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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Howard Lake, Minn., woman was killed after the motorcycle she was a passenger on crashed while running from police Tuesday night on Highway 89. The Minnesota State Patrol said the crash happened at about 6 p.m. on Highway 89 northwest of Bemidji after the driver of the motorcycle fled the scene after a traffic stop.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court announced it will offer live streaming video of oral arguments beginning next week, when justices will hear a case the state Legislature filed against Gov. Mark Dayton after a veto of funding. In a press release, the Supreme Court said offering live video of arguments is "an effort to increase public access to the work of the state's highest court." The court will continue to post recorded video of oral arguments. Both live and recorded video can be found online by visiting www.mncourts.gov/SupremeCourt .
FARGO -- ABC announced Monday afternoon that "American Idol" wannabes can audition in the Dakotas early next month. The show will hold auditions Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Fargo and Sunday, Sept. 10, in Rapid City, S.D. The two were listed as one of four newly announced open call cities. The ttwo others were Houston and San Antonio, Texas.
MCINTOSH, Minn.—A 65-year-old male from Oklee, Minn., has died after crashing a motorcycle. The driver was traveling west on Highway 2, east of McIntosh, Minn., when he lost control of a Honda Shadow motorcycle and went into the north ditch.
BISMARCK—Appeals judges rejected a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Bismarck lawyer who argued his First Amendment rights were violated because of mandatory dues he had to pay the State Bar Association of North Dakota for political activity he did not support. The lawsuit, filed by the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, argued that attorneys should be allowed to opt in to political spending by the bar association, an option provided by 18 states.
DULUTH, Minn.—The vice president of the University of Minnesota Duluth College Republicans has stepped down after racist and nationalist posts on the group's Facebook page. The group's president removed several posts from its Facebook page late Monday night after concerns were raised about their content. Among the posts removed was one from Aug. 11 that, according to WDIO-TV, read in part: "There is a cozy thought to the USA killing millions. I mean we spend all this money on the miltary (sic), why not use it?"
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Fifteen of Douglas County named 122 lakes have temporary no wake zoning on them starting Tuesday, Aug. 15, for 30 days. Watercraft can not create a wake within 300 feet of the shoreline after the Douglas County commissioners enacted the temporary special control because of unseasonably high rainfall.
ROSEAU, Minn.—It's dry across much of northwest Minnesota, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking people to be cautious with any outdoor projects, such as mowing, that could cause wildfires. Weather stations in Roseau, Karlstad and Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge have not recorded a quarter-inch rain event in the last 30 days, the DNR said. Most of the Warroad area received less than 1 inch of rain in the last month. The DNR and local fire departments responded to seven wildfires in the past week, said Adam Munstenteiger, Warroad Area Forestry supervisor.
BUHL, Minn. -- A northeast Minnesota man died over the weekend after he attempted to rescue a dog in a mine pit, authorities said. An eyewitness reported seeing Gary Paternoster, 56, go into the Buhl Pit just after 6 p.m. Saturday to retrieve his dog, which was apparently caught on something in the water, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Paternoster reportedly sank in the water before reaching the animal.
MILLE LACS LAKE, Minn.—Catch-and-release walleye fishing and use of live bait will return to Mille Lacs Lake effective at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, continuing through Sept. 4. "After an extended mid-season closure, we look forward to reopening the lake to catch-and-release walleye fishing," said Don Pereira, fisheries section chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in a news release.