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Pierre Collins pleads guilty to murder of his son, Barway

Plus: medical marijuana price hikes explained; Boundary Waters extreme survivalist found; a look at Minnesota’s wineries; and more.

He did it. KARE reports, “The father accused in the death of his 10-year-old son entered a guilty plea Monday to second-degree intentional murder. … As part of his plea, Pierre Collins agreed to a 40-year sentence. … In court Pierre Collins said that Barway had been playing outside after school and was acting out. He admitted to punching the boy and knocking him out. Collins told the court room he got scared, put Barway in his car, duct taped his arms and legs and dumped body in the Mississippi River.”

Unfortunately, there’s just no cheap way to make this stuff. City Pages’ Susan Du explains the recent price hike faced by Minnesota’s medical marijuana patients: “ MinnMed CEO Dr. Kyle Kingsley blames the hikes on a trifecta of problems. Not enough people are enrolled in Minnesota’s medical marijuana program, he says, and the majority of those registered qualify for medical assistance from the state, which gives them a 10-25 percent discount. Plus, MinnMed was the sole provider of expensive cannabis oil for the first three weeks after the program launch – while LeafLine Labs stuck to pills. … The bulk of the cost comes from lab processing, not cultivation.”

They found him. “A small portion of a huge Canadian park north of the BWCA was reopened Monday after a ‘extreme survivalist’ was found by law enforcement who were searching for him for several days since he slipped in from Minnesota,” writes Paul Walsh in the Star Tribune. “While police said they weren’t worried that [Aaron] King would harm someone, they were concerned that he lacked the proper clothing, provisions and also had no canoe with him as he traveled about the park, which is filled with many hundreds of lakes and connecting waterways amid remote surroundings of rugged terrain and towering cliffs.”

Ah Minnesota, land of 10,000 — well, 60 — wineries. For the Pioneer Press, Nancy Ngo checks in on the state of Minnesota’s agèd grape juice biz: “A June 2013 U study shows wine agritourism in Minnesota is a multimillion-dollar industry. In 2011, grape-growing and winery businesses contributed $59 million in economic activity. … In 2002, there were 200 acres of grapes in Minnesota. By 2010, that number totaled 1,500 acres, according to Geary of the Minnesota Grape Growers Association. … While state laws addressing farm wineries have kept pace with the growth — in order to hold a farm winery license, the state requires a person to have an operational farm and a minimum of 10 acres of land, and growers must also grow their own fruit, which can include grapes, apples and rhubarb — some local governments are addressing issues for the first time.”

In other news…

Manufacturing, down overall in 9-state “Mid-America” region, actually up in Minnesota (and South Dakota). [Star Tribune]

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Duluth is aiming toward more community-oriented policing. [Duluth News Tribune]

The New York Times had dinner with Minnesotan and “Blue Zones” theorist Dan Buettner

Solid advice from Bob Collins: “[I]f you don’t like airports, it might be a good idea not to buy a house near one.” [MPR]

“Vikings Promote Family Day At Training Camp With Adrian Peterson” [WCCO]

Oh, just a baby tapir. [KARE]