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09/22/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

If you happen to come across a small yellow submarine off Two Harbors in Lake Superior, University of Minnesota Duluth researchers ask that you leave it alone,” writes John Myers in the Duluth News Tribune. “It’s theirs.” The story says scientists at UMD’s Large Lakes Observatory released the first remote electric submarine in the Great Lakes last week “and, so far, it’s working just fine.”

Enrollment has climbed at area community colleges, Tom Klein reports in the Ely/Tower/Cook Timberjay. “Full-time equivalent enrollment increased at all but one of the five campuses in the district, with Vermilion experiencing a slight decline,” the story says, with Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids showing the greatest gain.

Monson Lake State Park has nearly doubled in size with the purchase this summer of 158 acres of land, reports Carolyn Lange in the Worthington Daily Globe. She adds, “What’s unusual is that all but 44 acres of the new acquisition is under water.”

The unemployment rate in most Brainerd lakes area counties continued to fall last month, but the rate in each area county — not seasonally adjusted — remains above the statewide average of 7.6 percent, reports Kathi Nagorski in the Brainerd Dispatch. “In the city,” she writes, “Brainerd continues to have the dubious distinction as having one of the highest unemployment rates in large cities within the state. The rate though did fall in Brainerd for the seventh consecutive month. The August rate was 13.3 percent compared to a January high of 21 percent.”

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