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RED WING, Minn. -- Hundreds of extra workers are flooding the area as the refueling outage at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island nuclear plant gets underway. Work at Unit 2 began at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, according to Xcel. During the outage, about 1,500 contractors will help plant staff install two new steam generators, replace a third of the unit’s fuel and perform other maintenance. That influx of personnel -- and potential temporary residents -- is a “great economic engine for our community,” Red Wing Chamber of Commerce President Patty Brown said.
WILLMAR, Minn. - A Willmar man convicted of stealing from the rural church that employed him will serve 90 days in jail immediately and has been ordered to pay back more than $61,000. Paul Alton Hanson, 51, was sentenced Tuesday to 180 days in jail, a $300 fine and 10 years of probation on three felony charges of theft by swindle for stealing more than $60,000 from Tripolis Lutheran Church of rural Kandiyohi while he served as church treasurer. As part of the sentence handed down by District Judge Paul A.
Brad Penas had never hunted elk and had never seen one in the part of northwest Minnesota where he hunts deer. So, when Penas, 45, of Moorhead, received notification this summer that he’d drawn one of the only two elk tags in the Caribou area of northeast Kittson County, he knew a challenge awaited him. “It’s really odd,” said Penas, a Greenbush, Minn., native who heads the investigative division for the Moorhead Police Department. “I’ve spent a lot of time up there.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - A Perham man was sentenced this week in Otter Tail County District Court to jail time following a felony conviction of engaging in electronic communication relating to sexual conduct with a child. A deputy in Kalispell, Mont., conducted an undercover computer chat investigation and posed as a 13-year-old girl while communicating with John Patrick Flatley, 54, according to court records. Flatley admitted to authorities that in the recent past he had begun to use Internet chat rooms as a method of dealing with his urges for children.
While many say the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline has dimmed for the Bakken, North Dakota congressional leaders continue to call for its approval, citing its creation of jobs and promotion of North American energy security. Thursday marked the fifth anniversary of TransCanada’s application to the U.S. State Department for the 1,700-mile pipeline from Alberta to Texas. While the southern half has been approved, the northern section of the pipeline has twice been blocked by the Obama administration.
A Florida man suspected of taking his two daughters, ages 6 and 11, against court orders may be headed to northern Minnesota, authorities say. Edward Peters "took custody of (the girls) against the wishes of their court ordered guardian" last Sunday in Inverness
UPDATED: 09:18am (09/12/2013) HENNING, Minn. – Two people died and four others were injured in a head-on collision Wednesday night west of Henning. According to a report released by the Minnesota State Patrol: The crash happened about 6:40 p.m.
The train is late. Again. It’s 2:30 a.m. on a Friday, and the Amtrak train that hauls passengers east was supposed to be here 15 minutes ago. Seventeen minutes, actually, if you’re a stickler for that sort of thing. Fifteen people, spread among rows of plastic chairs inside Amtrak’s station in downtown Fargo, busy themselves with the kind of chatter that surfaces when strangers spend time together waiting. The heat and its impact on this year’s harvest. Daughters, sons and grandkids.
September is here, and that means backyard grilling will soon come to an end. But it also means some of my favorite foods are in season and at the peak of deliciousness. After a few trips to the farmers’ market and leaving with my bags and arms full, I am back on my annual sweet corn kick. Homegrown corn is so sweet and almost candy-like, I can’t resist. We always had a very large patch of sweet corn on our farm when I was younger and I still remember the enthusiasm at the first sweet corn meal of the season. It was greatly anticipated, and we tried our best to not let any go to
ADA, Minn. – A Dilworth man was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his girlfriend’s baby daughter last fall. In pleading guilty July 29 to a charge of second-degree murder, Raul Perez, 25, admitted he became angry at 22-month-old Ariel Reyes while taking care of her on Aug.