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U.S. delay pushes Canada oil pipeline choke points upstream

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:04pm

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Enbridge Inc is on the brink of breaking through oil pipeline bottlenecks in the U.S. Midwest that have dogged the company for nearly four years, potentially ending a need to ration space at the heart of its network.

But here's the rub: Relieving congestion downstream is simply likely to expose choke points further upstream, traders say, as unexpected delays in securing a U.S. permit to expand a major segment of its 5,363km (3,333 mile) Mainline system leaves Canada's heavy crude bottled up for months more.

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After encounters with stranger, man considers possibility of angels

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:43pm

ALEXANDRIA - Larry Kvitek of Alexandria had an unusual encounter a couple of weeks ago.
It all started when he came across a stranger in the parking lot of The Coffee Pot Café. The man came up to where Kvitek was parked and asked him for a ride to Walmart.

Kvitek was a little wary of the request. He knew there was danger in driving someone he didn't know clear across town. But it was a cold day and the middle-aged man, dressed in a plaid jacket, didn't appear to be a threat, so Kvitek obliged.

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Police say Utah mom gave birth at home before killing infants

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:01pm

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A Utah mother accused of slaying six of her own infant children over the course of a decade secretly gave birth to each of the babies without medical assistance at home and then immediately killed them, police said on Wednesday.

Megan Huntsman, 39, was ordered held in lieu of $6 million bail on Monday on suspicion of murdering six newborn babies whose tiny bodies were found rolled up in shirts, towels and plastic bags and stashed inside separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home.

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Judge declines to order 'Park It Now' notices for GM cars

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:40pm

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches.

Attorneys representing Charles and Grace Silvas, the owners of a recalled 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, had sought an emergency order directing GM to issue "park it now" notices for the 2.6 million vehicles that have been recalled since February over the switches. The notices would have told owners that the cars were too dangerous to remain on the road.

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Man accused of shooting deputy faces four felony counts, including attempted murder

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:56am

ADA – A 19-year-old man faces four felony charges after he was accused in Tuesday’s shooting of a Norman County deputy during a traffic stop east of Perley.

Steven Anthony Henderson of Fertile was charged Thursday in a Norman County Courthouse with first degree attempted murder of a peace officer, bringing stolen goods into the state and two counts of receiving stolen property.

From the court complaint, the truck that the Henderson and his brother William Henderson were driving was stolen.

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Aitkin woman dead after three-vehicle accident

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:52am

BUFFALO - A three-vehicle crash in central Minnesota killed an Aitkin woman Wednesday evening.

Karen Tibbetts, 65, was killed after losing control of her vehicle and sliding into oncoming traffic on Minnesota Highway 55 near Buffalo , the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

Brett Riske, 28, of Maple Grove, and Jon Tank, 43, of Buffalo, were the drivers of the other vehicles involved in the accident.

Riske was uninjured and Tank’s condition was listed as unknown.

Conditions were described as wet at the time of the accident.

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Eyeing racial disparities, schools try to cut suspensions

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:47am

Aiming to change school discipline policies that disproportionately suspend students of color, school districts in Minnesota are trying alternatives to kicking kids out of school.

According the Minnesota Department of Education, nearly 60 percent of suspensions and expulsions last year were of black, Latino, Asian, Native American and other students of color, even though they're only a quarter of the student population.

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Twin Metals finalizes plans for huge underground mine near Ely

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:34am

Ely - For the past several months the debate over mining in Minnesota has focused on PolyMet Mining's proposed copper-nickel mine, which is winding its way through the environmental review process.

But Twin Metals has been quietly completing its plans for a second and much larger project, one that could be a massive underground mine just a few miles south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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Minnesota cities launch system to treat water underground

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:18am

Just northwest of the Twin Cities, in the bedroom communities of St. Michael, Albertville and Hanover, something unusual is happening. A pump is taking water from the jointly run treatment plant and rather than sending it to people's homes and faucets, it's injecting it into the ground at a rate of 300 gallons a minute. The pumping won't stop until 100 million gallons of treated drinking water have been stowed in an aquifer beneath the cities.

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Man faces charges in Marshall County high-speed chase

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:24am

WARREN - A Thief River Falls man led Marshall County deputies on a chase at more than 120 mph in a stolen car Monday, authorities said.

According to a news release from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, Christian B. Potucek, 20, appeared Wednesday in district court in Warren on charges that include fleeing officers, receiving stolen property, driving drunk and driving without a valid license.

Around 2 p.m. Monday, the release said, the sheriff's office received a report of an erratic driver who had hit a car at a Cenex store in Warren and then went north on U.S. Highway 75.

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Body found in Duluth believed to be that of missing elderly woman

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:18am

DULUTH - Duluth police said Wednesday that they believe a body found Tuesday in the city's Lincoln Park neighborhood is that of an elderly woman missing since last summer.

Police said preliminary evidence led them to believe the body is that of Dale Elizabeth Gerard, 74, who went missing July 20. However, they are awaiting final confirmation from the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office, which they expect to receive in two or three days.

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Music student on way from recital arrested on marijuana charges

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:13am

FARGO – A Minnesota State University Moorhead music student was arrested last week after leaving a recital with intent to deal marijuana, authorities said.

According to charges filed Friday in Cass County District Court, West Fargo police Officer Ryan Denis pulled over Clyde David Schuman, 20, of Moorhead, Minn., about 9:30 p.m. April 10 for driving with a burned-out taillight.

Denis smelled marijuana and asked Schuman where he had been, according to the report. Schuman said he was coming from an orchestra recital.

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Man accused of smashing way through senior facility

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:08am

BEMIDJI - A Colorado man is accused of going on a drunken and destructive search for his uncle at a senior living facility in Bemidji -- an uncle who lives in Colorado.

Sean Foster Heideman, 25, of Centennial, Colo., faces a charge of first-degree damage to property in an occupied dwelling.

Police responded after a Windsong Catered Living resident reported a man banging on her patio door around 4:45 a.m. Saturday. Court documents say the glass door was shattered and that once the man was inside the apartment, he found the door leading to the rest of the facility and left.

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Man accused of Tasing, trying to kidnap ex-girlfriend

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:04am

MOORHEAD – A Bismarck man is charged with seven felonies, including attempted kidnapping and burglary, after allegedly breaking into his girlfriend’s Comstock home late one night last week and Tasing her while wearing gloves and wearing a hood over his face.

William Dubois Dean, 52, was charged Tuesday in Clay County District Court with two counts of attempted kidnapping, three counts of burglary, one count of assault and one count of damage to property.

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Students injured when truck, school bus collide

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:49am

RENVILLE – Seven people, including five teens, were injured Wednesday when a truck collided with a school bus on an icy road near Renville in west-central Minnesota.

None of the injuries were life-threatening.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the accident on Minnesota Highway 212 happened at 6 p.m. when a tractor-trailer driven by David R. Littlecreek-Wilbanks, 50, of Granite Falls, broadsided a school bus driven by Dennis M. Isaackson, 56, of Cottonwood.

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Cass land use permit numbers up

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:43pm

BACKUS — John Ringle, environmental services director, reported permit applications this year reflect a normal level, being slower than expected for the rest of the year.

While land use permits for new construction and shoreland alteration permits were up compared with 2013, applications for variances and conditional uses were down.

There were 141 land use permits issued this year, up from 136 last year, but both years were lower than in 2012 when it was a milder winter and early spring. There were 159 land use permits issued the first quarter 2012.

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Cass HHVS annual report released

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:42pm

BACKUS — Cass County Health, Human and Veterans Services (HHVS) converted to electronic records in 2013, moved more employees closer to the public and cross-trained social services and public health employees so they can take applications for either service.

These are some of the highlights HHVS Director Reno Wells cited in presenting his 2013 annual report to the county board Tuesday.

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Region 5 director reports to Cass board

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:41pm

BACKUS — Cheryal Lee Hills, Region 5 Development Commission director, reported on some of the work the region has been doing.

She said the region paid off the balance of a 2006 loan in March this year. The region currently has six full-time staff. The five member counties pay a third of its operations, with the balance coming from grants and other sources.

Region 5 serves Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena Counties and local governments in those counties with assistance in planning, securing grants and coordinating joint projects.

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Think summer: plans for Fourth of July include a few changes this year

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:40pm

While it may seem as though winter won’t end, summer is definitely on the horizon.

Plans for the Fourth of July celebration have a few changes in store this year because of construction at the athletic field off East River Road in Brainerd.

Traditionally the field has been a place where people gather to watch the fireworks, picnic and listen to music.

This year, construction from the football field to the bleachers and pond, is moving the location of some, but not all, of the Fourth of July events.

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Final jurors selected for Smith murder trial

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:39pm

Jury selection was completed Wednesday in the Byron Smith murder trial. Smith was indicted on two counts of first-degree pre-meditated murder in the Nov. 22, 2012, shooting deaths of teens Nick Brady and Haile Kifer. Smith admitted to shooting Brady and Kifer when the pair allegedly attempted to burglarize his home Thanksgiving Day.

Seven men and seven women were selected to serve on the jury including two alternate jurors. The court did not disclose which jurors would serve on the regular jury or which would serve as alternates.

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