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Grand Rapids Garden Club welcomes Monarchs

The program at the May meeting of the Grand Rapids Garden Club is “Welcoming the Monarchs: Restoring and Creating Butterfly Habitat.” Presenters are Carolyn Schroeder, from the Duluth Monarch Buddies, and Cathy Wood, from the Wild Ones-Arrowhead Chapter. This event will take place on Monday, May 6,


Crop Progress Update in North Dakota and Minnesota

Some farmers have headed to the field, while others are still waiting. According to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service producers in North Dakota are planning to start field work April 29th.


Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation provides funding for the purchase of 10 new AEDS

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation awarded the local Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers funding for automated external defibrillators (AEDs). A total of $6,258 from the Peter Burich and Gloria Sella Burich Fund was awarded to purchase 10 AEDs.


2 men plead guilty to dealing heroin in case that left 2 dead on northern Minnesota reservation

Two men have pleaded guilty to heroin distribution on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation in a case that also involves a shooting that killed two armed intruders. Bryan Boardman, 25, of Minneapolis, and Franklin Jackson, 23, of an unknown address, each pleaded guilty in federal court in St. Paul


Local Earth Day celebrations and events

Monday, April 22: The Grand Rapids Area Earth Circle is pleased to bring Big Mama Earth on board to help with Earth Day Activities. She was created and designed by Chris Friedlieb and is being modeled by Vicki Andrews. Her debut appearance will be on Earth Day, April 22, on the Pokegama Avenue Bridg


Kohl's will now accept Amazon returns at all its stores – including Minnesota

It's happened to many of us: You order something from Amazon and when it arrives on your doorstep, it doesn't fit or isn't quite right. Well now you won't have to go through the onerous returns process of re-packaging your order and heading to the post office to mail it off.


Fewer Milk Cows in North Dakota and Minnesota

Milk production in Minnesota during March 2019 totaled more than 850 million pounds according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report.


Common plants, Easter lilies, are deadly to family pets

As we look toward planting season for our yards and gardens, it is important to think about how our plants will affect our beloved pets. We all know certain foods aren’t good for our pets to get into like the chocolate for our dogs, but there is a number of plants that we commonly have around our ho


Flying drones over wildfires is dangerous, illegal, Minnesota DNR says

Flying a drone can be a lot of fun — but it can be downright dangerous during a wildfire, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Most people wouldn’t dream of driving their car in front of a fire engine that’s responding to a fire,” said Casey McCoy, the DNR’s fire prevention s


These Minnesota words feature in 100,000 'most hacked' passwords list

A wide-ranging study of cyber crimes has identified a list of 100,000 most-commonly occurring passwords that have been found in global hacks – and several of them have Minnesota links.


2 injured after shots fired into crowded Minnesota garage

AUSTIN (AP) — Police in Minnesota are investigating who fired at least a dozen shots into a crowded garage where a family was playing dominoes and having a barbecue in Austin.


Settlement allows Minnesota boys to dance competitively

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota boys will be allowed to compete alongside girls on high school dance teams starting the next school year, following the settlement of a lawsuit against the Minnesota State High School League that claimed sexual discrimination.


DNR: Spring burning restrictions in place across Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says burning restrictions are now in place in several counties across the state. The DNR said Tuesday that warm and dry conditions mean wildfire risks are increased, so open burning is now restricted in the following counties: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Dou


Farming accident kills Minnesota man in Stearns County

A central Minnesota man was killed in a farming accident last Friday, according to a release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office. The accident was reported around 3:30 p.m. at the 34000 block of 260th St. in Lake Henry Township, which is located southwest of St. Cloud and north/northeast of Wil


11 places to picnic in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — If you're looking for some easy, budget-friendly spring and summer fun, planning a picnic is a great option. But where should you go?. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources lists dozens of state parks and trails that are perfect for a picnic from the Twin Cities to the Minnesot


Tips for Minnesota drivers on new 'hands-free' cellphone law

Four words no one wants to hear: “We need to talk.” But that’s what the Minnesota Legislature has decreed for drivers who use cellphones. “Hands-free” rules go into effect Aug. 1, and drivers who ignore the law likely will find themselves chatting with a police officer.


Minnesota conservation officer may not have worn life jacket before fatal fall into lake

A state conservation officer who died after being thrown from a boat into an east-central Minnesota lake Friday may not have been wearing a life jacket, according to emergency dispatch audio of the incident.


'Grandchild in jail' scam dupes Minnesota grandparents out of $4,000 in Target gift cards

A pair of central Minnesota grandparents trying to help someone they thought was their granddaughter were duped out of $4,000 by a "grandchild in jail" phone scam. According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, a grandparent in LeSauk Township, near Sartell, received a call on April 4 from someon


BASEBALL: Bemidji splits 1-run games with Grand Rapids

COHASSET -- The Bemidji High School baseball team split a doubleheader against Grand Rapids on Monday evening at Portage Park in Cohasset. The Lumberjacks fell 8-7 in game one before claiming a 4-3 win in the nightcap.


Moose Lake, Deer River receive ‘Safe Route to School’ grants

ST. PAUL, MN — Two towns in our region are getting a helping hand as they try to make it safer for students to get to school. The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Monday a $2.3 million grant for its Safe Routes to School.