Around MN: police investigated, Hungry Hill, canoeists nearly shot

Minn. law enforcement officers investigated over improper accessing of driver data

The Department of Public Safety has asked 18 law enforcement agencies in Minnesota to look into potential misuse of its Driver and Vehicle Services database concerning one individual (Pioneer Press).

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A return to traditional foods helps some fight hunger on White Earth Reservation

Hunger is such a problem on some parts of the White Earth Reservation that there is a neighborhood some people call Hungry Hill (MPR News).

Does local matter in regulating pollution in water?

MPR News’ Ground Level asked seven Minnesotans why they think local actions matter when it comes to water pollution (MPR News).

Man faces court after shooting loud TV

A man so annoyed by the volume of a TV in his home that he allegedly shot it out with a .44 Magnum handgun made his first court appearance Monday. Daryl Lee Niklewas charged with one count of reckless endangerment, a Class C felony (Grand Forks Herald).

Bemidji council supports Public TV request

Lakeland Public Television is seeking $3 million in state bonding dollars to assist in the construction of a new facility. Bemidji City Council unanimously agree to support that effort and agreed that it should be the city’s top priority for bonding funds (Bemidji Pioneer).

Interest groups watch as court grapples with redistricting

A court-appointed panel will take public testimony Tuesday evening in Bloomington on the best way to redraw the state’s political boundaries (MPR News).

Suspect sought after canoeists nearly shot

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) reports a couple in a canoe nearly got shot when someone was careless and forgot basic firearm safety rules. Apparently ammo cost was not an issue as it was reported they fired 100 rounds in short order (Pioneer Press).

$1.9 million grant awarded for mining interests

A $1.9 million federal grant will help strengthen mining and steel businesses in the Northeastern Minnesota Mining Cluster (Northland News Center).

Refinery sales in Superior, Meraux complete

The Superior refinery was acquired by a subsidiary of Calumet Specialty Products for a sales price of $214 million plus hydrocarbon inventories valued at approximately $220 million, subject to certain adjustments (Superior Telegram).

Op-Ed

Phil Krinkie: Retire the Blame Game on property taxes

No matter what you call it or how you redistribute state tax dollars to local governments, property tax relief programs reduce transparency and accountability for local government spending (Grand Forks Herald).

“When citizens want to get the facts, they turn to their local newspaper,” writes Doug Anstaett in the Ely Echo.

Fall color photo gallery.

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