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Fire Chief, 5 Others On Leave Following Nursing Home Death

The fire chief and five members of his department in the Twin Cities suburb of Maplewood have been placed on administrative leave, apparently over the death of a woman at a nursing home. Police Chief Paul Schnell says firefighters and paramedics were called to the Good Samaritan Society nursing home Aug. 7 where a 71-year-old woman with Parkinson's disease had stopped breathing and was unconscious.

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DNR Warns Chippewa Group Against Treaty Rights Test

The Dayton administration has warned a group of Chippewa Indians who plan to harvest wild rice without state licenses later this month that they risk prosecution and seizure of their rice and equipment. Supporters of the 1855 Treaty Authority, which is independent of the state's tribal governments, plan to gather wild rice on Hole-in-the-Day Lake in Nisswa on Aug. 27.

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Rebecca Otto
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Lawmakers Revive Auditor Critique with County Complaints

Some county officials and state lawmakers are airing their grievances about the state auditor's handling of a new law curbing her office's power. A House committee met Tuesday to discuss State Auditor Rebecca Otto's letters asking counties to sign a three-year contract for annual financial audits.

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Dayton: Special Session Over Mille Lacs Not Panning Out

Given legislative resistance, Gov. Mark Dayton says he's doubtful that a special session will occur to provide assistance to businesses along Lake Mille Lacs. Dayton acknowledged Tuesday that his hopes of a relief package aren't panning out

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Neal Zumberge
Neal Zumberge
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Minnesota Man Convicted of Killing Neighbor in Feud

A Minnesota man has been convicted of killing his neighbor in a long-running feud over deer feeding and other disputes. A jury in St. Paul on Tuesday found 58-year-old Neal Zumberge, of New Brighton, guilty of first-degree premeditated murder and other charges in the May 2014 shooting of Todd Stevens - who was arguing with Zumberge's wife, Paula - and of the attempted murder of Steven's girlfriend, Jennifer Damerow-Cleven.

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Judge Natalie Hudson (Photo: Minnesota Court of Appeals website)
Judge Natalie Hudson (Photo: Minnesota Court of Appeals website)
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Dayton Elevates Judge Hudson to Minnesota Supreme Court

Gov. Mark Dayton has elevated Appeals Judge Natalie Hudson to Minnesota's Supreme Court in a pick that maintains diversity in the top ranks of the judiciary. The Democratic governor announced his selection Tuesday to fill the seat coming open because of Justice Alan Page's retirement.

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Former Athletic Director Failed to Disclose Prior Complaint

The University of Minnesota says former athletic director Norwood Teague failed to disclose that he was facing a gender discrimination complaint at the time he was recruited and hired. Teague resigned earlier this month after he was accused of sexually harassing two university administrators.

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Governor Mark Dayton, Photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Governor Mark Dayton, Photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
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Dayton Prepared to Make His 3rd Minnesota Supreme Court Pick

Minnesota's highest court is about to welcome its newest member. Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to name a new Supreme Court justice Tuesday afternoon. It's his third pick overall for the top court and will fill the vacancy being left by Justice Alan Page's retirement.

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