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DULUTH, Minn.—The vice president of the University of Minnesota Duluth College Republicans has stepped down after racist and nationalist posts on the group's Facebook page. The group's president removed several posts from its Facebook page late Monday night after concerns were raised about their content. Among the posts removed was one from Aug. 11 that, according to WDIO-TV, read in part: "There is a cozy thought to the USA killing millions. I mean we spend all this money on the miltary (sic), why not use it?"
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Fifteen of Douglas County named 122 lakes have temporary no wake zoning on them starting Tuesday, Aug. 15, for 30 days. Watercraft can not create a wake within 300 feet of the shoreline after the Douglas County commissioners enacted the temporary special control because of unseasonably high rainfall.
BISMARCK — Sparb Collins, the executive director of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System, will retire later this year, the system's board of trustees announced Tuesday, Aug. 15. Collins has been the PERS executive director for 28 years, according to a news release from Gov. Doug Burgum's office. The system and its board will recruit a new director over the next few months, and PERS Chief Operating Officer Sharon Schiermeister will act as interim director during a transition period. Collins' last day will be Oct. 31.
MICHIGAN, N.D. — A lottery ticket worth $25,000 per year for life was sold Monday, Aug. 14, at a gas station in Michigan. The winning Lucky for Life ticket matched five white balls to claim the prize. The winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 17 and 39, while the Lucky Ball was 2. The ticket was sold at Hamster Oil, 202 South St. W. The winner, who has not claimed the prize yet, has 180 days to notify the Lottery office with the ticket. The winner has the option of a annuity payment of $25,000 for a minimum of 20 years, or take a lump sum payment of $390,000.
BUHL, Minn. -- A northeast Minnesota man died over the weekend after he attempted to rescue a dog in a mine pit, authorities said. An eyewitness reported seeing Gary Paternoster, 56, go into the Buhl Pit just after 6 p.m. Saturday to retrieve his dog, which was apparently caught on something in the water, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Paternoster reportedly sank in the water before reaching the animal.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem welcomed a federal court ruling Friday, Aug. 11, that his office said may put an end to the 12-year proceedings that have delayed construction of the Northwest Area Water Supply project. A U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled Thursday that the environmental impact statement for the project met requirements for the National Environmental Protection Act. The project will bring water from the Missouri River to Minot and the surrounding counties in northwest North Dakota.
MILLE LACS LAKE, Minn.—Catch-and-release walleye fishing and use of live bait will return to Mille Lacs Lake effective at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, continuing through Sept. 4. "After an extended mid-season closure, we look forward to reopening the lake to catch-and-release walleye fishing," said Don Pereira, fisheries section chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in a news release.
BISMARCK—Gov. Doug Burgum appointed seven people, including two North Dakota mayors, to the State Water Commission Thursday, Aug. 10. Burgum previously opened up applications for the seven appointee slots, with the first-term Republican calling it a "good board governance practice to thoroughly review a pool of leadership candidates at the beginning of a new term." Fifty-three people applied for the commission.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A 27-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Thursday for allegedly attacking a witness at his job who testified in a past drug case against him. Paulo Natividad Portillo has been charged in Kandiyohi County District Court with one felony count of first-degree tampering with a witness – injured in retaliation, for an alleged incident June 21 at the Willmar Cash Wise Foods.
DULUTH -- The St. Marys River between lakes Superior and Huron was partially closed to commercial vessels as of Thursday morning, Aug. 10, after a U.S. cargo ship ran aground less than 3 miles east of the Soo Locks. The 629-foot Calumet departed Essar Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and was transiting downbound in the St. Marys River to its next port of call in Brevort, Mich., when it ran aground 20 minutes before midnight Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release.