A gift by the Millicent Thompson Lang family will expand the Frontenac State Park by 2,312 acres, writes John Weiss in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.
A Federal Railroad Administration report says investigators have ruled that human error caused the December freight train collision near Dresbach, Minn., reports Dustin Kass in the Winona Daily News. The collision, he writes, derailed 26 cars, sent a locomotive into the Mississippi River and caused more than $1.5 million in damage.
Duluth Mayor Don Ness will ask the City Council to approve a 5.4 percent increase in the city’s levy, reports Brandon Stahl in the Duluth News Tribune. “More than half of that increase would help build a new police headquarters,” he writes. “The rest would go toward the city’s general operations.”
Circulation at the Austin Public Library has been up versus 2008 in six of the year’s first seven months, Mike Rose reports in the Austin Daily Herald. June and July alone both jumped by more than 10 percent compared to the same months last year, he adds.