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RICE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. -- “Daddy?” Gavin Schroeder asked an obviously exhausted Nathan Schroeder in the parking lot of Billy’s Bar. “Yes?” Nathan mustered, holding the oldest of his three young children in his arms. “Congratulations,” Gavin said quietly. Then came a chorus of “awws” among the scores of people surrounding the 2014 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon champion.
The Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday announced it had received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention “to increase coverage rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among adolescents in the state.” The vaccine protects against the strains of HPV that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer in women, as well as several other types of cancers in men and women, the health department said in a news release. Given in a series of three shots, it is recommended for girls beginning at age 11 and more recently has been recommended for boys at the same age.
PERHAM, Minn. - A fire that destroyed an R.D. Offutt Co. potato warehouse last week near Perham caused an estimated $4.5 million in damage, according to Perham Fire Chief Mark...
When teacher Carla Smith assigned a large history project to her seventh-graders, she had a student who never worked on the project in class. Instead he read, telling her he would do the project at home. Around the time the projects were due, she overheard the student tell a classmate that his mom was already done with his project.
Charges are pending against an unknown number of people for illegally taking, transporting and/or possessing too many walleyes on Lake of the Woods, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported this week. In a statement issued by Chris Niskanen, DNR communications director in St. Paul, at the request of the Herald, an investigation by the DNR’s Division of Enforcement documented numerous violations.
FARGO – A Canadian pipeline explosion that created a shortage of natural gas and prompted calls to curb usage over the weekend in the Fargo-Moorhead area has put a focus on the region’s preparations for a widespread outage of a heating source during a cold spell. The pipeline explosion south of Winnipeg led Xcel Energy to ask customers late Saturday night to reduce natural gas use by turning their thermostats to 60 degrees. At 11 a.m. Monday, the utility company told residents they could resume normal use.
DULUTH, Minn. — A Duluth man who admitted to raping an 88-year-old resident of a Hermantown senior living facility where he worked as a nursing assistant was sentenced to more than four years in prison Monday. Andrew Scott Merzwski, 29, received a 53-month sentence from Judge Sally Tarnowski, per the terms of a plea agreement. He also will need to register as a predatory offender for 10 years and has been ordered to pay more than $1,000 in restitution to the victim. Merzwski pleaded guilty Nov. 25 to third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
ASPEN, Colo. – Tucker Hibbert of Pelican Rapids, Minn., became the first X Games winter athlete to win seven straight gold medals after winning the Snowcross snowmobile competition on Sunday...
FARGO – When Payton Jordahl was a freshman at football practice for Perham (Minn.) High School he decided to try long snapping just for fun. It was good enough to get him a permanent spot on varsity and now it’s gotten him his dream. Sunday, the senior verbally committed to the University of Minnesota, where he figures to play long snapper. “It just started with me grabbing a football and snapping it in practice,” Jordahl said. “I can’t stress enough how it’s all the hours in the weight room and film room and every little detail. I’m just sitting here today, thinking, ‘Wow.