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April 7, 2008

Local impact in out-of-state house fire

The bodies of two Minnesotan women and one Wisconsin man were found after a house fire near the campus of the University of Wisconsin - Stout. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but foul play has been seemingly ruled out. Memorial services are currently being planned.

Another band trip bus crash on I-94

Less than 3 years after a tragic bus crash on Interstate 94 that took five lives, another bus involved in a school band trip was involved in a crash on the same highway, this time killing only one. The bus veered off the road sometime early Saturday morning, but the cause of the crash is not yet known.

March 31, 2008

Architecht of Twin Cities building awarded prize

The designer of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis has been awarded the top architecture honor for 2008.

The Pritzker Prize comes with a medallion and $100 thousand.

Lowry Hill Tunnel Out

The Lowry Hill Tunnel will be closed for cleaning during the late night/early morning hours of Monday and Tuesday. This may wreak havoc on Twins' fans leaving the Metrodome after the sold-out home opener on Monday.

The projected weather forecast might also add to the mayhem.

March 26, 2008

Moose still in trouble

Minnesota has been trying to deal with the declining moose population since early 2007, but it still seems that the moose are in danger. The Minnesota DNR, in cooperation with other groups, has begun more work on tagging and tracking moose population decreases across the state. Some researchers are blaming global warming for the problem.

March 24, 2008

More veto reprecussions

It turns out that State Rep. Kathy Tingelstad won't fight her party any longer. Instead of running without her party's endorsement next election, the representative will bring her 12 year Minnesota House career to and end.

March 10, 2008

Veto over-turners punished by own party

It appears that doing what one thinks is best for their state isn't good enough any more. The three Republican senators who voted to override Governor Pawlenty's transportation bill veto are being denied the backing of their own party in the upcoming election. Two have said that they will run for re-election without the backing of their party.

Man arrested in Craig-style fashion acquitted...

A man arrested in a Minneapolis airport bathroom for lewd behavior, much like the highly publicized arrest of Idaho Senator Larry Craig, was acquitted in a Hennepin County courthouse. The man's arguments mirrored that of Mr. Craig's, saying that the police officer provoked the actions, and that the acquitted was not at fault.

March 3, 2008

Minnesota loses respected journalist

Lontime WCCO news anchor Bill Carlson passed away Friday, losing his bout with cancer. The loss of the highly respected Minnesota journalist brings tributes from the Pioneer Press, the Star Tribune, and a myriad of memories from Carlson's own WCCO.

Budget problems

Just a few days after a historic veto overturn by the state legislature, the state reports that it's expecting a deficit of nearly $1 billion. While opinions about where the money should come from, there are also worries about people loosing their jobs. The governor has already imposed a hiring freeze. Now, it looks like a proposed new state park might not become a reality. Other budget cuts are expected, but when and from where have yet to be determined.

February 14, 2008

That's a big gun...

Reuters ran a story last month about the decline of gun ownership in America. They attribute much of the decline to the overall diminishing of the gun culture in America. Those most interested in guns are getting older, while the younger generations are greatly less interested in firearms. While this report seems promising, a news story today reminds us all that while the number of gun-interested youth are diminishing, they are not totally gone.

The Star Tribune reports that a suburban middle schooler was caught with a hand gun in his school. Luckily, no one was hurt. The school and police officials are not releasing whether the gun was loaded or not, or what the boy's intentions were.

What took me by surprise was the gun the boy brought to school, a .357 Magnum. I figured that if a kid was going to bring a gun to school, it would've been something small and concealable. I don't know anything about guns, so I had to look up what a .357 Magnum looks like. It's huge. The barrel, bullets and chamber are all huge. It's not the biggest, but it is quite large, especially for a 7th-grader.

The size of the gun really has no real point in the story, I just found it strange. And now a know a little bit about guns.

February 11, 2008

Trainspotting

As the Twin Cities Metro area works to expand its public transportation with a new rail line, problems are arising at both ends of the proposed project.

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