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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Family shocked at attempted murder charge

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MAHNOMEN, Minn.  --  Family and friends of the 19-year old charged with the attempted murder of a Norman County Sheriff's Deputy are shocked at the charge. 

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Steven Henderson's foster father Anders Macy says he couldn't believe the news when he heard it.  He says Henderson is a "tremendous young man" and the events were completely out of character for him.  Henderson, formerly of Fertile, is charged with attempted murder of a peace officer, bringing stolen goods into the state, and two counts of receiving stolen property.  Deputy Nathan Warner, who was wearing a bullet resistant vest, was treated and released after being shot two times.  Henderson's younger brother is in custody in Thief River Falls on an unrelated warrant.  His arrest Tuesday set off the entire incident.  Henderson, whose bail is set at one-and-a-half-million dollars, will be back in court May 7th.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S.Senator Al Franken (DFL-Minneapolis) toured St. Paul Public School's innovative Nutrition Center processing facility Friday.  The site prepares all meals for St. Paul Schools and uses local farm products.  Secretary Vilsack says they are hoping to get more Minnesota schools to incorporate partnerships with local producers and farmers.  He says it keeps money in the local economy as well as providing fresh and more nutritious meals.  He believes creating a local and regional food system will revitalize the rural economy.  At last count in 2012, about 240 districts in Minnesota were taking part in Farm to School programs with more coming on board each year.

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A Faribault woman has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in federal prison for threatening to bomb seven U.S. Post Offices.  Forty-three-year-old Christiania Reineke pleaded guilty in November to one count of mailing threatening communications.  Reineke was also convicted in 2010 for mailing letters to 17 southern Minnesota post offices and threatening to blow them up.

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"It's not on a must-do list, but there's a lot of interest in it." That's how DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook describes possible legislation on medical marijuana.  He says the challenge for supporters of the idea is finding what he calls the "sweet spot" to mitigate some of the opposition from law enforcement.  Bakk says if any bills move out of committee, he expects they will come up for a full vote.  Lawmakers return to St. Paul early next week.

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