ST. PAUL (AP) -- Seven lakes and streams will be closed when the fishing season gets underway May 13, the state Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday.
DNR officials said walleye will be done spawning by then because of the early thaw, but some lake and stream closures are needed to protect walleye that are still in spawning areas.
Lakes affected include:
--Gull River in city of East Gull Lake in Cass County, from Army Corps of Engineers Dam on Gull Lake to 250 feet down stream, through May 26.
--The inlet area of Little Birch Lake in Todd County, through May 26.
Police question possible driver in drive-by shooting
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Police have made no arrests after interviewing a young male about whether he drove the car used in the drive-by shooting death of a 17-year-old boy.
The boy came in on his own Tuesday at about 4 p.m. with no lawyer, according to St. Paul police spokesman Michael Jordan. He said police talked with the boy for about 45 minutes and reserve the option of talking with him again. The boy is not considered a suspect at this time, and was not taken into custody.
Defense rests in Slabaugh trial
OWATONNA (AP) -- Charles Whitney Slabaugh was pressed about possible discrepancies in his story about his wife's death, as his trial began drawing to a close.
Slabaugh is accused of drowning Lynn Slabaugh, 42, and then setting their rural Owatonna home on fire -- twice -- to hide evidence. He has pleaded innocent to first- and second-degree murder charges.
The defense rested Tuesday; closing arguments were expected today.
Wisconsin man gets prison term for killing woman in traffic crash
ROCHESTER, (AP) -- A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to four years in prison for driving drunk and killing a Rochester chemical dependency nurse in a traffic crash.
Olmsted County District Court Judge James Mork sentenced Clint Michael Gifford, 23, of Durand, Wis., to the maximum under state sentencing guidelines.
In March, an Olmsted County jury found Gifford guilty of being negligent in driving his pickup while under the influence of alcohol, resulting in a crash that killed Patricia Margaret DeCook, 46, of Rochester.
Gifford had spent the afternoon of Jan. 17, 1999, in a Stewartville bar, then attempted to drive home to Wisconsin, losing control of his pickup on a curve on Olmsted County Road 1 while driving too fast in a snowstorm. His truck slid into the oncoming lane, killing DeCook and injuring her daughter and a friend of her daughter. Gifford was not hurt.
Six teens accused in cabin break-ins to go through juvenile court
DETROIT LAKES (AP) -- Six teen-agers accused of breaking into lake cabins will go through juvenile court, the prosecutor said Tuesday.
The teen-agers face more than 100 counts of second-degree burglary stemming from a rash of cabin break-ins over the winter.
Assistant Becker County Attorney Mike Fritz said he considered trying to charge them as adults, but he said the youths have no previous record.
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