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DULUTH, Minn. — Lake Superior rose an inch more than it usually does in May, according to the monthly report released Friday, June 2, by the International Lake Superior Board of Control. The big lake rose 5 inches in May, a month it usually goes up 4 inches. Lake Superior now sits 9 inches above the long-term June 1 average and 4 inches higher than at this time in 2016. Lakes Michigan-Huron rose 5 inches in May, 2 inches more than the usual 3-inch increase. The lakes now sit 14 inches above average and an inch higher than the June 1, 2016 level.
ANDOVER, Minn.—The three people found dead in an Andover home Wednesday evening appear to have died in a murder-suicide, according to the Anoka County sheriff's office. Deputies went to the home at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a welfare check. A neighbor became concerned after not seeing the residents for a couple days or the usual activity at the home, the sheriff's office said. Deputies found the door unlocked and discovered the bodies of three adults inside.
The economy appears to be on the rebound, at last reaching the steady employment numbers of 10 years ago — before the Great Recession swelled the ranks of the jobless. The return of unemployment rates under 4 percent for Minnesota and Wisconsin residents with college educations should have people feeling cautiously optimistic. Businesses, restaurants and manufacturers are hiring. In fact, many local firms can't get enough good workers. "Hiring now" banners fluttering in the wind and "help wanted" signs posted or painted on windows are just about anywhere you look.
Motorists on Highway 63 near the Red Wing Bridge will encounter flaggers beginning the week of June 5, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. The work will take place during daytime hours after 8:30 a.m. and before 3 p.m. as crews perform work for construction of the new Mississippi River bridge. Flaggers will control traffic for the safety of motorists and workers. Short delays are possible. Motorists will encounter intermittent flagging operations through construction season this year.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Detroit Lakes police plan to analyze phone records as they investigate to a bomb threat hoax that shut down Wal-Mart on the city's west edge on Memorial Day as vehicles were backed up along busy U.S. Highway 10. Just after 1 p.m. Monday, the store received a phone call that, according to reports, alleged a bomb threat. Wal-Mart management directed an evacuation, according to protocol. Staff then contacted local authorities, who responded, placing the building on lockdown to conduct a thorough search.
Memorial Day observances will abound Monday, May 29. Here is a breakdown of events by community. Red Wing A brief veteran's memorial service will be 8:15 a.m. at John Rich Park with laying of a wreath, prayer and salute. The full service will begin at 8:45 a.m. in Bay Point Park, featuring salutes, remarks and music by Red Wing High School Ovation Choir and Concert Band. Leo C. Peterson American Legion Post, 218 W. Fourth St., will hold a brunch 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10; reservations aren't needed.
The final inmate was apprehended Friday afternoon, May 26, after a transport van carrying nine prisoners was taken over.
Franken rules out White House bid in 2020 ST. PAUL—U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he won't run for president in 2020. The Minnesota Democrat has been among several high-profile Democrats seen as likely candidates. But in an interview with People Magazine, the former comedian ruled out a run. "I got way, way, way too much to do right now to even think about that, other than to say, 'No, I'm not going to do that,'" Franken told the magazine. The senator's wife and daughter both agreed with the decision.
MINNEAPOLIS—A Maplewood woman has been found guilty of third-degree murder in the overdose death of a man who received the fatal dose from her. Hennepin County District Judge Paul Scoggin filed his guilty verdict Tuesday, in the bench trial of Beverly Nicole Burrell, 30, following the death of Lucas Ronnei of Chanhassen in January 2016.
STOCKHOLM, Wis. — It's been a boom year for home renovations. The housing market is way up. People are remodeling like crazy. For Alan Nugent, owner of Abode Interior Design & Homecrafting in Stockholm, these national trends translate into increased demand for his design services. Clients from all over the Midwest have been coming to him with new projects. He realized that he needed to add staff. But what were the odds that he'd find designers to hire in Stockholm, population 66?