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ST. PAUL - Minnesota’s January revenue was $83 million more than expected. That is a 4.4 percent increase and good news for lawmakers who want to spend money when they come back to St. Paul for the 2014 legislative session Feb.
ST. PAUL - Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura supports Tuesday’s online protest to end mass surveillance. “Benjamin Franklin once said those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety,” Ventura said.
Grand Forks Police Department personnel know from personal experience that phone scams continue to be a problem. “We haven’t received an uptick of reports from citizens lately, but our work cell phones here are getting a workout,” said Lt. Jim Remer, department spokesman. “We’re getting a lot of calls with caller IDs from Barbados and Antigua. We’re just ignoring them or blocking them.
FARGO - Minnesotans can now apply for enhanced driver’s licenses that will double as passports when crossing U.S. borders. The roughly $10 extra charge for the license gives drivers proof of citizenship and fewer hassles when crossing into Canada or Mexico. It also helps Border Patrol agents be more efficient.
DULUTH – A frigid winter is pushing Lake Superior toward a complete ice-over for the first time since 1996, although there’s still a ways to go before you can skate from Duluth to the Soo Locks. Lake Superior had at least some ice across an estimated 91 percent of its surface as of Thursday, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Virginia, Minn., man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to kidnapping his estranged wife. Timothy Caskey, 42, admitted to kidnapping Roberta Caskey in July 2011 and driving her across state lines against her will. Roberta Caskey was walking with her son and a friend on July 14, 2011, in Virginia when her estranged husband kidnapped her. “In addition, Caskey pleaded guilty to robbing the Great Southern Bank in Ottawa, Kansas, on July 15, 2011,” according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota. Roberta Caskey was found Aug.
DILWORTH – The City Council here fired the longtime fire chief who has been charged with making threats against the council and city staff. Kennedy, 49, was charged in Clay...
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Bemidji man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman after a Super Bowl party. Police responded Monday to the Sanford emergency room after a woman reported that she had been assaulted Sunday. David Earl Neumann, 23, was arrested Monday on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct against a mentally impaired or helpless victim.
CHISHOLM, Minn. -- A man was found dead on a snowbank in Chisholm early Wednesday morning. The Chisholm Police Department said it doesn’t expect foul play in the death. Police received a call at 7:20 a.m. about a body in a driveway on the 300 block of Sixth Avenue Southwest. “It appeared the man had fallen,” the department said in a statement. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. The man’s name is not being released pending notification of relatives.
RED WING, Minn.