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LINDSTROM, Minn.—Violet the Yorkshire pig used to live on a farm in Westport, Mass., in conditions that have been described as "deplorable." More than 1,000 farm animals were crammed into 70 acres. They had no access to food or water. Bodies of deceased animals littered the property. Pens were layered with up to 12 inches of excrement. On Tuesday, June 5, Violet was wallowing in the dirt in her new home — the Farmaste Animal Sanctuary in Lindstrom — and reveling in a massage of her midsection.
ST. PAUL—It's a cool, overcast weekday morning in May, and Greg Seitz is paddling a stretch of the St. Croix River he calls his "milk run." The 6.4-mile stretch between the Osceola and Log House landings is where Seitz heads whenever time allows. "It's where I was really introduced to the St. Croix back when I was in high school," he says, dipping his paddle in the river and steering around a spit of land where two men are fishing. "I love it. It's my go-to stretch. It's the one I've been doing the longest, the one I know best."
ST. PAUL—David and Kathy Radziej were on their way to a family cabin in northern Minnesota three years ago when they got a call from a hospital chaplain saying their youngest son, Mitchell, had been gravely injured in a car accident in North Dakota. The message: "Get to Minot as fast as you can."
WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn.—Kerri Kolstad has loved spending time outdoors since she was a kid growing up in northern Minnesota. Ten years ago, she quit her corporate sales job at Dell Computers and founded Wahoo Adventures, an adventure-travel company whose motto is "Get outside and play." She leads snowshoe trips, teaches kayaking and takes people on guided bicycle tours.
AFTON, Minn. — Mya Anderson scraped the last bite of ice cream from her bowl outside her family's ice cream parlor in Afton on Wednesday afternoon, April 25, and looked up and smiled. She had a winner. After taste-testing three new Selma's recipes to honor Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins, Mya knew which one she wanted her family to pick. "I like the patriotic one," said Mya, referring to a swirl of strawberry, vanilla and blueberry ice cream that her mother, Becky Nickerson, had created.
STILLWATER, Minn. -- Katie Kelzenberg, a senior at Stillwater Area High School, has a Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson pillow, Dwayne Johnson T-shirts and his action figure.
STILLWATER, Minn.—Jesse Estrin has seen it all during his five years as a bartender: Men harassing women, women harassing men, men harassing men, women harassing women. Estrin, who works at The Tilted Tiki in downtown Stillwater, isn't shy about intervening. He will stand in front of the person being targeted, block out the aggressor and establish eye contact with the victim. "It's my signature move," he said. "I say, 'Just let me know if you need anything.' " It turns out Estrin has been doing exactly the right thing.
LITTLE CANADA, Minn. — In a laboratory near Interstate 35E and Minnesota 36, Abbott Laboratories employee Teresa Tollefson peers through a microscope, dips a Q-tip in Isopropyl alcohol and gently swabs a ring the size of a dime. First, she turns the microscope to its 7X setting. If she sees any anomalies in the pyrolytic carbon ring, she'll bump up to 30X "for closer inspection," she said.
HUGO, Minn.—A man found guilty of repeatedly raping and abusing a Hugo woman who has developmental disabilities was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County District Court to 26 years in prison. Judge Greg Galler sentenced Omar Muhammad, 21, of Hugo to twice what the sentencing guidelines recommend for first-degree criminal sexual conduct using force and coercion in connection with the March 2017 sexual assault.
ST. PAUL—When Bryan and Carissa Keister's daughter Evelyn Adele was born six years ago, her Apgar score was high and her newborn screening tests came back normal. Within a few months, however, it was clear that something was wrong. Evie's head wobbled, her knees buckled and she started to cry every time her parents put her on her tummy. When she was six months old, Evie was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, the most common genetic cause of early childhood death in the U.S. By then, the disease had taken hold, Carissa Keister said Monday, March 5.