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COTTONWOOD, Minn.—Officials say a man has admitted to firing shots at a pipeline that ruptured in southwestern Minnesota Wednesday spilling thousands of gallons of diesel fuel into a drainage ditch. Lyon County Attorney Rick Maes said the 20-year-old, who has not been publicly identified, told investigators he was shooting a gun in the area near Cottonwood and after one of his shots ricocheted off some water, he repeatedly fired in the direction of the pipeline.
President Trump is coming to Minnesota today. The president plans to visit a truck and equipment company in Burnsville for a roundtable discussion on the tax cuts and the economy at 1:20 p.m. Tune in here for live video from that discussion.
Isabella Agustin left Guatemala when she was 17 because her parents couldn’t afford to pay for her studies. She found her way to Worthington after her husband’s brother talked up the region. “He told him that here you can have more opportunity to have a house or to get a job,” Agustin said. “That’s why we decided to come here.” Agustin’s husband works on a hog farm and she works part-time at a hotel. They dream of one day buying their own farm. She said Worthington residents have always been welcoming.
Some Twin Cities Somalis are “in denial” about the threat of terror recruitment and should work with law enforcement to fight the ongoing radicalization of their youth, U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Andy Luger said Tuesday. In his first interview since three Minneapolis men were convicted two weeks ago of trying to join ISIS extremists in Syria, Luger offered his strongest argument yet toward those who’ve criticized the FBI’s investigation and the U.S. attorney’s office prosecution.
BLOOMINGTON — In a state where the vast majority of teachers are white and a growing number of kids are not, schools are trying to figure out the best way...
WORTHINGTON — Warning bells have been sounding for the past year: Growing grain right now is a money-losing business. The per-bushel price being offered for corn is at least $1 below what farmers need to make a profit. This is when the federal subsidy safety net is supposed to kick in and catch stressed farms before they start a financial free fall. But for some Minnesota farmers, that safety net has some big holes in it, and that’s going to result in sharp differences in federal payments to corn farmers for their 2015 crop.
Saying he is doing his “due diligence,” Gov. Mark Dayton is visiting mine sites in two neighboring states this week to see firsthand both the good and the bad that could come from a proposed copper mine in northeast Minnesota. One is a contaminated Superfund site that illustrates the risk of what opponents say could happen long after PolyMet has left Minnesota. The other shows the tantalizing shorter-term economic reward supporters say a new mine promises. Dayton is seeing the negative possibilities first.
Litchfield — Minnesota poultry farms are concerned the arrival of the fall waterfowl migration could bring with it the return of avian flu. The disease clobbered the state’s turkey and...
Students at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges could see an even better tuition deal than the one they’ve received over the past two years. Under a proposed $1.93 billion budget...
By Peter Cox Minnesota Public Radio Melrose — The spread of avian flu in central Minnesota seems to have slowed a bit. But producers and poultry workers in Stearns County say their livelihoods will take a while to recover from the virus that has killed over 8.4 million birds on 104 Minnesota farms. Pete Rothfork owns the feed mill in Melrose as well as several turkey farms. “We have avian influenza on half of our farms,” he said. “We have eight farms in Stearns County and four of them are affected.” The Rothforks have lost 195,000 turkeys — 135,000 of which were killed for eradication.