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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. – There he stands. At 28 feet tall and constructed of Fiberglas, the Viking statue known as Big Ole has been keeping an eye on Alexandria from his vantage point at North Broadway for nearly 50 years. But he hasn’t been without hardship. Over and over again, he’s been the target of natural disasters and vandals alike. In 1996, 70 mph winds created a sway in his steel-enforced structure.
GRAND FORKS – Kerri Drees loved the music of Christian singer Natalie Grant. She often played Grant’s song “Held” when she was on air at Your QFM in Grand Forks, where she’d been the uniquely high-spirited radio voice we’ve loved since January 2011. Among “Held’s” lyrics: “This is what it means to be held, how it feels when the sacred is torn from your life and you survive.
GRAND FORKS — When Anthony Kuznia appeared in an April 2012 Grand Forks Herald article about autism, he was a happy and curious 9-year-old, busy exploring the lobby of a Grand Forks hotel where he and his family had spent the night as a special treat for the kids. He liked swimming in the hotel’s pool, he said, and had gone to his gymnastics class the night before.
It was shoes found on the bank of the Red River Thursday afternoon, a full day after he went missing, that led to the recovery of Anthony Kuznia’s body just after 4 p.m., said Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman. Using the shoes as a reference point, law enforcement officers in boats on the river found his body in the water, she said.
FARMINGTON, Minn. -- A runaway bull caused injuries to several visitors Wednesday night at the Dakota County Fair just south of the Twin Cities. The bull escaped from his pen, broke through the gates and ran through the fairgrounds. At least seven people were injured in the incident, according to Farmington Fire Marshal John Powers. One woman received significant injuries and had to be airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. Bull rider Nick Stolt, who was in town for the Bulls and Barrels rodeo, was sitting on the chutes when the bull escaped.
PERHAM, Minn. -- True to tradition, hundreds of people flocked to St. Lawrence Catholic Church this past weekend for the annual outdoor Polka Mass. After a religious service filled with good humor and deeper meaning, the special festivities began.
After tying a record low temperature on Wednesday, Intentional Falls broke a record Thursday with a morning low of 37, surpassing the old record of 39, set in 1999. The first week in August has been unusually cold across much of the Northland, with each day below normal in the Falls, thanks especially to colder nights. Duluth has been cooler than normal overnight, too, but normal daytime high temperatures have helped make up the difference. Thursday will be cold and possibly damp in parts of the Northland, the National Weather Service forecast notes.
Updated 2:43pm (08/08/2013) ROSEVILLE, Minn.