Minnesota crops develop ahead

of schedule as fall approaches

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Even as the weather starts to cool, Minnesota’s major crops are developing ahead of schedule.

In its weekly crop progress and condition report for the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that 17 percent of the corn crop is mature. That’s six days ahead of the average pace. The corn crop is rated 76 percent in good to excellent condition.

Sixty percent of Minnesota’s soybean crop has at least started turning color, and 24 percent of the crop is already dropping leaves, about three days ahead of the five-year average. The condition of the soybean crop improved slightly over the past week to 71 percent good to excellent.

Sugarbeet farmers are preparing to begin harvesting, and 75 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

Boyfriend charged in death of

Dakota County woman

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — The boyfriend of a woman whose body was found encased in an icy pond in Dakota County has been charged in her death.

Forty-year-old Uriah Schulz is expected to make his initial appearance in court Tuesday on a charge of unintentional second-degree murder. Police began to investigate the disappearance of 41-year-old Elizabeth Perrault on Feb. 22. Her body was found not far from her home in the holding pond in Burnsville a month later. The Star Tribune says an autopsy showed she suffered blows to her head.

Schulz told police he last saw Perrault Nov. 1 when she left in a car with two unidentified women who were supposedly taking her to a dependency treatment facility.