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DULUTH -- Despite a City Council vote Monday evening to boost the salary for the mayor’s position from $78,000 to $97,500 — a 25 percent increase — Mayor Don Ness said he will refuse the raise. “It’s been uncomfortable and a bit painful,” Ness said of the past week of discussion around the raise. He chose to remain silent until the discussion was voted on by the council. He expected that whatever it decided would ease his comfort level around the topic. “There wasn’t that sense of relief I was hoping for,” Ness said.
ST. PAUL — Cook County’s information systems director will become the Minnesota Broadband Office executive director. Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday named Danna MacKenzie to that post, charging her with the job of planning stateside broadband Internet efforts.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Casting directors for a hit Norwegian reality series hope to find Minnesotans who are up for a challenge and want an opportunity to appear on TV. Chicago-based...
GLENWOOD, Minn. -- A Pope County grand jury has indicted a Starbuck woman on a first-degree murder charge in the death of a 4-year-old boy. The grand jury issued indictments Nov.
Filed in small plastic containers, sorted by occasion, Cheryll Berg of Grand Forks has about 800 cards made and ready to send. The recipients, as of now, are unknown. And for some, the message is as uncertain as the receiver, with a simple phrase, “For you,” stamped on the front. “You can use it for a birthday, or get well, or anything,” Berg said.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- A Monday morning strike at a Brooklyn Center Walmart store began a week of wage protests. Some Walmart employees walked off the job Monday morning, joined...
DULUTH -- Nearly half of the more than 80,000 miles of streams in Minnesota have been changed by human activity, according to the results of a two-year study released Monday. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Geospatial Information Office compared aerial photos dating back to the 1930s with modern photos to find that 49.6 percent of stream miles in the state have been altered. The agencies also analyzed data from aircraft using laser rangefinders to determine precise topographic outlines.
A former Little League baseball and Duluth Salvation Army youth basketball coach was sentenced today to serve nearly 13 years in prison after he admitted last month to sexually assaulting two preteen boys. Peter Jay Olson, 48, pleaded guilty to two charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct on Oct. 3, as part of a plea deal in which several other less-serious charges were dropped. Judge Heather Sweetland sentenced Olson to 153 months in prison, a minimum guideline sentence.
Geoffrey Biteman pleaded guilty Monday to theft of an airplane in Roseau, Minn., as part of a deal that will see him serve 60 days in jail and 60 days on electronic home monitoring, said Michael Grover, a Roseau County prosecutor. The 18-year-old was charged with unlawfully taking a 1971 Cessna 150 from the Roseau airport and flying it without permission of the owner. He flew it several times into the Thief River Falls airport during the summer and fall and left it at a St. Thomas, N.D., farm where he got injured when he rolled a sugar beet truck in October.
A 32-year-old Staples man died in a one-vehicle rollover Friday night. David Duane Kobliska was driving a 2004 Ford explorer on Todd County Road 66 near the intersection of County Road 7 in Fawn Lake Township shortly before 11:15 p.m. when the vehicle left the roadway, according to the Todd County Sheriff's Office.