STAPLES, Minn. (AP) - North Dakota's oil boom has safety on the minds of many Minnesota towns as the volatile crude rumbles through town aboard long trains. Local fire departments are mindful of fiery derailments in the past year, including one in Quebec that killed 47 people. Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Canadian Pacific aren't fighting proposed Minnesota legislation. Instead they say they're already working with first responders.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's motorcycle season has kicked off with the annual spring Flood Run. As many as 30,000 motorcyclists were expected to hit the road Saturday for a scenic ride between the Twin Cities and Winona. The Flood Run commemorates the 1965 Mississippi River flood when motorcyclists rode from the Twin Cities area to help out in Winona.
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - A rare snowy owl that was apparently hit by a bus in the nation's capital and sent to Minnesota for rehab is back in the wild once again. The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota released the owl yesterday outside Superior, Wisconsin near the Minnesota and Wisconsin state line. Center director Julia Ponder says the owl is in great condition and flew off with strong, steady wing beats.
WINONA, Minn. (AP) - Officials in Winona say they have found the devastating emerald ash borer inside city limits. The Winona Daily News reports that an ash borer-infested tree had been confirmed in the southern part of the city.
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