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A second summer research tour of the Great Lakes has confirmed what the first one found — a wealth of tiny plastic particles is polluting the water. Mary Balcer, director of the Lake Superior Research Institute at UWS, who has studied more traditional Great Lakes threats such as zebra mussels, said plastics are a new culprit on the list of Great Lakes ecological troubles. “The accumulation of plastic particles is a great threat to our natural ecosystem and to the humans who use Lake Superior for our drinking water supply,” Balcer said Thursday. Lorena Rios-Mendoza, assistant professor
WILLMAR, Minn. – Two Willmar men are accused of ordering 2.87 pounds of synthetic marijuana in more than 300 ready-to-sell packets from an Internet site. Andrew Lee Gomez, 25, and Derek Bergen Ellingson, 23, made their first court appearances Wednesday on felony charges. They were arrested in late July after Ellingson picked up the package at the Willmar Post Office. Ellingson told investigators he picked up the package for Gomez.
HAWLEY, Minn. – A new traffic signal is now operating on Highway 10 here. The signal at Highway 10 and County Road 31/County Road 33 is part of this summer’s intersection modification project. The modified Highway 10 median crossings at Eighth Street and Michael Street will open in early September after striping is completed. When the crossings reopen, motorists will only be allowed to make right turns onto Highway 10 from Eighth Street or Michael Street.
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BEMIDJI, Minn. - The campground where 16-year-old Noah Graham was attacked by a wolf last weekend was again open for business Wednesday. Ann Long-Voelkner, a spokeswoman for the Chippewa National Forest, said the West Winnie Campground at Lake Winibigoshish reopened Wednesday afternoon.
Another wheat harvest had begun in west-central Minnesota, and the extended Jirik family was taking advantage of a hot, dry August afternoon tailor-made for combining. Mike Jirik ran the combine. His son, Cole, controlled the grain cart. Larry Revier, Mike’s father-in-law, drove the semi truck. Albert Jirik, Mike’s father, and Sharon Jirik, Mike’s sister, looked on and gave moral support from the field’s edge. A mid-August swing through west-central Minnesota came across a handful of combines, one of them Mike Jirek’s, roaring through wheat fields.
A coalition of Minnesota labor, religious, nonprofit and public service groups on Tuesday began rallying public support to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour over the next two years. Most employers in the state currently adopt the federal standard of $7.25 an hour for larger companies, though many workers who work for smaller companies can earn $6.15 an hour. The Raise the Wage!
The world’s oldest-known wild bear has died of old age in northern Minnesota at the age of 39½, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The bear was known to DNR researchers as Bear No. 56.
The peach trucks are rolling into town from Georgia, filled with this beautiful summer fruit. We usually enjoy peaches in August from Colorado, but sadly their crops were devastated by poor weather this spring. Fortunately, the Georgia peaches have been just as big, beautiful and delicious. Tony and I love this stone fruit for its beauty, succulence and versatility. Typically, when it comes to peaches we think of desserts and sweet fruit dishes, but they pair well with savory foods, too.