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Jim Carlson, owner of the Last Place on Earth, was released from St. Louis County Jail about 4 p.m. Tuesday after posting $450,000 bail. By 6:30, he had reopened the downtown Duluth store that had been closed since it was raided by police Friday afternoon. Carlson and his son, Joseph Gellerman, had been in custody since their arrests by Duluth police after officers conducted a search and said they found illegal synthetic drugs.
PARKER’S PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A train carrying crude oil derailed near Parkers Prairie just after 6 a.m. this morning. The Canadian Pacific Railroad train was traveling southeast through Otter Tail County when it lost its air brakes and went into emergency mode, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. Fourteen cars derailed, some of them completely off the tracks. Several cars ruptured but oil was contained in a relatively small area, according to the sheriff’s office.
ST. PAUL — Gun control backers have given up controversial proposals in an effort to pass some measures aimed at curbing gun violence in Minnesota. The House Public Safety Committee chairman dropped a plan to expand background checks to virtually all gun sales that was set for a vote Tuesday evening. He said there is a new agreement that will include only checks for purchases at gun shows.
The first messages from dead moose to Minnesota researchers have been coming in, and early results show wolves are taking their toll on the state’s beleaguered moose herd despite an easy winter. Minnesota wildlife researchers trapped 111 moose in January and February and placed GPS trackers and transmitters on the big animals. It’s the most elaborate effort yet to find out what’s causing the rapid decline of the state’s moose population.
FARGO – A blizzard warning is still in effect until this evening for much of eastern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota, with snow and blowing snow creating hazardous driving conditions this morning. The National Weather Service predicted strong northwest winds, with gusts up to 45 mph, and snow continuing through the morning hours, gradually ending west to east this afternoon. Total accumulations of 4 to 8 inches were expected across much of the region by this evening. Higher amounts of 6 to 10 inches were likely across portions of northwest Minnesota.
All three highways will remain closed until further notice. In addition, no travel is advised on all highways in west central Minnesota. Motorists should plan accordingly. When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply. For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.
ST. PAUL — Legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota took a key step forward Tuesday but faces many hurdles to approval. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-3 to send the proposal to the full Senate, and the House Civil Law Committee voted 10-7 to put it before the House. “No Minnesotan should be told it is illegal to marry the person they love,” said bill author Representative Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis.
The two Muslim exchange students who were recently asked to leave a program at Northwoods Assembly of God Church will be meeting with the pastor there later this week. The recent developments at Northwoods regarding guest speaker Walid Shoebat and the students has created a debate that is reaching the national scene, with accusations and criticism coming from all sides.
There have been 11 traffic deaths in the last five years during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday; at least two of the deaths involved a drunk driver. The lower percentage of drunk driving deaths may demonstrate more people are planning ahead, according to DPS officials. During this same time period, 1,241 motorists were arrested for DWI during the holiday.
Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed March 17-23 as Minnesota Agriculture Week. The designation is an effort to raise awareness of the positive and important contributions agriculture makes to Minnesota’s economy and its people. Minnesota agriculture generated $18.5 billion in cash receipts and $6.8 billion in exports in 2011, according to the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. More than 10 percent of the jobs in Minnesota are linked to agriculture.