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GOODLAND — Heather Maki's three kids went straight for the children's books lining the lowest bookshelves. The children's stack grew on the Bookmobile's checkout counter, with a few DVDs mixed in, and Maki reminded the kids that they could check out only a couple of books each. Despite the limit, Maki's large cloth bag still strained to contain all of their finds after Bookmobile assistant Janet Hougas checked out their items.
DULUTH, Minn.—Two Duluth residents have been charged with kidnapping and attempted murder after a man was allegedly severely beaten, bound and gagged and left for dead alongside a northeast Minnesota road.
CULVER, Minn. — Faced with snowshoeing up a hill, Bob Dunsmore encouraged the kids to use their "four-wheel drive" to keep moving upward. At the top, the 10 South Ridge elementary students followed the Culver resident's tracks as he led them to another hill, where they stopped to rest in the snow before moving along the outskirt of a frozen bog.
DULUTH—More than two dozen people are facing state and federal charges stemming from their alleged involvement in what authorities say was "a large heroin trafficking network" that brought drugs into northern Minnesota.
MARICAO, Puerto Rico—Faced with going into a 1,000-foot-deep ravine to fix a power line near Maricao, Puerto Rico, Minnesota Power linemen turned to two local men for help. The men had been running their well pumps off generators to get water since hurricanes Irma and Maria cut off their power last fall, explained Dean Erdman, the line crew supervisor with Minnesota Power and part of a contingent of employees from the Duluth-based utility who have spent the past month on the island.
DULUTH—Al and Jenny Lopez dated for three months before they decided to tie the knot on Valentine's Day last year. "When you're 80 years old, why wait? You might wait too long and then you're sorry," Jenny said. But whether they really dated before getting married seems to still be up for debate. "Did we date?" Al joked. Jenny responded, "When you came and knocked on the door after supper, that was a date."
DULUTH — Military medics now have a path to more quickly become civilian nurses in Minnesota with a program that takes advantage of their experience. Lake Superior College's new seven-month program provides the education needed for current and veteran military medics to work as civilian licensed practical nurses in Minnesota. The Military Bridge Medic-to-LPN Program is the only program of its kind in the state, said Deb Amys, director of nursing programs at Lake Superior College.
The novels "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" will no longer be required reading in the Duluth school district due to the books' use of a racial slur, a curriculum change supported by the local NAACP chapter. The two books will continue to be available in school libraries and can be optional reading for students, but beginning next school year, they'll be replaced as required reading by other literature that addresses the same topics in ninth- and 11th-grade English classes, said Michael Cary, the district's director of curriculum and instruction.
DULUTH—Thomas Spence was looking for moose to photograph near Tofte on Saturday morning, Feb. 3, when he came upon a Canada lynx standing in the road. Then a second lynx entered the road from the woods. Then another and another and another. Five lynx cuddled in the road in front of Spence for a minute before bounding off and disappearing into the woods of the Superior National Forest. But it was long enough for the Tofte photographer to get a few photos of the group.
DULUTH, Minn. — At 21,000 feet above Minnesota's snow-covered ground, an F-16 fighter jet approached the back of a KC-135 Stratotanker. A Wisconsin Air National Guardsman, suspended on his stomach above a board covered in switches and knobs, watched the F-16 through a window at the back of the Stratotanker while using a joystick to maneuver a boom down to the F-16. Connected to the Stratotanker via the boom, the F-16's refueling began, all at a speed of 315 knots. Within minutes, the F-16 was refueled and disconnected, dipping away and out of sight.