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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.
HIBBING, Minn. – Call it a black spruce market. Two Meadowlands residents have been arrested and charged with stealing nearly 2,000 spruce trees off county-managed forestland – small trees and tree tops that they intended to sell in southern Minnesota as miniature Christmas trees. Steven George Morterud, 22, and Tara Lynn Herrick, 23, were arrested Nov. 8 and charged in state district court in Hibbing with theft of timber, a gross misdemeanor that could bring up to $3,000 in fines and up to one year in jail.
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.