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07/28/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

Roberta Olson writes in the Melrose Beacon that an official announcement is expected shortly from the Guinness Book of World Records “verifying that Walter Breuning, who was born right here in Melrose, Minn., is now officially the world’s oldest man, a super-centenarian at age 112 1/2.” Henry Allingham of England, who had been the world’s oldest man, died July 18 at age 113.

President Edna Szymanski said today that Minnesota State University Moorhead will close a $9 million budget gap and balance its books for the next two years without layoffs, reports Mike Nowatzki in the Fargo-Moorhead Inform. “The university’s multi-pronged approach to avoiding layoffs includes offering early retirement incentives, reorganizing classes and other operations and implementing a ‘banded tuition’ model that officials hope will entice students to take more credits and thus boost MSUM’s share of the state budget,” the story says.

“After a decreased deer harvest last fall following several years of liberal limits, allowing hunters to take two to five deer in most areas, Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials have become more conservative in issuing permits for antlerless deer,” reports Brandon Stahl in the Duluth News Tribune.

Otter Tail County courtrooms were less busy in 2008 than in the year prior as the number of major cases fell, Lauren Radomski reports in the Fergus Falls Journal. “The only increase was in probate cases — trust and guardianship cases, for example — and in minor civil proceedings like conciliation court,” she writes.

Once again, the sound of nesting peregrine falcons is echoing through Whitewater State Park, after being absent for 47 years, writes John Weiss in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. He adds, “Besides the falcons in Whitewater, there are pairs nesting in Rochester, Winona and Wabasha as well other spots along the Mississippi River bluffs.”

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