Sailboat tragedy; Homeless in Moorhead; Rural doctors struggle

‘Horrible tragedy’ leaves 2 siblings dead, third hospitalized

Bemidji Pioneer: “Two children died after falling into a frigid lake, and a third is listed in critical condition after first responders pulled the siblings Friday afternoon from Clearwater Lake. The children were in a small sailboat with their father, Dan Risland, when it toppled in strong winds. He reportedly told authorities that he attempted to get the children to shore, but struggled in the wind and current.”

Moorhead homeless shelter is seeing increasing amounts of people

WDAY: “A Moorhead homeless shelter is seeing a startling number of people seeking shelter.Churches United has had 2333 stays in overflow housing since November. Nearly 17-hundred by men. 643 by women. And 11 stays by families.”

Duluth training program for rural doctors feels money pinch

Duluth News Tribune: “A medical residency program in the heart of Duluth that trains future doctors to work in rural areas is being squeezed by decreasing funding and increased regulation, its director said.”

Wildfire burns 1,000 acres in Wadena County

Saint Cloud Times: “Firefighters are battling a wildfire that has already burned about 1,000 acres in north-central Minnesota.The fire started Sunday about 4 p.m. near Lyons State Forest near Nimrod. Wadena County emergency manager Scott McKellep says no injuries were reported as of late Sunday night.”

Farm bill faces austere future

MPR News: “Farmers may face some uncertainty by harvest time as Congress grapples with rewriting the farm bill before it expires in September. On the table are big cuts in federal farm spending.”

Move up fishing opener? Not all resorters are game

Star Tribune: “Moving Minnesota’s fishing opener up a week might sound like a great idea for walleye-hungry anglers, but not everyone is thrilled. ‘It will be a nightmare for us and a nightmare for resorters,’ said Tom Neustrom of Grand Rapids, a fishing guide. ‘What are they thinking?’ He said that anglers long ago booked trips for guides and resorts, and changing the dates would be ‘a mess.’ Jay Schelde, owner of Pike Bay Lodge on Lake Vermilion and president of the Lake Vermilion Resort Association, agreed. ‘I don’t think it will help anybody,’ Schelde said. ‘It’s way too short notice.’”

12 arrested at Occupy MN demonstration

KARE: “Twelve people were arrested Saturday night during an Occupy MN demonstration in downtown Minneapolis.” MPR News: “Police spokesman Sgt. Steve McCarty said officers warned the group at Peavey they were violating city ordinances and blocking public access and to leave. McCarty said demonstrators marched through the area of Hennepin Avenue and 5th Street at about 10 p.m. He said they blocked intersections and impeded an ambulance on an emergency call. McCarty said that’s when officers arrested the 12 protestors. Demonstrators say they moved to the side to let the ambulance pass. In a release, Occupy protestors say they were marching peacefully when officers ‘attacked’ them.”

Race-specific groups take aim at academic disparity

Star Tribune: “With Woodbury High’s ‘Be the Dream,’ staff and students tackle racial issues head-on.”

Ex-pastor in court today for sex charges

Grand Forks Herald: “A former Lutheran pastor in Lake George, Minn., southwest of Bemidji near Itasca State Park, faces an omnibus court hearing today in Park Rapids on 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a boy.”

Gov. Dayton’s child care unionization order is nullified

Star Tribune: “A Ramsey County judge ruled Friday that Gov. Mark Dayton exceeded his authority in ordering a union election for certain in-home child-care providers.”

GOP lawmaker says weak job numbers show need for federal job program reform

The Hill: “House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) said Friday that the weaker-than-expected employment picture in March is more evidence that Congress needs to streamline and reform the various federal job-training programs.”

Cattle rustler faces jail time

Pierce County Herald: “Cattle rustling in southwestern Minnesota could land an eastern Minnesota man in jail.”

Plans continue for Minnesota’s newest park — La Salle Lake State Recreational Area

Grand Forks Herald: “With the help of a handful of Hubbard County citizens, the vision for Minnesota’s newest state park is slowly coming into focus.”

Skateboarding fans raising money for ‘Target Field’ of parks in Cloquet

Pine Journal: “About 150 people attended a pancake breakfast at the Cloquet Senior Center on Saturday morning, paying $5 apiece to raise money toward a concrete skate park planned for a section of the city’s Athletic Park.”

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