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10/22: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

Drought conditions during July and August have led to a poor soybean and corn harvest in the Annandale area, reports Chuck Sterling of the Annandale Advocate. Many of the soybean crops have produced less than half the number of bushels predicted for the season.

According to the Duluth News Tribune (registration required), three 13-year-old boys cited YouTube as the inspiration for making and detonating several homemade bombs in Duluth. One of the bombs exploded under a trailer at a private residence.

Tom Hintgen of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal writes that a “structurally deficient” bridge was removed on the west side of Rush Lake.  A bridge that runs parallel to it is in good condition and will remain.

Law enforcement in Fairbault seized twelve pounds of marijuana last month while it was being sent from Texas to Winnebago, writes Tony Acosta of the Fairbault County Register.  The drugs were estimated to be worth over $22,000.

Despite his friends’ desertion, Brad McMahon of Akeley goes ahead with a wilderness moose hunt of a lifetime, writes Bob Guelker in the Northwoods Press.

Al Franken visited three American Indian reservations on Sunday to discuss their “unique challenges that need representation in Congress,” reports Brad Swenson of the Bemidji Pioneer (reg. req.).  Discussing the treaties between the U.S. and the tribal communities, Franken said jokingly, “I guess, if we don’t keep our end of the bargain, the only thing to do is give you all your land back.”

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