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ST. PAUL -- Troy Reinke may have killed a record-setting buck last month in southeastern Minnesota. Goodhue County prosecutors on Thursday offered another description of the kill: poaching. The Cannon Falls man was charged with 13 counts, including gross over-limits of wild animals, after allegedly shooting the deer without a license or tags. The charges carry a maximum penalty more than five years in a jail and a $19,000 fine. Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Tyler Quandt said the eight-pointer had a gross score of 190 and five-eighths inches.
WORTHINGTON -- Candy Kellen was fairly young when her brother went off to Vietnam to serve his country in the U.S. military. While she was perhaps too young to understand war, she was old enough to know that her brother was in danger. She and her parents often waited for news from Vietnam on television, only to worry more if an attack involved his particular unit. "I remember one time we had to wait 10 days to hear (from him after the unit) got hit," said Kellen. Today, Kellen wants to make it possible for soldiers to communicate faster and easier with their families.
The motorized La-Z-Boy lounge chair that Proctor police seized after its inebriated owner hit a parked vehicle went up for auction on eBay on Thursday. As of 7:36 a.m. today the chair had 41 bids and reached $1,931. "Be the only one in town with a unique vehicle like this," the Police Department promises in the eBay advertisement below a photo of the notorious chair. "Known as the world famous DWI Motorized La-Z-Boy style Chair, year built unknown. This is a unique vehicle located in Proctor Minnesota. The vehicle has been obtained from a DWI forfeiture. ...
A civilian pilot who died in a plane crash while on a counter-terrorism mission over the mountains of Afghanistan on October 13 has ties to the Douglas County area. Randy Bergquist was working for Lockheed Martin contractors on NATO surveillance when his plane crashed in the Nuristan province, a stronghold of Taliban insurgents. Bergquist, 53, was a charter pilot and flight instructor for Alexandria Aviation in the 1980s. He met his future wife, Pam, while he was working there.
A Proctor man driving a motorized La-Z-Boy lounge chair hit a parked vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Dennis LeRoy Anderson, 62, pleaded guilty Monday in St. Louis County District Court to DWI in connection with the Aug. 31, 2008, incident in Proctor. There were no injuries. According to the criminal complaint, Anderson drove his motorized chair into a vehicle parked near a Proctor bar. Anderson told police he was traveling from the Keyboard Lounge after consuming approximately eight or nine beers.
The charges are far more serious now. Tyler James Hokanson, 23, no permanent address (but residing since July 1 in the Dakota County Jail) is now charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his 17-month-old stepson, Nicholas Arthur Miller, June 23, in Pierce County, Wis.
Lawmakers from both sides of the Minnesota-Wisconsin border will discuss ways to reinstate a decades-old income tax reciprocity agreement severed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Legislators say they hear from constituents concerned about how Pawlenty's decision earlier this month will affect them. The Minnesota governor ended the interstate pact, in place since 1968, that allowed Minnesota and Wisconsin residents working in the other state to pay income taxes only in their home state. Without the deal, those workers will have to file in both states beginning in 2011.
Several years ago, the chair of the University of Minnesota Journalism Department felt me out about whether or not I would like to join its faculty as a writing teacher. I replied that sounded great, thinking about its famous grads, like Harry Reasoner, Eric Severaid, Max Shulman, et al. "Good," said the chair. "It'll be a tough sell, getting you accepted by the department?" How so, I asked. "You don't have any publications," he replied. "I most certainly do.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a convicted rapist for the 2003 kidnapping and killing of a University of North Dakota student in a case that led Minnesota and North Dakota to toughen their sex-offender laws. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., of Crookston, got a fair trial and rejected his bid to overturn his death sentence.
A new angle on the Runestone hits national airwaves this weekend, putting Kensington on the map for history buffs. "The Holy Grail in America" is scheduled to air on The History Channel this Sunday, September 20 at 7 p.m.