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There are few things better than a community that comes together in celebration of the sweet things in life – like pure maple syrup. The tiny town of Vergas is getting ready for a one-day swell of visitors and residents that always seem to come out of the woodwork when the maple syrup is flowing. The 14th annual Maple Syrup Festival is coming up Saturday, April 12, with the action kicking off in true syrup style – a pancake feed. Volunteers from the community ascend upon the Vergas Community Center to serve up a breakfast consisting of pancakes, real maple syrup, sausage, juice and co
A father driving 100 mph down Interstate 694 on Friday night in Fridley smashed into the back of a semi-truck, killing himself and his pregnant wife and leaving their 1-year-old son an orphan, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The child was buckled into a car seat and didn't have any apparent injuries, State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske said Saturday. The boy's mother, Patrice L.
PONEMAH, Minn. - A Ponemah man has been convicted and sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated. James Eugene Dow, 52, was sentenced to 48 months (four years) in prison, with 213 days credit for time already served. He was also fined $210, to be paid for from his prison earnings. An additional count of felony DWI, along with one misdemeanor count of driving after license cancellation, were both dismissed at sentencing. According to court records, Dow was driving south on Highway 59 out of Callaway on Aug.
ST. PAUL - Legislative leaders agreed to raise the Minnesota minimum wage to $9.50 an hour in 2016, with lower wages for small businesses, those undergoing training, teens and some foreign workers. The deal announced today includes a provision that beginning in 2018 all wages would increase each Jan. 1 to match inflation, but the state labor commissioner could suspend an increase if the economy is failing. Full House and Senate votes are expected before lawmakers begin an Easter-Passover break on Friday. Democrats who control the House and Senate praised the deal.
Construction on the roundabout at the intersection of Highway 59 and Willow Street will start next month and should be finished before the WE Fest crowds arrive in early August. The $1.7 million project will start May 12 and will involve periodic closures on Willow Street and Long Lake Road — though Highway 59 will remain open throughout construction work, said Tom Lundberg, district engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Detroit Lakes. The oval-shaped roundabout will be designed to allow oversized truck loads — including trucks hauling wind turbine propellers and ma
Four people were injured in a two-vehicle broadside collision on Highway 10 near New York Mills Saturday morning. According to the State Patrol, the crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 10 and Highway 106 when a southbound 2010 Toyota Camry on Highway 106 pulled in front of an eastbound 2004 Pontiac Vibe on Highway 10. Three people in the Camry, all from Aurora, Colo., suffered what the State Patrol calls non-life-threatening injuries. They are: The driver, Ruth E. Wagner, 44; and passengers Caitlin N. Wagner, 15, and Jacob T.
ST. PAUL -- Much of the money in the Minnesota House's plan to tweak the state's two-year budget would go to greater Minnesota. "We focused on rural Minnesota and greater Minnesota," House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, D-St. Paul, said, because many rural parts of the state have not recovered from the recession as well as the Twin Cities. Debate continued into the night Thursday, but there was little doubt that the House would approve its $322 million budget increase.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. – Pelican Rapids senior Ryan Bruggeman committed to Southwest Minnesota State to play basketball Thursday. Bruggeman’s decision came down to SMSU and Minnesota State Moorhead. Bruggeman averaged...
ST. PAUL — Minnesota women on average are paid 80 percent of wages men receive, and women who own businesses earn just 60 percent of male entrepreneurs. Bills to help close that gender pay gap are nearing votes in the Minnesota House and Senate. The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved the measure on a split voice vote, sending it to the full House. The bill by Rep.