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ST. PAUL -- Conservative groups and Republican legislators are taking Minnesota Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to court over an online voter registration system he launched. They say Ritchie exceeded his constitutional authority. Their attorney, Erick Kaardal of Minneapolis, called the secretary “a serial violator of the Constitution,” referring to lawsuits that resulted in the Minnesota Supreme Court saying he improperly renamed two proposed constitutional amendments last year. Rep.
BADGER, Minn. – An area turkey and his alternate will head to the White House for the national Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony this year. But it’s up to the Burkel family to decide which two. John Burkel, a turkey farmer here, is the National Turkey Federation’s 2013 chairman. “We took 80 turkeys out of that flock we placed in July, and we worked with that 80 to start with for about three or four weeks,” Burkel said.
It’s go-time for voters in the Detroit Lakes School District, as polls open Tuesday for a special school building bond referendum. The $59 million plan will provide for a new K-3 elementary school, as well as a lengthy list of district-wide building improvements. This is the only issue on the ballot, and it will be decided by a simple majority. Once the polls close at 8 p.m.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and state Sen. Julianne Ortman easily won straw polls for Minnesota Governor and U.S. Senate during Saturday’s Republican State Central Committee meeting in Blaine. Johnson, a Detroit Lakes native and former state representative, finished the nonbinding poll with 35 percent, ahead of state Sen. Dave Thompson of Lakeville in second with 27 percent. They are among Republicans looking to beat Democratic Gov.
MOORHEAD – With new research in hand they say disproves some myths about the harm a minimum wage increase may have, advocacy groups are renewing their push for a floor pay bump in Minnesota next year. Increasing the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour would give 357,000 Minnesotans a raise and inject an additional $470 million of purchasing power, according to research commissioned by the Raise the Wage Coalition, a network of organizations calling for an increase. Roughly 77 percent of those workers are 20 or older, according to the research, which Minnesota 2020 spokesman Joe Sheeran
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell was charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct today over an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl. While the victim in the case was older than 16 — the age of consent in Minnesota — Scannell was more than four years older than her, and in a position of authority, which makes the incident a criminal offense. A grand jury returned the indictment on Oct. 22. Scannell, 47, made an appearance today in Cook County and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 12.
In April a forest fire blazed through 7,100 acres south of Park Rapids.
Many people believe in spirits or paranormal activities and one woman has been documenting it for several years at her home on Big Mantrap Lake. Karen Remund believes that spirits exist and that they aren’t anything to be afraid of. “I think God wants us to know that we don’t have to be afraid of death,” she said. And she’s not the only person who believes in spirits. Anytime she brings up a story of having lights turn on and off at all times of the night or hearing something upstairs when she knows no one is there, someone else inevitably has a similar story to tell. “I just th
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – A Breckenridge man is in trouble after police say he stuffed boxes and paperwork from merchandise he was trying to steal down a store toilet. Twenty-three-year old Kurtis Silvernail was charged in Otter Tail County District Court on Oct. 24 with misdemeanor theft and felony drug possession. Silvernail was arrested in the bathroom stall of the Fergus Falls Fleet Farm on Oct. 22.
A nationwide ammunition shortage could challenge north woods hunters this deer season. It began about two years ago, said Hendri Ernst, general manager of Smokey Hills Outdoor Store in Park Rapids. Gun owners began stockpiling ammunition, especially of smaller caliber weapons. Then, due to fears of government crackdowns on firearms, gun sales skyrocketed.