Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on people who falsely claim their pets are true service dogs. They have the support of many who rely on highly trained service dogs and say they're increasingly seeing the accommodation abused by owners of dogs of all sorts, from accessory-cute to vicious. "This was brought to me by a lady who had to have her service dog put down after being attacked by a fake service dog," said Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, who is pushing the bill in the House.
ST. PAUL — A pair of Republican state lawmakers have effectively derailed — at least for now — plans for so-called "high-speed" passenger train service between the Twin Cities and Chicago. All they needed to do was object. "It's in effect like a one-person veto," said Sen. Scott Newman, one of the two lawmakers who put the brakes on a vision that has been in the works since the 1990s and has, over the years, received bipartisan support.
STILLWATER, Minn. — The St. Croix River has yielded a record-setting catfish. On Aug. 2, Mark Mosby of St. Anthony landed a 52½-inch flathead catfish while fishing in Stillwater. The fish, which had a girth of 32 inches (ponder that for a moment) and weighed an estimated 70 to 80 pounds, was recognized this week by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as a new catch-and-release state record.
MINNEAPOLIS — Federal investigators say contractors had been relocating a natural gas meter at Minnehaha Academy on Wednesday morning, Aug. 2, when something went horribly wrong, causing an explosion and building collapse that killed two employees of the private Minneapolis school and injured at least nine other people, one critically. "We understand this explosion happened in the process of moving the gas meter," Christopher Hart, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, told reporters at a Thursday afternoon, Aug. 3, news conference.
PRESCOTT, Wis. — For the first time, an invasive silver carp has been captured in the St. Croix River. The carp, one of several invasive species of so-called "Asian carp," was caught March 10 by a commercial fishing boat, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which announced confirmation of the catch Thursday. Silver carp are notorious for their proclivity to leap out of the water when boats approach. They're also regarded as a major threat to native species and the state's deep love of fishing.