The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a tentative settlement with four iron mines in Minnesota and Michigan that's aimed at reducing haze over pristine areas including Voyageurs and Isle Royale national parks and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
"American Sniper" is tops at the box office but don't expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it. The former Navy SEAL won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit last year against the estate of the late Chris Kyle, the SEAL protagonist of the movie.
Getting caught texting while driving could carry a steeper fine. Entrance fees at Minnesota state parks would rise slightly to pay for upkeep. Meat, poultry, canning and other food-production plants would be more likely to come under inspection thanks to beefed-up budgets.
A northern Minnesota woman accused of killing her boyfriend by dragging him with an SUV has pleaded guilty to charges. Jessica Kilde will be sentenced for second-degree intentional murder in Becker County March 16.
Permanent deer hunting stands could be banned on state and county forest land. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has proposed tightening restrictions on the permanent stands for a couple of reasons.
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