, the Propane Education and Research Council reported Thursday. Also Thursday, Upper Midwest propane users got a couple sparks of good news. First, Texas Gov.
ST. PAUL -- President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech promise to "give Americans a raise" raised the hopes of Minnesotans who want the state minimum wage increased. The Democratic-controlled Minnesota House already is on record in favor of a $9.50-an-hour wage, but fellow Democrats in the Senate majority stopped well short of that level last year. “With the president’s call for a $10.10 minimum wage coupled with Gov.
Fire at potato warehouse consumes building, sets records It’s been just over a week since a large R.D. Offutt Co. potato warehouse near Perham went up in a blaze. The remains of the warehouse, located northwest of town on Otter Tail County Highway 80, were still smoking and smoldering where they lay as of press time Tuesday. Perham Fire Chief Mark Schmidt said the preliminary damage estimate is at about $4.5 million. Investigators from the state fire marshal’s office and R.D.
Charges are pending against an unknown number of people for illegally taking, transporting and/or possessing too many walleyes on Lake of the Woods, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported this week. In a statement issued by Chris Niskanen, DNR communications director in St. Paul, at the request of the Herald, an investigation by the DNR’s Division of Enforcement documented numerous violations.
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.