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BRAINERD, Minn.—Fans of Minnesota Public Radio in Brainerd who have grown accustomed to listening to classical music and tuning in for news were met recently with something unusual: silence. Callers to MPR stations KBPN-FM 88.3 News and KBPR-FM 90.7 Classical were greeted Friday with a recorded message about what was simply billed as "an unfortunate circumstance." The Brainerd stations' tower was damaged because of lightning—which was not mentioned in the recording—so the stations are off the air, according to MPR Regional Director Kristi Booth.
CROSSLAKE, Minn.—It's not every day a giant papier-mache loon is seen on the grounds of the Crosslake Community Center, but Wednesday was anything but ordinary for the small town north of Brainerd. Supporters of the Line 3 replacement project proposed by Enbridge to carry oil and local environmentalists converged on the town to hear and be heard at two public hearings. "We're trying to target Gov. Mark Dayton to get him to speak up against Line 3," said Jeanne Fahlstrom of Minneapolis, who, along with some American Indians, set up "Big Sandy" the loon.
BENTONVILL, Ark. —The Dobosenski family took seventh in the pork ribs category in the Sam's Club National Pro BBQ Tour Saturday, Oct. 7, and consider themselves lucky — no bones about it. The Fort Ripley Township couple and their three daughters of "Rub My Rack BBQ" were among 50 finalists competing for a $150,000 purse at the Sam's Club headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.