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WASHINGTON — House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said last week he thinks a dairy program that he can accept is being worked out and that it will pave the way for House leadership to bring the farm bill to the floor the week of Jan. 27 and be finished before the House goes out of session Jan. 29, when the Republican members go on their retreat. Peterson told reporters off the House floor he has not seen the dairy language, but he has gotten “verbal communication” to describe it to him. “It’s not the worst thing in the world,” he said.
WINONA, Minn. -- Searchers on the Mississippi River have recovered the fourth body from an early January accident. The body of Andrew Kingsbury, 29 of La Crosse, Wis., was taken from the Mississippi Sunday about 700 feet downstream from where the vehicle containing the four went into the river early Jan. 5. Bodies of Christina Lee Hauser, 36, of Winona and Matthew Patrick Erickson, 29, of Chatfield still were in the front seats of the women's vehicle hours after it went into the river.
CLOQUET, Minn. – Legalizing marijuana for medical purposes has nothing to do with a liberal agenda, says Kevin “KK” Forss. “I’m a born-again Christian. I’m a veteran. I’m a Republican,” said the Cloquet man. “It isn’t liberal; it’s about people who are suffering.” Forss, now 47, never imagined himself as an advocate for legalized marijuana.
MOORHEAD – A lawyers for a Salt Lake City trucker accused of holding a woman prisoner in his semi for six months before being arrested at a weigh station in Moorhead wants evidence in the case thrown out. Steve Beitelspacher, of the Clay County public defender’s office, said at a hearing Thursday in Clay County District Court that he plans to file a motion to suppress evidence on behalf of Timothy Vafeades, 53. Beitelspacher told Clay County Judge Galen Vaa that he will challenge the legality of the stop on Vafeades’s truck that law enforcement officers made, on the grounds they did not
CARLTON, Minn. - An 18-year-old Esko man has been arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats for allegedly calling in a bomb threat to the Esko School on Tuesday. Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said Thursday that the man was in the Carlton County jail awaiting formal charges. The school was evacuated and searched Tuesday afternoon, but no bomb was found, and school resumed Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter @DLNewspapers
GRAND FORKS - An airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base was sentenced Monday at his court martial to 34 years in prison for raping a woman on base this past summer, the base said Thursday. Senior Airman Jory Hodge, 23, broke into the home of an airman who was deployed and forced himself upon the deployed airman's wife early on the morning of Aug.
LITCHFIELD, Minn. – A 25-year old Cosmos man was injured Wednesday when the vehicle he was driving collided with a snowplow. Blowing snow and poor visibility is being blamed for the accident, which happened around 4:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency chief Wednesday to change her mind and retain current requirements of renewable fuel content. The EPA under Administrator Gina McCarthy has proposed significant reductions in the amount of renewable fuels, such as ethanol, that are used in the country.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters Wednesday that he wants to make a decision soon about who will replace Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon as his running mate. But he gave no hint as to who he might be considering to replace the former state senator from Duluth. Dayton said gender and geography are important considerations. Lieutenant governors have been male for years, and most of Dayton's key advisers are women, but he would not indicate whether he leans toward picking another woman as the No.
WOODBURY, Minn. -- Woodbury police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old Woodbury girl. Woodbury Public Safety spokeswoman Michelle Okada said the girl was found unresponsive at a home Saturday morning and was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where she was pronounced dead. Multiple sources confirmed the girl was Tara E. Fitzgerald, a Woodbury High School student. Three males – two juveniles and an adult – were arrested on suspicion of murder but were subsequently released.