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County e-documents soon

Kandiyohi County, Minn., law enforcement and court officials will soon file charges, police reports and other paperwork electronically.

The e-charge pilot project will also allow signatures from law enforcement, prosecutors and judges and notarization of documents to be filed that way.

State officials will be in Willmar, Minn., on Monday to set up the computer software and train officials before the system goes online Thursday.

Currently, the piles of documents are hand-delivered with law enforcement spending considerable time and gas driving from the downtown courthouse to the county Law Enforcement Center on the north end of town.

County Attorney Boyd Beccue also expects savings in paper, printer toner and human errors because officials won't have to re-enter any data.

Eventually the system will be used statewide.

Wounded pup recovering

An 8-week-old puppy has arrived in the Twin Cities after being found with gunshot wounds in eastern South Dakota.

The female golden retriever mix was wearing no identification when police found her on Sisseton-Wahpeton tribal property.

A Good Samaritan in Wheaton, in western Minnesota, rescued the dog and turned her over to Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota, a golden retriever rescue organization in Twin Cities.

The puppy, named Carly, has three small holes in her forehead that appear to have been caused by buckshot or a BB gun, but she is expected to survive.

The dog's face is swollen and one of the bullet fragments may have pierced her nasal cavity.

Dad held in baby's death

Police have arrested a father in connection with the death of his 7-week-old son in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis police said officers arrested the 19-year-old man Saturday.

The Hennepin County medical examiner's office has concluded the baby died July 4 of "blunt force abdominal trauma."

Formal charges were expected in the next few days.

State Fair 'sneak peek'

Can't wait for the 2009 Minnesota State Fair? You can get an early sampling of the fair at the Mall of America next weekend.

The Great Minnesota Get-Together will present its first-ever "sneak peek" at the Bloomington mall Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. in West Market Court.

You can spin a trivia wheel and test your skills on the midway bottle-up game. Prizes include Blue Ribbon Bargain Books and tickets for the Grandstand, rides, games and admission. There will be photo opportunities with State Fair mascots Fairchild and Fairborne, and a coloring station where kids can create art on a stick.

The 2009 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 27 through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

South Asian business list

A business directory for Minnesota's South Asians is being launched in the Twin Cities.

A celebration for the Saffron Pages will be held today in Minneapolis.

The print directory will be complemented by an interactive Web site. The Web site will include additional features, including Bollywood news and music and eventually a matrimony site.

Businessman Shashi Tiwari, 25, is publishing the directory. The native of India has lived in Minnesota for a decade and already owns two businesses. He said the Saffron Pages directory and Web site are his gift back to the community.

On the Net

www.thesaffronpages.com

Jungbauer bid for governor

State Sen. Mike Jungbauer is using the popular Game Fair as the backdrop for the official launch of his campaign for Minnesota governor.

The East Bethel Republican planned to lay out his vision for the state Saturday at the Anoka County event. Game Fair attracts thousands of anglers and hunters each year.

Jungbauer is one of at least nine Republicans seeking the nomination in a race to replace Gov. Tim Pawlenty. That list is expected to grow.

The second-term senator is an evangelical pastor with a conservative reputation. He has been seeking support for his campaign for more than a month but Saturday's event was considered his formal kickoff.

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