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01/30/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media


St. Louis County is trying to prevent the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa from buying back two parcels of private land for its reservation, writes John Myers of the Duluth News-Tribune.  If acquired, the land would be exempt from local property taxes.

Greaney resident Dennis Peterson had been following the U.S. Senate race for months, only to find out last week that his vote had not been counted, reports Marshall Helmberger of the Timberjay.

According to Sarah Elmquist of the Winona Post, Winona boasts a stable housing market despite national trends.  

Elk River native Paul Christensen crash-landed his plane in a frigid Idaho river, swam to shore, spent a night in the wilderness and emerged virtually unharmed, reports Joni Astrup of the Elk River Star News.  “I was lucky enough to walk away from it,” he said. “I had a cut on my knee, but it didn’t require any kind of medical treatment.”

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Jon Pederson of St. Cloud has invented a wireless Internet network that uses light instead of radio waves, according to a story in the Albert Lea Tribune.