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ST. PAUL – Minnesota senators easily approved a higher education budget bill Wednesday 46-18, but debate made it clear they want to hold the public schools accountable for spending. The bill would give about $1.2 billion each to the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities systems, about $80 million more each than current funding. “We’re covering the gamut of what it takes to provide the workforce of tomorrow,” said Higher Education Chairwoman Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka.
FARGO – The Fargo AirSho scheduled for Aug. 10-11 has been canceled, a decision that comes after the Navy’s Blue Angels flying team canceled the rest of its season because of federal budget cuts. Fargo AirSho officials announced the cancellation this morning. AirSho co-chairman Dick Walstad, Darrol Schroeder and Mike Haugen said in a news release that the decision was reluctantly made after reviewing all aspects of the event. While the ground of the Blue Angels for the rest of the 2013 season was a major factor, other considerations led to the decision, they said.
Authorities in Minnesota are bringing criminal charges against 21 people in the largest case of commercialized poaching of fish in the state in at least 22 years. The charges follow at three-year special investigation into the illegal sale and dumping of thousands of game fish in north-central and northwestern Minnesota. The investigation, known as Operation Squarehook, involved about 60 officers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and tribal authorities from the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.
FARGO – Police are working to determine what happened to a suspect in a Moorhead rape who was found dead Tuesday in his Fargo home. Richard Lee Haaland Jr., 46, was set to stand trial in two weeks on charges that he beat up and sexually assaulted a woman in Moorhead last September.
BOSTON – Fargo native and Boston University senior Catherine Conlin spent most of Monday’s Boston Marathon standing in the middle of Boylston Street, near the finish line. A volunteer for the Boston University Red Cross, Conlin was in charge of fetching belongings for injured runners and returning the items to their owners in the medical tents along the route.
Although raising money for needy families is always meaningful, this year’s annual Ronald McDonald House Ride is going to have a special significance as motorcyclists start roaring from New York Mills on June 8. After this year’s totals are factored in, participants are likely to have raised a total of over one million dollars during the 12 years the ride has been held to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo-Moorhead. “We’re the world’s largest benefit ride for the Ronald McDonald House,” said organizer Scott Anderson. “It helps a lot of families.”
Flocks of giant white birds are catching the eyes of outdoor enthusiasts across Minnesota, as once-rare American White Pelicans migrate north to their nesting grounds across the state. American White Pelicans were driven to near extinction in the early 20th century from human pressures, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). There were no reports of nesting pelicans in Minnesota for 90 years, from 1878 until 1968. Conservation efforts and federal regulations have helped pelican populations make a slow and steady comeback.
The Becker County Attorney’s Office has charged David Lee Stensrud was second degree murder. Becker County Attorney Mike Fritz released a statement Friday afternoon stating the Stensrud, 58, is being charged with the murder of Geraldine Kading after she was found dead April 10 with an arrow to the chest. The complaint alleges that on April 10,BeckerCountydispatch received a report of potential murder and suicide. The female caller stated that Stensrud told her that he had just shot his female friend and was planning on killing himself.
ST. PAUL - Everyone knew taxes would be a prime discussion point this Minnesota legislative session, but it now appears to be less between Democrats and Republicans than among Democrats who control the House, Senate and governor’s office. The GOP-DFL split is well known: raise taxes vs. cut taxes. But Democratic-Farmer-Labor divisions are less predictable. Legislative Democrats appear to agree with Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to increase taxes on the richest 2 percent of Minnesotans. Beyond that, there is less agreement.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Researchers continue to monitor bears fitted with GPS collars in northwest Minnesota as part of a study to learn more about the animals in an area that’s on the fringe of their range. According to Dave Garshelis, bear research biologist for the Department of Natural Resources in Grand Rapids, the study is tracking nine bears, including six with satellite collars that provide researchers with real-time data.