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Enbridge announced late Thursday it plans to suspend the Sandpiper Pipeline, citing changes in market conditions and Minnesota regulatory delays that prompted customers to invest in a different pipeline. Enbridge Energy Partners will withdraw applications pending with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and shelve the Sandpiper until North Dakota oil production recovers from the recent slowdown.
Walk-In Access lands open to public hunting Sept. 1 Beginning Thursday, Sept. 1, hunters can access 23,500 acres of private land across 46 counties in western and south-central Minnesota through the Walk-In Access program. "Hunters tell us that finding land to hunt is their biggest challenge," said Scott Roemhildt, Walk-In Access coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "This program allows them to hunt high quality private land without knocking on doors looking for permission."
Few things say fall like a quaint, little town coming together to build an entire weekend-long festival around pumpkins. Lake Park's Pumpkin Fest is become an incredibly popular thing to do every fall, as the corn maise is set up, the classic car parade crawls through town, food vendors are set up and the entire downtown area is one, big, orange festival.
Surplus prairie chicken licenses on sale starting Sept. 12 Minnesota residents who applied in the lottery to hunt prairie chickens and did not get picked to receive a permit can purchase one of four surplus prairie chicken licenses for permit area 813 starting at noon Monday, Sept. 12. The licenses will be issued on a first come, first served basis. If these licenses remain unsold, Minnesota residents can apply for any unsold permits two days later, starting at noon Wednesday, Sept. 14.
A hat trick from Annah Schussman helped lift the Bemidji High School girls soccer team to a 5-0 win over Detroit Lakes on Thursday at the Bemidji Middle School soccer field. The victory moves the Lumberjacks to 3-0 to start the season. BHS head coach Logan Larsen said the Jacks did a better job finishing their shots compared to their previous game with St. Cloud Cathedral, though they did not put up quite as many.
MOORHEAD - The ninth grade football team from Wahpeton had to find another ride home from Moorhead Thursday, Sept. 1, after their bus went up in flames. No one was on the bus at the time. The bus driver says the bus was acting strangely on the way to Moorhead, and he noticed transmission problems. He dropped off the 25 players and told them to take their things. He parked it away from cars in the Horizon Middle School parking lot, and 15 minutes later the bus went up in flames.
ADA, Minn.—One person was injured early Wednesday, Aug. 31, when the car she was driving left the road and crashed in rural Norman County. Cynthia L. Smith, 62, of Fertile, was westbound on Highway 200 several miles east of Ada when her car drifted off the road and down an embankment, causing the car to roll, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Smith suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, the State Patrol said. The crash happened about 8:05 a.m.
NORTHWOOD, N.D.—A sex offender who lived in Northwood will spend a year behind bars for exposing himself and having sexual contact with a dog. Reuben John Pfau, 74, pleaded guilty Dec. 31 in Grand Forks County District Court to indecent exposure, a Class C felony, and a deviate sexual act, a Class A misdemeanor. On Wednesday, Judge Donald Hager sentenced him to five years in prison, but three years were suspended. He also will receive 350 days credit for time served.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Aug. 25, 2016) — Haley Hinrichs, a 19-year-old college student from Goodhue, Minnesota, representing Goodhue County, was crowned the 63 Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, August 24. Hinrichs will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for more than 3,000 Minnesota dairy farm families. She is the daughter of Tim Hinrichs, and attends Iowa State University, where she is pursuing a degree in agriculture education with an emphasis in communications.
With the upcoming 2016-2017 season, the Heartland Symphony Orchestra commemorates 40 years of bringing classical music to the North Central Lakes Region of Minnesota. A fall concert entitled "Celebration" under the direction of new conductor, Dr. Alexander Corbett, will be performed on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Charles D. Martin Auditorium, Little Falls Community School, and on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd, Minn.