Ski resort seeks drawdown of Poplar River, headscarfs in jail, death of the small cabin

Lutsen asks for special permit to continue water draw from slowing river

A special permit could be issued to allow Lutsen Mountains Ski Hill to pump water from a nearby trout stream for snow making, despite very low river flow (MPR News).

Somali protests jail ban on headscarf with refusal to leave cell

“All inmates are issued jail-issue clothing, and they have to wear that” said Pat Carr, jail commander for the Sherburne County sheriff’s office. “Nobody wears hats while in custody, or any type of headgear” (Pioneer Press).

New census data: Minn.’s Somali population grows

Minnesota’s Somali population is still the largest in the United States, according to new census data released early Thursday that raised the number of people of Somali ancestry in the state to more than 32,000 (Star Tribune).

Parties argue over fundamentals in hearing on redistricting

Republicans want new political boundaries drawn to avoid splitting cities and counties, but Democrats say that judges who have accepted the task of producing new congressional and legislative district maps should emphasize keeping people with similar interests together (West Central Tribune).

8th District candidates gird for a financial fight

More than a year before the election, candidates for the 8th Congressional District seat held by Republican Chip Cravaack have raised more than $1 million in campaign contributions, public records show (Duluth News Tribune).

City defends street bills

When the city fixes the street in front of your home, you can expect to pay. How much is known. What’s fair is up for debate (Fairmont Sentinel).

Bachmann files by mail for New Hampshire presidential primary

After months of absence from the state, Bachmann returned in early October telling a small group of Tea Party supporters, “I want to be your sweetheart here in New Hampshire” (Union Leader).

Former school board member convicted in sexual conduct trial

Just before 10 p.m., a jury convicted a former Virginia School Board Member of criminal sexual conduct and solicitation of a child. The victim’s family has told Eyewitness News they are pleased with the verdict (WDIO).

Architect: Small cabins are a dying breed

Minneapolis-based architect Dale Mulfinger has spent two decades researching and teaching the subject and says small, seasonal cabins are a dying breed as they’re converted to year-round retreats or replaced with lake homes (Duluth News Tribune).

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