Name released In Fatal Accident; Supreme Court Candidates Recommended by Panel; Crossbows Now Legal For Turkey Hunting, Partial Eclipse Weather Looks Good

>>Blackduck Man Victim Of Saturday Morning Crash

(Blackduck)The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of the man who died in a single car crash in Hines Township early Saturday morning. 37-year-old Aaron James Stomberg of Blackduck was driving a Chrysler 300 northbound on Hwy 72 when the vehicle left the road and crashed in the right hand ditch just before 2am. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office as well as Blackduck Fire, Police, First Responders, and Blackduck Ambulance responded to the accident scene.

>Panel Recommends Six Finalists For Upcoming Seats On MN Supreme Court

(St. Paul, MN)    A state panel has recommended six finalists for upcoming openings on the Minnesota Supreme Court.  Associate Justices G. Barry Anderson and Margaret Chutich will retire from the court later this year.  The merit selection panel announced their recommendations yesterday, naming five women and one man as candidates for the two openings.  Minnesota Solicitor General Liz Kramer is on the list along with two current members of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the chief judge of the Seventh Judicial District. (24/7 News Source)

>>MN Hunters Will Be Allowed To Use Crossbows During Turkey Season

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota hunters will be allowed to use a new weapon when the turkey season begins in a few weeks.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says hunters can use crossbows for the first time when the wild turkey season begins on April 17th.  Hunting suppliers say the change is already proving popular, with some stores already sold out of crossbows.  Information on getting a turkey hunting license is available on the Minnesota DNR website. (24/7 News Source)

>>Forecast Calls For Partly Cloudy Skies During Solar Eclipse

(Minneapolis, MN)    The eclipse crossing the skies on April 8th is quickly approaching.  In Minnesota, the moon will cover between 70-and-80 percent of the sun.  The peak will be around 2 p.m.  Forecasters are calling for partly cloudy skies that day.  (24/7 News Source)

>>Cheerio Challenge Totals Announced

(Duluth, MN)    Several Duluth area food shelves will benefit from a tongue-in-cheek cereal collection event that happened last week.  The creators of the Cheerio Challenge say they collected more than 800 boxes of cereal and over 50-thousand dollars during the event.  The idea was spawned after billionaire Kathy Cargill said Duluth’s mayor had “peed in his Cheerios” by questioning her about her plans for real estate purchases on Park Point.  Money and cereal will be distributed to Chum, the Damiano Center, the Salvation Army and the Union Gospel Mission.

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>>Walz Visits State Patrol HQ To Highlight Need For New Facility

(Oakdale, MN)    Governor Tim Walz says the Minnesota State Patrol needs a new headquarters to help make it easier for troopers to do their jobs.  The governor visited the state patrol’s headquarters in Oakdale yesterday to support his proposal to put 22-million dollars toward acquiring land for a new building.  Walz said the state patrol is doing incredible work in a building that doesn’t meet the agency’s current needs.  He hopes the legislature will include the money for the new headquarters in this year’s bonding bill.(24/7 News Source)

>>Minnesota’s Oldest Resort To Undergo Renovations

(Deerwood, MN)    Minnesota’s oldest resort is being renovated ahead of the busy summer vacation season.  The owners of Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort in Deerwood announced improvement plans for the facility yesterday.  The company plans to replace several cabins, remodel the location’s outdoor pools and build a new bar.  The first phase of the renovation should be completed in June.(24/7 News Source)

>>April Fools Joke In Rochester Upsets Developer

(Rochester, MN)    An April Fools’ joke in Rochester’s Pill Hill neighborhood isn’t sitting well with a company that had its logo used as part of the gag.  A banner appeared announcing a new high-rise apartment complex.  The banner included a QR code to learn more about the building.  The code didn’t lead to more information but instead linked to a video of the Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up,” in essence “rickrolling” the entire community.  The banner included an altered Weis Builders logo, and a spokesperson said the company was disappointed to have its logo used in the prank.(24/7 News Source)

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