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Apple crop mostly survives untimely frost

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The sudden cold snap that interrupted Minnesota’s warm spring five weeks ago doesn’t appear to have been as big a disaster for the state’s apple crop as initially feared.

The frost bit hard the nights of April 9 and 10 while many trees were blooming unusually early. While that will certainly affect the size of the crop, researchers and growers say it looks like the losses won’t be as bad as they could have been.

Some Minnesota apple growers say they got through frost in good shape, while others say they’re hurting and worried. They’ll find out for sure come August and September when orchards start picking their Zestars, SweeTangos, Honeycrisps, Haralsons and other popular regional varieties.

Kennedy named MSCTC president

ST. PAUL (AP) — The interim president of Minnesota State Community and Technical College has been named to the permanent position.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees appointed Peggy Kennedy president of MSCTC on Wednesday.

Kennedy has been interim president since last July. Her appointment takes effect Thursday.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College has campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. The school had more than 9,200 students last year.

Burning restrictions easing in northern Minn.

ST. PAUL (AP) — As the drought recedes and the landscape greens up, the Department of Natural Resources is lifting burning restrictions in more Minnesota counties.

Effective Wednesday, state burning restrictions will be lifted in Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Roseau and St. Louis counties of northern Minnesota. Next Monday, the DNR plans to lift burning restrictions in Lake and Cook counties of northeastern Minnesota.