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'Twas the week before Christmas and all though the house, everything was in shambles. Too much to do and not enough time. More shopping to be done, presents to wrap, cookies to bake and decorating too. Oh the hustle and bustle, the extra work and the stress. The crowds, the cash, the toys, the noise. It’s stressing us out. So why do we do it? If your answer is, “for the kids,” you’re certainly not alone. For many people, the holidays are about children and bringing them as much joy as possible.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – The high school marching band here is headed back to Washington in January. The Fergus Falls High School marching band performed in President Barack Obama’s first inauguration parade in 2009, and they’ve been invited to appear in Obama’s second inauguration parade. “We’re pretty excited,” Superintendent Jerry Ness said. The 57th Inaugural Parade will be held on Jan. 21, the day after Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are officially sworn in.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — Law enforcement used a front-end loader to break into New Town home and end a standoff with an armed man this morning. New Town Police Chief Art Walgren said used the piece of heavy equipment shortly before 10 a.m. to “dismantle the house” to the end the standoff that lasted more than 24 hours. “The house is only about half of what it was,” Walgren said.
HANCOCK -- Voters in the Hancock school district have overwhelming approved a $5.4 million bond referendum.
All Red Wing schools are on lockdown today after a Tower View Alternative Learning Center student reported receiving a threatening call that alluded to a potential shooting at the school.
RED WING, Minn. — All Red Wing schools are on lockdown today after a student reported receiving a threatening call that alluded to a shooting at the school. According to the Red Wing Police Department, a senior at Tower View Alternative Learning Center received a call Tuesday night from an unknown person who told her, “Your school is next.” The girl responded with “Hello” and the person repeated the threat, “Your school is next.”
CHICAGO, Ill. — A 23-year-old man was pronounced dead following a bizarre incident early this morning in Chicago. According to Chicago news sources, the man has been identified as Nicholas Wieme, formerly of Pipestone. Wieme currently lived on the north side of Chicago and was an aspiring comedian. According to reports, Wieme was with his girlfriend on the roof of the 42-story InterContinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, trying to take some photographs, when he fell about 22 feet into a smokestack and became wedged between the walls.
ST. PAUL — Democrats will regain the majority in the Minnesota House and Senate and retain the governor’s office in the 2013 legislative session, but they said Monday they don’t plan to overreach. “This is not going to be, as some fear and some hope, a sky’s-the-limit approach,” Gov. Mark Dayton said at a pre-session briefing for Minnesota reporters. He said the focus should be on addressing the state’s projected $1.1 billion budget deficit. Democrat leaders agreed the budget will restrict some of their actions.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislators likely will debate proposals next year to slap tighter supervision on the use of the potent drug methadone, used to treat pain and addictions to illegal drugs such as heroin. However, key backers of the legislation say the Legislature should leave up to medical experts the controversial question of whether methadone ought to be prescribed.
FARGO, N.D. — Wahpeton-based Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative reported Tuesday that payments of $155 million made to its shareholders and growers on Aug. 31 were 14 percent less than the previous year. The decrease in gross revenue for the 2011-12 crop was due to difficult growing conditions and low yields per acre, Dave Roche, Minn-Dak president and CEO, said before the co-op’s annual meeting in Fargo. Sugar prices are also nearly 40 percent less than a year ago, said Doug Etten, chairman of the co-op’s board of directors.