Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Two fishing rods per angler, or one? It’s a perennial question in Minnesota, and one that might spark heated disagreement in the otherwise-friendly confines of a boat. And it’s back — even with a partisan flavor. On Tuesday, April 23, the Republican-controlled state Senate voted to allow anglers to use two lines while fishing, while the Democratic-controlled House seems unlikely to agree.
ST. PAUL — Two Minnesota lawmakers want Minnesota to get an extension so that people can still board domestic airplanes with regular driver's licenses after Oct. 10. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Reps. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, and Dennis Smith, R-Maple Grove, asked Gov. Mark Dayton to seek an extension from the federal government on a fall deadline over compliance with Real ID, a new, higher-security identification regimen.
MINNEAPOLIS — The solution to a mystery that's killing Minnesota's moose could come down to slug and snail DNA contained in moose and deer droppings. And a University of Minnesota scientist eager to analyze that poop is looking for the public's help.
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.
ROUND LAKE, Minn. — Al Pint set his fishing rod down in the bow of the boat and reached back for an adult beverage, and when he glanced back, he saw his rod "flying over the side" of the boat. But that wasn't the end of the rod, and it's not the end of the tale of the rod-stealing walleye of Itasca County. It was Sunday, May 14, the day after Minnesota's walleye fishing opener, and Pint, a retired engineer from Brooklyn Park, and his brother were on Round Lake, a body of water they'd fished for 50 years. And they were on the fish.
ST. PAUL — Top 10 list: Most important Minnesota plants. Ever. Go. There's a new book out that takes a stab at it. "Ten Plants that Changed Minnesota" (Minnesota Historical Society Press, $29.95) takes its list from a 2012 conference of experts convened by the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. In their paperback, Mary Hockenberry Meyer, a University of Minnesota professor of horticultural science, and award-winning author Susan Davis Price, break down the list, after a foreword by former Gov. Arne Carlson.
ST. PAUL -- Outdoor retailer Gander Mountain and its subsidiary Overton’s said Friday, March 10, that is has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and 32 underperforming stores are slated for closure. The company said in February plans were in motion for filing.
MINNEAPOLIS — After further review by prosecutors, no charges will be filed in connection with sexual assault allegations against University of Minnesota football players, officials announced Friday, Dec. 30. Describing the Sept. 2 incident involving numerous football players as "deplorable behavior," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said investigations to date simply don't offer enough evidence to sustain criminal charges that could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.