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Monson Trucking, based in Duluth, is shutting down operations for good by Aug. 31, putting 200 people out of work. Many of its 100 employees in Duluth were told Wednesday in multiple meetings, said Michael Monson, one of the owners. They include truck drivers, mechanics, office staff and management. "They looked pretty shocked," said Monson, acknowledging it was a tough day for everybody. A Monson truck driver, Michael Globe, was hauling freight to Canada when he heard the news Wednesday from a dispatcher. "It was a surprise, a big surprise.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A federal jury deliberated about five hours Thursday before deciding that Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a Brainerd, Minn., mother of four, should pay more than $1.9 million for willfully downloading and sharing 24 copyrighted songs. The dollar amount is about nine times what jurors in Thomas-Rasset's first trial determined she was liable for. U.S.
A wag of my acquaintance once said that word processors are ruining the art of biography. He explained that it's so easy to type on them (no carriage return, no worries of hyphenation, etc.), that "if Moses had one, there'd be 17 commandments rather than 10." In some ways it's true. Back in the 18th century, Dr. Samuel Johnson wrote wonderfully perceptive and readable biographies of writers like Richard Savage in about 50 modern-day pages. But even before the advent of the word processor the modern taste for detail led to biographers piling more and more detail into their work.
Gerald F. "Jerry" Fuchs, age 79 of Ellsworth, Wis. died on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 at Augustana Care Center. Memorial Mass, officiated by Fr. James Perkl and Fr. Tom Donaldson, Feb. 23, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Hastings, followed by interment in the parish cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings. 651-437-9419. www.caturia-smidtfh.com
A year after her diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), Betz passed away peacefully at age 77 on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, embraced by her loving family. Betz was born in Red Wing, Minn., Jan. 25, 1932. She enjoyed life on Shady Grove farm near Esdaile in Pierce County, Wis., with her parents and her three older brothers. After graduating from Ellsworth High School in 1948, she lived in Red Wing while working as an aide at the University Hospital. Betz married Arthur Weghorn of Hartland Township in 1950. They resided in Montevideo, where Jean and John were born.
Any who has ever dug into a fish dinner at Afton, Minnesota's Catfish Saloon, or licked an ice cream cone from the town's storied ice cream parlor will most certainly want to pick up a copy of "Death Row" ($17.99), by Hal Barnes, available in bookstores and through Lulu.com. And if you've never sampled the culinary delights of the beautiful little town pick one up anyway because it's a crackling good mystery, chockfull of international intrigue and contemporary concerns. Barnes, a Twin Cities business writer, lives in Afton and his infectious enthusiasm for the neighborhood shows.
Hastings police officer Anthony Miller will appear in a Wisconsin courtroom next week to enter a plea on possession of child pornography charges. Miller waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, and a Wisconsin judge ruled there was sufficient probable cause to move the case forward to the arraignment hearing, which will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in St. Croix County court. In addition to the possession of child pornography charge, Miller is facing a second charge of sexual exploitation of a child.
Barbara J. Schwieger, age 84, of Hastings, died Jan. 15, 2009, at the Augustana Health Care Center in Hastings. Barbara was born July 20, 1924, in Red Wing, Minn., to William and Paulina (Mischke) Regelman. She married Benjamin Schwieger Jan.
A fire started by a wood-burning stove in a Denmark Township barn caused an estimated $75,000 in damage Sunday, Jan. 11. The call came into the Hastings Fire Department shortly after 5 p.m. when a passerby called 911 after seeing flames coming from the barn at 13328 Norell Ave. When firefighters responded to the scene, there were flames in the first and second stories of the three-story barn, Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt said. Firefighters worked for almost six hours to get the blaze under control.
Gene F. Almquist, age 78 of Hastings, died at home on Dec. 24, 2008 surrounded by his family. Gene was born in Hastings on Oct. 6, 1930 to David and Marion (Nelson) Almquist. He was a 1948 graduate of Hastings High School. Gene married Carol Place on June 2, 1956 in the English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth, Wis. and when drafted shortly after, was stationed in Germany for a portion of his service in the Army.