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ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota administrative law judge extended the time the state will receive public comments on a controversial proposal to regulate fall use of some crop fertilizers. Written comments now are due by 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15, about two weeks later than originally planned. Public hearings will wrap up next week in St. Cloud and Park Rapids.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Officials in Beltrami County recovered a massive amount of stolen property July 10 after locating a vehicle in Blackduck, Minn., that had been used in a residential burglary in Koochiching County, according to a press release. Authorities obtained a search warrant for the residence of David A. Pope, 53, of Funkley, Minn., and found a large amount of stolen property that included lawn equipment, power tools, firearms and other household items that had been reported stolen during burglaries in Beltrami, Koochiching and Itasca counties.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- One of the Thief River Falls City Council members involved in last week’s fight with other civic leaders at City Hall has resigned.
GRAND FORKS—A bear that attracted crowds of gawkers after it wandered into a park near the University of North Dakota and climbed up a tree Monday, July 16, was euthanized, Grand Forks police said Tuesday. Police tranquilized the bear about 7 p.m. with help from wildlife specialists and a veterinarian from the Red River Zoo in Fargo before the animal was lowered to the ground. "If it had not become the subject of people's curiosity, it might've survived yesterday," said Red River Zoo veterinarian Dr. Tom Colville, who assisted in sedating the bear.
DULUTH—Enbridge Energy is giving landowners more time to decide if they want the old Line 3 oil pipeline removed from their property after regulators approved a replacement for the aging pipeline last month. The Calgary-based company filed proposals to comply with conditions set on the certificate of need and route permit set by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which approved the approximately 340-mile pipeline that will stretch across northern Minnesota to connect Alberta with Superior, Wis.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A 38-year-old Brainerd man was struck and killed by a BNSF Railway train during the early morning hours Wednesday, July 11, in Brainerd, railroad officials reported. The fatality was reported about 2:35 a.m. A BNSF statement from spokeswoman Amy McBeth said a person was lying on the tracks when the train approached. The person was not at a designated crossing, McBeth said.
IRONTON, Minn. -- A 29-year-old northern Minnesota man remained in critical condition on Friday, July 6, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis after a firework exploded in his face. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at 10:14 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, in Ironton to a medical call involving fireworks. Upon arrival, deputies observed an ambulance transporting Derek Amerud to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby with an apparent injury to his face.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — U.S. border authorities at the International Falls port of entry discovered $600,000 worth of counterfeit dolls in a rail container. Officers seized 60,180 mermaid and fashion dolls in June after an inspection revealed copyright protected markings on them, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The counterfeit merchandise had a suggested retail price of $601,198.
WALKER, Minn. — Cass County commissioners declared a state of emergency Tuesday, July 3, to make the county eligible for a 75 percent state reimbursement for the cost to repair flooded roads. The most significant event occurred June 17, according to Emergency Services Director Chad Emery, but the state is leaving open eligible damages since that date, because heavy rains have continued to damage roads.
HIBBING, Minn. -- A $25,000 reward is being offered in the investigation into a year-old homicide case in Hibbing, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said. Brian Nelson, 60, was killed sometime between July 8-10, 2017, inside his home behind The Bottle Shop liquor store, which he owned. His death happened during the annual Jubilee Community Festival in Hibbing.