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KEYSTONE, S.D. — One of the region's top tourist attractions—the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota --- is getting a $5 to $7 million facelift. Actually, it's won't be a facelift on the four faces of the presidents carved into the granite mountain at the Black Hills attraction. Rather, the focus will be upgrading the visitor's center and replacing pavers that are cracking and dissolving on the main pathway to the landmark, the Avenue of Flags, that displays flags from all 50 states.
ST. PAUL -- A woman was sleeping on a light rail train heading into downtown St. Paul earlier this spring when she was startled by a man pulling down her pants, authorities say. That man, 70-year-old Kenneth Ray Logans, now faces charges of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the criminal complaint filed against him Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is the state in the country with the least drug problems, according to a personal finance website that studies a variety of issues. The state didn’t top the list in any of the key metrics used by WalletHub researchers and experts, but was ranked low in almost every category.
ST. PAUL --Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has announced he plans to skip early June’s Republican state convention and go straight to the Aug.14 primary, drawing sharp criticism from another GOP candidate in the race and the Democratic party. Pawlenty’s decision means he won’t be seeking the party’s endorsement. In a statement Tuesday, his campaign said the two-term governor entered the race too late for to have a “fair fight” for the endorsement.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Most of the northern half of Minnesota is under very high fire danger today, Tuesday, May 15. The red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service is for the following counties: Polk (west), Kittson, Roseau, Lake Of The Woods, Marshall (west), Marshall (east), Beltrami (north), Pennington, Red Lake, Polk (east), Clearwater (north), and Koochiching.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Health has received reports of callers posing as being from the department and asking for personal and business information, including credit card numbers. The department said it appeared to have been subjected to this “spoofing” attack, a practice used to falsify the telephone number or name on caller IDs to disguise the identity of the real caller.
PIERRE, S.D.— A second case of a highly contagious, but rare horse disease has been confirmed in South Dakota, and officials in the region are urging horse owners to do what they can to help prevent the spread of the potentially fatal disease. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven said Friday, May 4, that the most recent case of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy was confirmed on Monday and involved a horse that belonged to a member of the South Dakota State University rodeo team in Brookings.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lakes are experiencing later-than-usual ice-out but temperatures are rising and the Department of Natural Resources reminds anyone venturing onto remaining ice to use extreme caution – or stay off altogether. During the past week, conservation officers throughout the state report deteriorating ice conditions and instances of people and equipment falling through.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat serving in his 27th year in the U.S. House, had the highest bipartisan legislation score in 2017, according a study by Georgetown University. The non-partisan analysis shows Peterson’s track record of working across the aisle on a variety of issues for his congressional district and to rural America. Peterson represents most of farm and lakes country in all of western Minnesota.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D, is concerned about two major issues that can affect farmers and ranchers this year. One is the farm bill that faces an uncertain future as it's set to expire in September. The other is waivers that some small U.S. refineries have been receiving from the Environmental Protection Agency to not produce ethanol. As for the five-year farm bill, Rounds said he has many concerns as the Senate works to possibly pass its version of a farm bill after the House completed its work without Democratic support.