Mayor Ness targeted for anti-racism campaign, beet lobby power, rampant walleye violations

Anti-racism campaign brings backlash to Duluth Mayor

Northland News Center: “I’ve been getting really threatening and ugly emails from all over the world,” said Duluth Mayor Don Ness. Those messages, says Mayor Ness, have come from White Supremacist groups.”

Inside Congress, no one beats the beet lobby

Star Tribune: “American Crystal Sugar has become one of the country’s most powerful lobbying groups, doling out cash contributions to lawmakers at levels approaching big-business groups like the American Bankers Association. And it’s all for a single objective: To guarantee tariffs and price supports allow sugar beet farmers to make money, even if it drives the cost of sugar above the global market.”

DNR sweep of lake nets scores of violators

Pioneer Press: “Conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently swept through Lake of the Woods, revealing an eye-opening number of violations among walleye fishermen.”

Romney campaign swings though Eagan

MPR News: “Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has scheduled a campaign stop in Minnesota on Wednesday. Romney, a former governor from Massachusetts, will hold a campaign event in Eagan on Wednesday afternoon. He’s making the appearance with former Gov. Tim Pawlenty at the FreightMasters building in Eagan.”

Candidates vie for 8th District DFL endorsement

Duluth News Tribune: “Across the 8th Congressional District DFLers do have a pretty heated race for U.S. Congress. Former Duluth city Councilor Jeff Anderson, former St. Cloud area state Sen. Tarryl Clark and former 6th District Congressman Rick Nolan of Crosby.”

Minn. lawmakers watch transportation bills closely

MPR News: “Minnesota and other states may lose federal highway funding under legislation that could be introduced by House Republicans as early as this week to renew spending on the nation’s infrastructure – highways, bridges and transit.”

Pine County Sheriff offers new details of misconduct probe

KARE11: “The Sheriff of Pine County, Minnesota is offering more details of an internal department probe of alleged misconduct that could eventually lead to criminal charges.”

Mankato TV anchor, infamous for impaired newscast, is charged with DWI

Pioneer Press: “A KEYC-TV anchor who was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, two weeks after what some suspected was a drunken newscast, has been charged.”

Fight cuts short hip-hop concert to honor military

St Cloud Times: “A hip-hop concert planned to honor the military was cut short Saturday night after fights broke out.”

Increase in snowy owl sightings

WDIO: “Snowy owls are fairly common around the Northland during the winter months. But as of late, these Arctic birds have been spotted over a thousand miles from it’s tundra home. Wildlife Manager, Martha Minchak, says these are food stressed owls just searching for a meal.”