EAST GULL LAKE—Matt Dean won the Minnesota governor straw poll among a gathering of Republicans Saturday, Dec. 2. A "straw poll" in politics refers to a poll taken among the attendees to a particular event. In this case, it was the delegates to the Minnesota Republican Party's State Central Committee, who attended a gathering at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake. More than 300 of them voted on who they preferred for governor.
BRAINERD, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources boosted its call center hours for curious Minnesotans spending time in the outdoors. The agency timed the expansion announcement just before the opening of the firearms deer season Saturday, Nov. 4, when an estimated 500,000 people will load up and head out to hunt down a trophy white-tail deer. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr joined other DNR officials this week to promote the expanded hours.
CROSBY, Minn.—The mayor of a 2,400-person community in the middle of Minnesota is now wrapped up in a tale involving money, guns and romance. Criminal charges filed in Crow Wing County Court Monday, March 13, against James Jesse "Jim" Hunter, 68, weave allegations of a love affair intertwined with an illegal financial scheme, that culminated in confrontation and gunplay. Together with alleged lover and accomplice Candice Ann McCartan, 46, the Crosby mayor reportedly ran a confidence trick against her husband, a criminal complaint stated.