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ST. PAUL -- A Goodhue County man faces numerous charges after allegedly shooting a trophy buck illegally near Cannon Falls. Troy Reinke, of Cannon Falls, was charged with 13 counts, including gross over-limits of wild animals, after allegedly shooting the deer without a license or tags. The charges carry a maximum penalty more than five years in a jail and a $19,000 fine. Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Tyler Quandt began investigating Reinke following several anonymous tips, some gleaned once tales and photos of the deer hit the Internet.
Police are investigating reports that a 14-year-old Twin Bluff Middle School student had threatened to bring a gun to school. School officials said the incident was resolved Monday. Red Wing police Chief Tim Sletten said initial police reports indicated a male student had a disagreement with two other students and had threatened to shoot them.
Authorities are searching for an armed robbery suspect who allegedly stayed in Red Wing under a stolen identity. First District Court Judge Thomas Bibus issued a warrant Thursday for Valentin Rodriguez Jr., who was charged with aggravated forgery, forgery and identity theft. According to a criminal complaint, Red Wing police were alerted to Rodriguez in August by Texas authorities checking on a drunken driving case. A Brownsville, Texas, man contacted police after learning his driver's license had been suspended due to a Minnesota DWI.
Steve Murphy says it's laden with "foot traps." Tim Kelly says it will help the state live within its means. But neither Red Wing lawmaker expressed much confidence that, with his term set to expire under a DFL-controlled Legislature, Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposal will go far this session. "I don't know if it will get much traction," said Kelly, a House Republican. The Republican governor on Thursday announced a plan to constitutionally mandate that state spending cannot exceed revenue.
No violence occurred Monday, but that doesn't mean nothing happened on the day of a purported threat against minorities at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Students marched in unity against racism and intolerance on the campus, where a threat was found Oct.
ZUMBROTA - Voters turned out to the polls in swells Tuesday, where they overwhelmingly approved a levy referendum. Referendum supporters carried the day 1,100 to 567. Supt. Richard Meyerhofer called the election results "huge" for the district. "If it would have failed, we were seriously looking at needing to cut $850,000 in our spring budget," he said. "It would have meant losing programs and losing staff members." The referendum boosts per-pupil spending by $250 at Zumbrota-Mazeppa schools.
If you spot Red Wing students rubbing at their eyes, do not be alarmed. They just might be putting some of their education to work. Chinese eye exercises were just one of the things local students have been learning from Daisy Gan, a teacher from Quzhou, China - one of Red Wing's two official sister cities. Gan arrived here in September and has taught at Twin Bluff Middle School, Red Wing High School, Red Wing Christian Academy and St. Joseph's Catholic School. "I hope that more students and people in Red Wing can know more about China and my city and understand each other ...
Nearly a year's worth of planning culminates today when Red Wing School Board members are expected to decide whether to reshuffle students at two district schools. The plan - which board members have indicated they support - is to move fifth-graders to Twin Bluff Middle School and eighth-graders to Red Wing High School. District officials sketched out the plan last year in response to a referendum pledge: New levy dollars would go toward smaller class sizes, starting with elementary schools. But smaller class sizes mean more teachers. More teachers mean more classes.
BELVIDERE TOWNSHIP -- It was a long week for Bruce Benrud. By Thursday evening, firefighters had been to his farm -- located about two miles north of Bellechester -- six times to extinguish a corn-bin fire. The blaze continued to reignite throughout the week, likely from hot kernels inside the 14,000-bushel dryer bin. "Without shoveling every bit out, it's tough to get out," said Goodhue Fire Department Chief Mike Kehren.
RIVER FALLS - Nathan Korir is frightened. The Kenya native couldn't believe his ears when he heard this week about threatening racist graffiti left on a bathroom wall at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Though sloppy, the handwriting spells out a clear message: Black and Asian students will be targeted on Monday. "It scares me away," said Korir, a freshman at the university. "I feel like I want to transfer to another school.