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PR-B teachers conduct 'work-to-rule' days

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:02pm

Pine River-Backus (PR-B) teacher contract negotiations have been going since the end of August, and though some compromise has been reached, there are still details under discussion.

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Contract negotiations to continue with Pequot teachers

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:02pm

The negotiating teams for Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes and the Pequot Lakes School Board will meet for further contract negotiations Monday, after 288 days without a contract agreement.

Until a new contract is negotiated, teachers are bound by the terms of their previous contract.

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Police search for driver in fatal crash at Florida day care center

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:52pm

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Police searched on Thursday for a driver suspected in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 4-year-old girl and injured 14 people, two of them critically, at a day care center in the Orlando, Florida area.

Robert Corchado, 28, was believed to be the driver of a Dodge Durango involved in the crash Wednesday afternoon, which rear-ended another car as it slowed to turn into the day care entrance, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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Pennsylvania officials seek motive for school stabbing rampage

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:38pm

MURRYSVILLE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Pennsylvania officials sought a motive on Thursday for what may have driven a 16-year-old student to turn on his classmates with two kitchen knives, stabbing startled victims in the stomach and back, leaving nearly two dozen wounded.

Sophomore Alex Hribal was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault using 8-inch steel blades in a stabbing frenzy through the hallways of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville near Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

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Mushroom class set for Saturday

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:25pm

■ National Library Week April 13-19

The Brainerd Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

In celebration of National Library Week, held April 13-19, Baxter Culver’s restaurant and the Brainerd Public Library are teaming up to kick off the “Bee” a Book Lover drawing campaign.

Through this Culver’s restaurant-sponsored event, children are encouraged to read and celebrate their favorite book characters.

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Judge orders Indiana to recognize ailing gay woman's marriage

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:25pm

(Reuters) - Indiana must recognize immediately a terminally ill gay woman's marriage to her partner in Massachusetts, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young entered a temporary restraining order that requires the state to recognize the August 2013 marriage of Amy Sandler and her ailing spouse, Nikole Quasney, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009.

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Burning restrictions take effect April 21 in north central Minnesota

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:50pm

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will place burning restrictions over the north central part of the state beginning April 21 because fire danger is expected to rapidly increase as winds pick up and snow continues to melt.

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U.S. House panel votes to hold ex-IRS officer in contempt

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:09pm

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives panel voted along party lines on Thursday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service officer in contempt of Congress over her role in a 2013 controversy involving IRS targeting of conservative political groups.

Lois Lerner, former head of the IRS tax-exempt division, twice exercised her right not to testify about the affair before the Republican-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at public hearings on Capitol Hill.

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Stephen Colbert will be next host of 'The Late Show'

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:03pm

NEW YORK, April 10 (Reuters) - CBS said on Thursday that Stephen Colbert will become the host of 'The Late Show' when David Letterman retires next year. Colbert, who hosts "The Colbert Report" on the cable channel Comedy Central, signed a five-year agreement with the network, CBS' CEO Les Moonves said in a statement.

The location of the show will be determined at a later date, the network said.

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U.S. House passes Ryan Republican budget with deep spending cuts

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:52am

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans narrowly passed a new balanced budget plan from Representative Paul Ryan on Thursday in a vote that will help shape the debate ahead of November's congressional elections.

The plan authored by Ryan, the influential House Budget Committee chairman, would eliminate deficits within 10 years, due largely to deep cuts to social safety net programs, grants for college students, and research and infrastructure spending. It also seeks to boost defense spending over the next decade without any increase in tax revenues.

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New principal hired for Nisswa Elementary School

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:14am

Brainerd Public Schools announced that Molly Raske, an elementary school principal in Madelia, has been named the new principal of Nisswa Elementary School.

Before serving as principal in Madelia, Raske taught first grade and seventh grade.

“Molly Raske came very highly recommended for her intelligence, her grounding in teaching and learning, and her tremendous work ethic,” said Superintendent Steve Razidlo in a news release. “We are pleased that she will be joining our school district.”

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Warrant issued for Grand Rapids man in child porn case

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:11am

GRAND RAPIDS - A warrant was issued this week for a Grand Rapids man accused of distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Daryl Wayne Phelps, 48, failed to appear Monday in State District Court on seven felony counts of possession of pornographic work involving minors.

Phelps is accused of possessing and distributing several videos depicting sexual acts on juveniles, who are all believed to be younger than 14. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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8th District Republicans to meet in Park Rapids

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:05am

PARK RAPIDS - Republicans from the 8th Congressional District will meet Saturday morning in Park Rapids to endorse Stewart Mills as the candidate to take on U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in this fall’s election.

District chairman Ted Lovdahl of Effie said that along with the Mills endorsement, a number of resolutions will be discussed. Speeches will be made by candidates for governor and other state positions. Minnesota House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt of Isanti County is also scheduled to speak.

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Park Service holds off on new wolf introduction at Isle Royale

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:03am

DULUTH - The National Park Service has opted against conducting an emergency genetic rescue of wolves on Isle Royale, and will instead conduct a long-term environmental review on the park’s diminished wolf population.

Isle Royale Superintendent Phyllis Green announced Wednesday that she won’t allow the introduction of transplanted wolves onto the Lake Superior island at this time – an effort some wolf researches have suggested to revitalize wolf genetics and bolster the population.

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Death in Cloquet ruled accidental

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:01am

CLOQUET - A possible “suspicious death” investigated Tuesday by Cloquet police has been ruled accidental, due to an apparent fall, according to an autopsy by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Cloquet police reported that officers were called to a residence just after noon Tuesday and that a body was discovered inside.

The deceased man was identified as Dan Engebrecht Roen, 61.

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