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DULUTH – St. Louis County social service officials have started enforcing Minnesota’s new drug-testing program for residents receiving state “welfare” benefits who previously have been convicted of a felony drug crime. The county is following a little-known law passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2012 requiring counties to test convicted drug felons who are receiving benefits under several state programs. It’s the first time the state and counties have actively sought people who have felony records and are receiving assistance.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. -- It is a monumental milestone for the White Earth Reservation, as voters there said “yes” to an entirely new constitution. The mail-in votes were counted Tuesday night, with results showing 79 percent approval. Of the 3,492 ballots counted, 2,780 were in favor and 712 against. It was a voter turnout twice that of a normal tribal election. “I am very gratified that the people of the White Earth nation have spoken,” said White Earth Tribal Chairperson Erma Vizenor.
Deer season is a sad time for the unlucky. But one young deer escaped an icy death on Two Inlets Lake Wednesday, assisted by two good Samaritans and a rush of adrenalin. Two dogs had chased it onto the lake, said Glen Wolters. His neighbor, Don Wheeler, came over to help. “We drove down to the deer,” Wolters recalled. “It was 100 yards out on the ice” and had gone through. “Its head was resting on the ice.” Ice depths toward shore, where the deer started, were two inches.
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SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A pedestrian was struck and killed by a driver Saturday morning on Highway 10 near Sauk Rapids. The Minnesota State Patrol said Robert C. Schmidt, 23, of St. Cloud, was struck by a 1990 Buick Century around 5:30 a.m. at milepost 176. He died at the scene. The driver of the car, Angela J. Lott, 37, of Sauk Rapids, was southbound in the left lane of four-lane divided highway at the time of the accident. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- The University of Jamestown student whose alleged “satanic” threats prompted a campuswide lockdown last week has been charged with terrorizing. Robert Flores, 18, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., appeared Thursday before Judge John Greenwood and heard the charge, a Class C felony punishable by five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Greenwood also set a $10,000 cash or surety bond.
The four principal negotiators on the farm bill appear to have made some progress at one meeting last week and seem likely to be engaged in intensive negotiations during the two weeks before Congress takes a break for Thanksgiving. A new farm bill has passed the House and the Senate in different forms, and a conference committee headed by the Democratic and Republican leaders of the agriculture committees are working to reconcile the differences so that a conference report can be presented to both houses before the end of the year and sent to President Barack Obama for his signature. The
Bruce Barthel of rural Burtrum in Todd County was admitted to St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls Sunday for treatment of a gunshot wound. According to the Todd County Sheriff's office, Barthel was in his yard by his garage when a group of deer hunters shot a deer. Barthel said he heard what appeared to be a slug richochet off of something and then he was struck in the leg. Barthel was treated and released. The wound was not life-threatening.
ST. PAUL -- The Dayton administration plans to construct 10 highway projects around Minnesota to improve commerce transportation. The projects are not part of the state’s 20-year transportation plan, but Democratic Gov.
PARKERS PRAIRIE, Minn. – A bicyclist is dead after riding into traffic Thursday evening near this Otter Tail County town. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a bicyclist was riding west on 145th Street about 4 p.m. when the cyclist entered traffic and broadsided a northbound construction truck on state Highway 29. The bicyclist was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The truck was not damaged in the accident. The victim’s name has not yet been released.