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Local History 50 years ago: The sixth interpretive marker in Brown County’s series of historic markers was unveiled at Lake Hanska. 10 years ago: Members of the New Ulm Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans joined with community adults and youth to clean up gardens at German Park as ...

Local Outlook

A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms today. Cloudy, with a high near 74. North northwest wind around 5 mph. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. North northwest wind around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an ...

Hotel owner sues insurance firm after Vegas mass shooting

LAS VEGAS (AP) — More than 4,000 people are seeking damages from MGM Resorts International related to the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that left 58 people dead, the casino giant said in a lawsuit alleging its insurance company has failed to pay promised legal costs. Las Vegas-based MGM ...

Device to trap plastic waste in Pacific Ocean relaunches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in a second attempt to clean up a huge island of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. Boyan Slat, creator of The Ocean Cleanup project, announced on Twitter that a ...

Dear Annie: Pumping the brakes on parking problems

Dear Annie: I hope this is not out of your area, but I have a parking-related question for you. We have a neighbor who always says, “Don’t park in front of my house.” This guy and his family are not very polite, and they will run outside and start arguments and create scenes if you try to ...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Humbling Planets The difficult arrangement of Venus, Jupiter and Neptune is a good time to learn how things work. To learn is to lower oneself, admit ignorance and allow the influence of others. You can lower yourself and still have great stature. It’s a paradox of status: The highest kings ...

Microgreens: a tiny, nutritional, easy-to-grow crop all year

If you like munching on seedlings, consider directing your palate toward microgreens. These tiny vegetables burst with rich, leafy flavors ranging from spicy to sweet, and their nutritional power exceeds that of the adult plants. Use them as garnish, sprinkle them onto salads and soups, add ...

Dear Annie: Folding on this bridge game

Dear Annie: A few years ago, I joined a duplicate bridge group in town and got paired with an older man who had just broken up with his partner. He taught beginner classes and was a great help in getting me up to speed with modern conventions, as it had been years since I'd played. We did well ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

When most people ask questions, it's not because they are curious. Instead, they are trying to control the direction of conversation and attention. A question that is not rooted in a need for control or a desire to validate a point of view that already existed before the question was asked is ...

Jury awards $585K to Minnesota officer over license lookups

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal jury in Minnesota has awarded $585,000 to a police officer who alleged that 58 fellow officers from the Minneapolis Police Department broke a federal privacy law by searching for her driver's license data without a lawful purpose. The jury returned its ...

USDA offers producers options to re-enroll or extend CRP contracts

WASHINGTON – Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a one-year contract extension. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) also is accepting offers from those who want to ...

After calling off Iran strikes, Trump suggests patience

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he abruptly called off the swiftly planned military strikes on Iran because the likely deaths of 150 Iranians would have been so out of proportion to the shootdown of an unmanned American surveillance drone. He also indicated he still hopes ...

Firefighter uses YouTube duck calls to rescue ducklings from storm drain

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A flock of ducklings is safe in suburban Denver after a firefighter used a recording of duck calls to coax some of them from a storm drain. A video from South Metro Fire Rescue shows how a firefighter was able to scoop out four of the birds in the water at the bottom ...

2016 redux? Trump vs. Biden recalls Clinton fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gearing up to take on Democratic front-runner Joe Biden, President Donald Trump sees echoes of his 2016 foe, Hillary Clinton. Despite polls that show Trump trailing the former vice president in battleground states, the Republican president is relishing the chance to wage ...

People in the News

'Fixer Upper' couple plans $10.4M Texas development WACO, Texas (AP) — Former "Fixer Upper" hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines have introduced a $10.4 million plan to expand on the popular shops they operate in their Texas hometown of Waco. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports there will be a new ...

Lawmakers decry perilous federal lockups for migrant kids

CLINT, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers on Friday were calling for swift change after reports this week of more than 250 infants, children and teens being held inside a windowless Border Patrol station, struggling to care for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation. It's a scene that is ...

House Democrats unveil $4.5B border measure

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a $4.5 billion measure Friday to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border and the government's responsibility to care for tens of thousands of migrant refugees seeking safety in the U.S. under its asylum laws. The measure ...

International

UN to appeal for $1.2 billion to help 5 million Palestinians UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said Friday he hopes donors will be as generous this year as they were last year after the United States cut all funding for the $1.2 billion program to ...

National

Chicago mayor says police won't assist ICE in migrant sweep CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city's police department will not participate in an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement roundup of migrant families who have been ordered out the country. ICE agents have ...

Minnesota

DFL volunteer resigns over tweet aimed at Emmer's Marine son MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A volunteer for Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District DFL committee has resigned after posting a tweet in which he suggested Marines are murderers. The state DFL Party said Laine Scheuble resigned ...