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Loon Counters Needed In 8 Minnesota Counties

The DNR says its annual count is a critical process to protect the loon population

ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota DNR is looking for a few good loon counters. Volunteers would be required to dedicate a morning between June 28 and July 8 to count loons on at least one of 150 lakes. Counties include: Aitkin, Becker, Crow Wing, Cook, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Lake and Otter Tail. The DNR says its annual count is a critical…

Agreements Approved On Proposed $600 Million Data Center Near Twin Cities

The center could create 50 jobs will annual wages totaling $4 million

BECKER, MN — Agreements between Google and Xcel Energy to provide electricity for a $600 million data center in Becker, Minnesota have been approved. Google is weighing plans to build the center on land next to Xcel’s Sherco power plant. Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Tuesday the project would help her community transition away from a…

Governor Dayton Issues Emergency Order For Counties Dealing With Severe Weather

Leaders Will Tour Storm Damage On Friday

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Friday, Governor Mark Dayton. U.S. Senator Tina Smith, and U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson will visit communities in southwestern Minnesota to assess damage caused by recent severe weather. Visits will include the City of Slayton, the City of Walnut Grove, the City of Balaton, and surrounding communities. Governor Dayton has signed Emergency Executive Order 18-11, proclaiming…

Emu That Went Viral For Avoiding Capture In Minnesota Dies

Died During Attempt To Recapture Him

BECKER, Minn. — The story of an escaped emu that captivated a Minnesota town ends in tragedy. A photo from the “Dork The Emu” Facebook page shows a group cornering the bird Saturday afternoon. Dork escaped from his owner, Tom Berry, in Becker Minnesota. He had been seen throughout the area, eluding attempts to capture him, but Berry’s daughter, Kim…

Hundreds Rally Against Potential Refugee Restrictions

The Fargo Civic Center was packed people opposed to a house bill

Hundreds spent the afternoon rallying in protest of a proposed house bill which has the potential to ban refugees in North Dakota communities. Lawmakers say the bill is not set up to be against refugees, but rather to let communities decide how many they are capable of hosting. They’re calling it Operation Wake-Up Call. After two days of planning, hundreds…

Lawmakers Seek to Lighten Marijuana Penalties in North Dakota

Marijuana is lawmaker's minds during the legislative session in North Dakota

A bill to decriminalize marijuana is under discussion in the North Dakota legislature. Republican State Representative Rick Becker of Bismarck introduced the bill to help cut state spending. Bill 1340 is not set up to fully legalize marijuana. Instead, this would make penalties for possessing and selling the drug less harsh. Using or selling marijuana would get you a $1,000 with no…