BATTLE LAKE (AP) -- Otter Tail County deputies and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officers were searching West Battle Lake for a missing boater Monday.
The 46-year-old Elbow Lake man was taking the boat to a public access ramp but never arrived, Chief Deputy Mark Morris said. His empty boat was found about 5 p.m. Sunday.
Authorities don't know what happened, but Morris said high winds at the time were producing whitecaps on the lake.
The search was suspended Sunday night because of darkness and resumed Monday morning.
Father, son apparently drown in Clearwater Lake
ANNANDALE (AP) -- Two men apparently drowned while on a father-son fishing trip at Clearwater Lake, authorities said.
One body has been recovered, but crews were still searching Sunday for the son.
Authorities were called after a fisherman noticed an empty boat Friday afternoon on the lake. The father's body was recovered nearby.
The two men, who were not from the area, were staying at a nearby resort with other family members, authorities said. The victims' identities were not immediately released.
The sheriff's departments from Wright and Stearns counties were both investigating. The search for the son's body was to continue Monday.
International Falls ties record heat
INTERNATIONAL FALLS (AP) -- It hadn't been that hot in International Falls for 55 years.
The far northern Minnesota city tied a 1947 record Sunday for the day -- Sept. 8 -- after reaching 88 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
It wasn't just hot in International Falls.
Olivia and Benson both reached 97 degrees Sunday, while Hallock topped out at 76 degrees. Minneapolis reached 91.
The show goes on despite power failure at the Guthrie
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Guthrie Theater obeyed the old rule that "the show must go on" after it suffered a power failure this weekend.
Theaters officials brought in two trailer-sized generators for Sunday night's final performance of Arthur Miller's new play, "Resurrection Blues," when it became clear they couldn't count on getting power back in time for the sold-out show, Guthrie spokeswoman Melodie Bahan said.
"They are huge and noisy, but they make the building run, and that's all we care about," she said.
The power was still off at the Guthrie, which seats 1,300 people, when the curtain went up a bit late, around 7:30 p.m.
Xcel Energy spokeswoman Mary Sandok said about 2,500 customers in the neighborhood lost power Saturday night when a fire started in a manhole near the theater. The cause was not immediately determined.
Cathedral of St. Paul invites signatures
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Cathedral of St. Paul invites the public to become a piece of its history by signing a scroll that will eventually reside in the cross on top of the dome of the St. Paul landmark.
"This cathedral is a part of the community, its not just for parishioners," said the Rev. John Estrem, pastor of the 3,000-member Roman Catholic church.
A crane will place the new cross on the dome of the renovated cathedral next month. The $35-million project replaced 100,000 square feet of the church's original copper roof.
Estrem said there is often a cornerstone to commemorate a major construction project, but the cathedral already has one.
"We talked about this and realized the new cross would be hollow. What to put in it, sort of like a time capsule? A newspaper of the day or some other archival material?"
But daily events are already well archived and the real focus of the cathedral is people, so "we should put in a record of the people ... and that's what we are doing."
One year later, Minnesotans still don't know about Islam
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A new poll shows that as the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches, Minnesotans have an unsettled attitude toward Islam and its adherents.
One-third of Minnesotans say they have a basic understanding of Islam, according to a Star Tribune Minnesota Poll published Monday, and 43 percent say they have a favorable opinion of the religion.
The poll also indicated Minnesotans strongly believe that the cultural and religious acceptance of others that has created the nation's melting pot also applies to Muslims.
More than three-fourths said followers of any religion, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, "can fit just as well into American society as anyone else can."
For Bern Millimaki, a retired Mound school teacher, it's a simple matter of live and let live.
"The guy across the street -- I have no idea what his religion is," he said. "They could be anything, and I wouldn't know the difference, and I don't care."
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