10/07/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

About 40 peace activists carrying candles walked about a mile in Duluth Monday evening – from Park Point to Canal Park – to protest the war in Afghanistan, writes Candace Renalls in the Duluth News Tribune. The candlelight vigil, sponsored by the Northland Anti-War Coalition, marked the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to minimize the impact of a two-year renovation of Lock & Dam No. 3 will have on recreational activities, writes Jon Swedien in the Republican Eagle. The $70 million project will be six miles north of downtown Red Wing. The lock “will only be closed 96 hours a month and will be open 24 hours between closures during the navigation season,” the story says. “There will be no closures on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays or on holidays.”

Soybean harvest across southwest Minnesota has been spotty the past two weeks,” reports Julie Buntjer in the Worthington Daily Globe, “thanks to a crop that is maturing later than usual and an ongoing stretch of rainy weather that has kept farmers out of fields that are ready.”

Two males, a juvenile and an 18-year-old, both students at Princeton High School, have been charged in Mille Lacs County District Court in connection with the placing of five MacGyver type bombs in ditches along Princeton city streets on Sept. 30, writes Joel Stottrup in the Princeton Union Eagle. “The discovery of these bombs (plastic bottles with contents that when mixed explode to release a substance) were discovered shortly after three devices were found in Princeton that were made to look like bombs,” he reports. “Those three bombs, one each at the post office, high school and public utilities commission plant, were later found to have inert (non-explosive) contents.”

Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment that Minnesota voters passed in the November 2008 election, dedicating three-eighths of one percent of new sales tax revenue to outdoor and cultural activities, reports Debra Fitzgerald in the Pipestone County Star. “According to Anthony Hauk, Pheasants Forever public relations specialist, the land purchase is the first that uses money generated from the new sales tax,” she writes, adding that Pheasants Forever will turn the land over to the DNR and it will become a part of the existing, 580-acre Winter Wildlife Management Area.

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