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A preliminary report shows local governments plan to increase property taxes next year. Tuesday’s Minnesota Revenue Department report indicates cities expect to raise taxes 2.1 percent, counties 1.5 percent, townships 2.1 percent, schools 2.6 percent and other taxing districts 2.3 percent.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials are trying to determine whether President Barack Obama’s Thursday health care changes will affect the state. “The Minnesota Department of Commerce is closely working with state and federal officials on the president's announcement and executive order, and how it will affect the state of Minnesota,” Communications Director Anne O'Connor of the state Commerce Department said as Obama announced his plans.
An alleged home invasion near Sandstone early this morning led to the death of one of the intruders, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputies were called to a residence on Fox Road west of Sandstone at 2:38 a.m. on a report of a shooting. A man described by police as “elderly” told deputies that two men entered his home in a robbery attempt. The man said at least one of the men had a gun. He said he was able to find his own gun and shot and killed one of the intruders. The other man fled on foot, and a search ensued with the assistance of Minnesota State Patrol helicopter.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — University of North Dakota graduate Karen Nyberg has returned from her most recent trip into space. A Russian space capsule carrying Nyberg and two other astronauts returned to Earth on Monday from the International Space Station in a flawless landing in Kazakhstan. They brought the Sochi Olympic torch with them, and Nyberg brought home a UND hockey puck, according to the University. As many as six current and former UND women's hockey players will be on various Olympic rosters, and many former UND men's players also are likely to land spots on the U.S.
On Saturday, Nov. 9 at 5:06 p.m., the Todd County Sheriff’s office received a report of a firearm related hunting accident approximately four miles north of Long Prairie. The Long Prairie Ambulance and Long Prairie Fire Department were also called to the scene. The victim was identified as Mike Dreher of Sauk Rapids. Dreher suffered a single gunshot wound to the right chest. He was transported to the Long Prairie Hospital where he received treatment for his injuries. Dreher was later flown to North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota sex offenders who remain locked up after their prison terms end are supposed to have a chance to go free, but Gov.
Minnesota’s deer kill after the first three days of the season was down 8 percent from last year, the Department of Natural Resources reported Wednesday. According to the DNR, hunters shot 77,008 deer during the first three days of the firearms season. Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader, said the slightly smaller harvest during the first three days wasn’t surprising. “Last year, opening weekend weather was almost ideal, and the state’s corn harvest was virtually complete,” she said.
Prosecutors are seeking to try a 16-year-old Willmar boy as an adult for his alleged role in the killing of an elderly woman. Devon Jenkins will stand for an adult certification hearing Dec. 10 in the killing of Lila Warwick, 79. The hearing date was set Tuesday, and it will be before District Judge Michael J. Thompson in Kandiyohi County District Court. Jenkins faces two charges of second-degree murder in the July 29 homicide.
The 65-year-old Fergus Falls man charged with murdering his nephew in Elizabeth more than a year ago is facing new charges. Otter Tail County authorities said Friday that Michael Alan Burris is now charged with making death threats from jail and trying to hire a hit man to kill people he considers enemies, both in Fergus Falls and Arizona, where he was being held. The new charges may be behind the delay in transporting Burris from Arizona to Mi
Perham, MN (WDAY TV) - A new website is sparking conversation and some backlash in Perham. ItTakesAVillagePerham.com encourages the community to post descriptions and even photos of local kids involved in suspicious activities. For the couple who created this website, it's an issue close to home. Their teenage son is currently at a boys' home after four years of using drugs, but some say the website goes too far. Holly Baker of Perham says it was heartbreaking to send her son away. After discovering text messages between the 16-y