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BISMARCK—The former head of the Minnesota Department of Transportation will take on the same role in North Dakota, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, July 7. Thomas Sorel, the Minnesota transportation commissioner from 2008 to 2012, has been appointed director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Burgum announced. He succeeds Grant Levi, who retired in May after almost four decades in the department.
ST. PAUL — innesota Gov. Mark Dayton could not land a motel room for his Saturday, July 9 fishing trip, but he hopes to reel in a bass. And maybe a muskie. "I tried to get a hotel, motel reservation for tomorrow night, and they were booked," Dayton told reporters Thursday. "So, that's a good sign."
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- A Rosemount, Minn., man was arrested on suspicion of his 10th drunken-driving offense Tuesday in western Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Patrol identified the suspect as Lawrence M. LaPole, 47. According to a news release, a trooper stopped a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix for a traffic violation just after 10 p.m. on U.S. 29 in Dunn County.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — Officers believe alcohol was involved in an early Independence Day crash near Pelican Rapids that left a Moorhead man injured. The Minnesota State Patrol responded at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday to a one-vehicle rollover on state Highway 108 near Otter Tail County Road 113, about 2 miles west of Pelican Rapids, according to a State Patrol report. That's where Brandon Jack Arion, 28, was westbound in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado when the pickup went off the road to the left, hit an embankment and rolled into the ditch, the report stated.
A new report finds that, since Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, the world's views of the U.S. have shifted dramatically downward from where they were at the end of Barack Obama's presidency. The chart below shows the percentage of people who say they have a very or somewhat favorable view of the U.S.
Minnesota rock hall of fame musician faces another sex charge WILLMAR, Minn. – A Willmar musician well-known for playing at area senior living and activity facilities is facing a second allegation of criminal sexual conduct. Terrance Raymond Shaw, 72, was part of the 1970s-era rock-and-roll Shaw-Allen-Shaw Band that has been inducted in the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame.
LUTSEN, Minn. — Historic Lutsen Resort on the North Shore of Lake Superior is up for sale for a cool $9.95 million. Lutsen is Minnesota's oldest active resort, founded in 1885, according to the resort's website. The property sleeps 700 guests in 209 rooms with a variety of accommodations and includes two swimming pools, a spa, restaurants and ballroom overlooking Lake Superior. The resort was with the ski hill just a few miles away. The ski hill and neighboring properties are no longer associated with the business operation of the lakeside resort.
The family of Philando Castile, a black motorist who was shot five times during a traffic stop in Minnesota last year by a police officer, reached a $3 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony, according to media reports. The Minnesota city said in a statement acquired by CNN that "the parties moved expeditiously to resolve potential civil claims resulting from this tragedy in order to allow the process of healing to move forward."
ST. PAUL — It's going to cost a few more dollars to enter Minnesota state parks and to register snowmobiles and ATVs in the state as of Saturday, July 1, the the Department of Natural Resources said. The cost of fishing and hunting licenses, including deer licenses, won't increase until 2018.
Those who believe newspapers are becoming a relic of the past should update their thinking. Survey after survey shows today’s local newspapers are still highly regarded and heavily relied upon for providing information residents trust and demand.