The Star Tribune will have soon an update on seven fires covering 2,000 acres that are burning in northwest Minnesota and southern Manitoba. Some 150 firefighters were battling the blazes with another 50 expected to join their ranks today. Check back here for updates.
So much for Friday night lights in Mankato. The Mankato West football team has to forfeit its first four wins of the season for playing an ineligible player.
“I made an incorrect ruling on the eligibility of a player, and because of that mistake, we will forfeit the first four games,” the school’s activities director Ken Essay told the Mankato Free Press.. “You hope when you make a mistake, that you’re the only one that gets hurt, but in this case, the coaches and the football team also get hurt.”
Essay did not name the student, though the Free Press used unnamed sources and identified him as senior running back Trenton Marks, who did not play in the team’s homecoming loss to Rochester John Marshall on Friday. Mark’s is the team’s leading rusher who transferred from Mankato Loyola before the season.
A Two Harbors woman who accepted a plea agreement after being charged with illegally killing two trophy bucks at a local golf course was sentenced Monday, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
Valery Vawn Wright, 50, who took the two large, frequently spotted bucks near Two Harbors’ Lakeview National Golf Course, was sentenced to 180 days in jail, a $50 fine, and $1,500 in restitution to the Department of Natural Resources. The jail sentence was stayed for two years though, though she’ll have to complete 80 hours of community service as well as take an advanced hunter training class.
Wright was charged with misdemeanors for hunting without a valid deer license, for having deer over the limit and hunting over a baited area during last year’s firearms deer hunt. She also was charged with gross misdemeanors for transporting an illegally taken deer and for taking or possessing wild animals with a value of more than $1,000.
The larger of the two deer had a restitution value of $1,000 and the other, $500.
The health commissioner extended the hours for his upcoming public forum on adding intractable pain to the list of conditions allowed into the state's medical marijuana program. The public can also submit written comments.
The final decision will be up to Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, but if the program expands, the Intractable Pain Advisory Committee hopes there will be additional strictures and precautions for pain patients.