Around MN: Body of Duluth ‘Deeps’ drowning victim found in lake

The body of a boy who was swept away by rushing water in Amity Creek on Tuesday has been recovered in Lake Superior reports the Duluth News Tribune. The boy, 13, from Duluth, has been identified as Jefferson Bowen Jr.

More than 100 people participated in the five-day search for the missing boy, said Capt. Tom Crossmon of the St. Louis County Search and Rescue Squad. …

Although the recovery effort proved lengthy, Crossmon said, “I would not have changed our search tactics one bit” (Duluth News Tribune).

Also on MN Today

Minnesota man believed to be among the 30 troops killed in Afghanistan

A Minnesota man is among the 30 troops killed during Saturday’s deadly helicopter attack in Afghanistan, reports KARE11.

The nuisance next door: Invading zebra mussels make their way from Minnesota to Red River’s banks

Imagine the land of 10,000 lakes with nothing more than 10,000 defunct lakes – fishless, weed ridden and shores littered with hazardous sharp shells.All of this could happen if the expanding zebra mussel problem isn’t contained (Fargo Forum).

Pawlenty says a win in Iowa isn’t important

Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Pawlenty says his campaign must show some progress but doesn’t have to beat all rivals in the straw poll. The former Minnesota governor says the real objective of his Iowa campaign remains the statewide caucuses that begin the GOP nominating process (AP).

Pawlenty camp cuts ‘pantsing’ anecdote

Former Minnesota governor and Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty liked a profile published by the Des Moines Register so much, his campaign staff blasted it out to reporters Friday. Most of it, that is (Washington Post).

By the numbers

Number of Minnesotans expected to reach retirement age over the next decade: 700,000. And as Julie Siple reports, many will face challenges getting healthy and nutritious meals. (MPR)

OP-ED

Rep. McCollum: Debt-ceiling deal is bad for Minnesota and America

This is a bad agreement on almost every level, most of all because it forces a broken bargain that avoids economic collapse at the cost of an even slower and more painful economic recovery. It may even return the nation to recession. It also demonstrates a clear path forward for on-going congressional dysfunction (MinnPost).

Our view: Minnesota failing to make grade on transparency

How good is good enough? When it comes to the government providing vital information on its websites, a grade of “B” falls short, according to a hard-to-argue-with determination by the nonprofit, nonpartisan, pro-transparency group Sunshine Review (Duluth News Tribune).

MN Scenes

Merry-Go-Round by Tricia V via Flickr

Merry - Go - Round

“The city park was deserted and in desperate need of some love and attention. It looks like at one time is was a very nice place for the children of Foxhome to play. But time has taken its toll and there seems to be very little upkeep. The grain elevator in the back stands tall and and over see’s all the towns happenings.”

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