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The Northland's week in review: Aug. 18-23

Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19 ? Six people were killed in the southeast corner of Minnesota due to flooding from heavy rain, according to an Associated Press report. Gov. Tim Pawlenty ordered 240 National Guard soldiers to the area for fl...

Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19

  • Six people were killed in the southeast corner of Minnesota due to flooding from heavy rain, according to an Associated Press report.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty ordered 240 National Guard soldiers to the area for flood-relief, security and to help the Red Cross set up shelters.

  • Reed Kolquist won the Lakeview Medal Golf Tournament in a playoff. Earlier this year Kolquist won the Reidar Skyline Memorial and the Northland Invitational.
  • Johan Santana, a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, shut out the Texas Rangers 1-0. He had 17 strike outs in the victory, which is a franchise record.

Monday, Aug. 20

  • Ripley's Entertainment Inc. will no longer manage the Great Lakes Aquarium. Ripley's was getting paid $250,000 a year to run it.
  • David Allen Caroon, 44, of Cook, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. He offered a fellow inmate $10,000 to kill his former girlfriend. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
  • The last body missing from the I-35W bridge collapse was found. The official death toll in the disaster is 13.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

  • The Minnesota State Health Commissioner, Dianne Mandernach announced she will step down from her post next month.

Earlier this summer Mandernach angered many Iron Range residents because her department withheld evidence for a year, that 35 miners developed mesothelioma, a rare type of lung cancer.

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  • At a school board meeting, Duluth school district Superintendent Keith Dixon's contract was renewed through 2011. The contract he is currently under expires in June 2008.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

  • It was announced that, Chad Leroy Lisdahl, 28, a Superior paramedic, is suing the Gold Cross Ambulance and one of its managers for allegedly demoting and harassing him after returning to work after a four-year leave of absence. He served three combat tours in Iraq as a marine.
  • According to an investigative report concerning St. Louis County Commissioner Steve Raukar, St. Louis County declined to investigate a sexual harassment charge against him in 1998, filed by a county employee.

This investigation was done in the wake of recent sexual harassment charges against commissioners Raukar and Dennis Fink.

  • It was announced that three UMD students are being targeted for downloading music illegally. They will have the chance to settle out of court. Those settlements could be close to $3,000 each.

Thursday, Aug. 23

  • Harry Welty, who is running for the District 2 seat for the Duluth School Board, gathered a group of people to start a petition that would allow residents to vote on the district's long-range plan.
  • According to a report, Lake Superior lake levels are at a record low for the month of August. The lake is currently 600.4 feet above sea level. The low mark for August before was 600.5. The lake is currently 22 inches below its average for the month of August.

Coming this weekend

  • The Minnesota State Fair runs through Sept. 3. For more information go online to www.mnstatefair.org or call (651) 288-4400.
  • The eight annual Public Safety Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Hermantown Police Department, 5111 Maple Grove Road.
  • The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival kicked off Friday at 6 p.m. at Barker's Island in Superior and will continue all day Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. There is also entertainment throughout the day. Park at the Mariner Mall and take a free shuttle to the island.

--The Duluth News Tribune contributed to these reports.

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