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ST. PAUL—Three candidates are running for the position of attorney general of Minnesota, a race that is anticipated to be one of the most hotly contested in the state this election cycle. Incumbent Lori Swanson, who made an unsuccessful bid for governor in August, is not seeking re-election. Swanson, a Democrat, served as attorney general since 2007. The candidates include Democrat Keith Ellison, Republican Doug Wardlow, and Grassroots Party candidate Noah Johnson. The person elected will serve a four-year term and will be given an annual salary of $121,250.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — Curtis LeMair, the Northern State University wrestler who was found dead in his dorm room Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, likely died from an undetected genetic heart condition, according to initial autopsy results reported by Aberdeen American News Friday. Emergency responders were called to LeMair’s dorm around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, where a coroner pronounced him dead at the scene. Prior to attending Northern State University, LeMair, 18, grew up in Shakopee, Minn., and was a standout wrestler at Prior Lake High School. LeMair was a 3-time Minnesota Christmas Tournament place winner and a 2-time Fargo All-American in Greco-Roman wrestling. Before his death, LeMair was a freshman on the NSU wrestling team.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Minnesota state lawmaker is making national headlines after a video clip showing him ripping a microphone away from his challenger and then lobbing it back towards her during an event here Monday, Oct. 8, spread online. The incident occurred during a legislative forum at the Rochester Public Library sponsored by the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The forum was an open debate between incumbent GOP state Rep. Duane Quam (R-25A) and DFL challenger Jamie Mahlberg.
Cell phone users who receive an emergency alert on their phones this afternoon, Wednesday, Oct. 3: don't be alarmed. It's only a test.
WASHINGTON — If you shop at ALDI stores in Minnesota, be aware when buying ground beef. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, the United States Department of Agriculture issued a recall of approximately 132,606 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E-coli, according to a department release. The ground beef was distributed by Cargill Meat Solutions, a Fort Morgan, Colo., establishment.
People living in the Upper Midwest, including Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, can expect teeth-chattering cold and plentiful snow amounts this upcoming winter, according to predictions made in the Farmers’ Almanac Winter 2019 outlook. The annual Farmers’ Almanac weather outlook, which was released Monday, Aug. 28, contradicts a similar winter weather forecast predicted by the Climate Prediction Center.
MINNEAPOLIS — Lindsay Whalen, the all-time winningest player in WNBA history, will be announcing her retirement from the league Monday, Aug. 13, sources tell the Minneapolis Star Tribune. At 1:30 p.m., a news conference will be held at Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis, according to the Star Tribune. The press conference will be simulcast on Fox Sports North and on NBA TV. Earlier this year, Whalen, a former star at Hutchinson (Minn.) High School, was named the new head coach of the University of Minnesota Gophers women's basketball team.
Five back-to-school items have tested positive for toxic chemicals – including asbestos – according to a release from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Those items include Playskool crayons (36 count), Brace Brands children’s Reduce Hydro Pro Furry Friends water bottle, GSI Outdoors Kids’ insulated water bottles, Jot brand blue 3-ring binder and The Board Dudes brand markers.
WEST GLACIER, Mont. — A 55-year-old Oregon man, caught on video taunting a bison inside Yellowstone National Park, faces charges following a string of similar incidents in other national parks during that same week, the National Parks Service said in a Aug. 3, news release. Raymond Reinke, of Pendleton, Ore., was apprehended Thursday, Aug. 2, by Glacier National Park rangers and transferred to the Yellowstone Jail in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. following separate but similar incidents in Grand Teton National Park and Glacier National Park.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Shocking video showing a man taunting a bison in Yellowstone National Park is leaving many who watch asking the question: Why? The video, taken by Lindsey Jones, shows a man walking towards the bison while traffic is stopped on a busy road inside the park.