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MINNESOTA GOVERNOR-IP CANDIDATE

APNewsBreak: IP gov hopeful misses public money

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Independence Party governor candidate Hannah Nicollet has failed to qualify for a public campaign subsidy in the Minnesota race.

That means the eventual Democratic and Republican nominees are in line for even bigger public checks and she will miss out on more than $219,000 to spread her message. The IP has been a powerful force in past governor's races, often snagging more than the vote difference between the top two candidates.

Nicollet told The Associated Press on Thursday that she fell short of the donations needed to unlock the public subsidy.

The IP has been a major party for almost two decades, although it was known as the Reform Party when Jesse Ventura rode the ballot line to the governor's office in 1998.

INCOME TAX RECIPROCITY

Wisconsin makes Minnesota offer on tax reciprocity

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin has made a new income tax reciprocity offer to Minnesota

Wisconsin's Revenue Department announced the latest offer Thursday. The neighboring states have been unable to reach a deal since a 40-year agreement expired in 2009.

An agreement would simplify income taxes for the roughly 80,000 who live in one state and work in the other.

Wisconsin Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler says the latest offer provides that payments from Wisconsin to Minnesota would increase from the $58 million paid for tax year 2009 to $87 million for tax year 2015. Future payments would be made based on a study both states completed in 2013.

Minnesota's latest offer required Wisconsin to pay up to $6 million more, a proposal Wisconsin continues to reject. Chandler calls the request "unprecedented."

WOLF HUNT-MINNESOTA

DNR says Minnesota wolf population stable

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota will issue 500 more wolf licenses this year and allow hunters and trappers to kill 30 more wolves than last year.

The Department of Natural Resources says its latest population estimate is that 470 wolf packs and 2,423 wolves lived in Minnesota's wolf range this past winter. It says that's 212 more wolves than estimated in winter 2013

Dan Stark, the DNR's large carnivore specialist, says the estimate shows a stable population with no significant change from last year.

The DNR will make 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses available. The statewide harvest target is 250 wolves. The DNR will start taking license applications Aug. 1, and the early season opens Nov. 8.

This will be Minnesota's third wolf hunting season since the animals came off the endangered list.

SUPER BOWL-MINNESOTA

Authority wanted snow removal priority for NFL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Newly released documents show the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority wanted assurances that the National Football League would get priority plowing in the event of snowfall during Super Bowl week.

A draft letter from authority officials obtained by the St. Paul Pioneer Press asked mayors of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington to pledge the NFL would have snow removal priority during the 2018 Super Bowl week. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman declined.

Coleman said in an email to a staff member that he didn't want to be on record as prioritizing "billionaires over everyday residents."

The authority later redrafted the request to emphasize the cities' competence in snow removal, without giving any special treatment to the NFL.

Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen says it was not a demand by the NFL.

PICKUP-TRAIN CRASH

Man hurt in pickup-train crash near Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A Minnesota man was taken to a Grand Forks hospital after crashing his pickup truck into a train.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the incident happened shortly before 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Authorities say the 33-year-old man from Brooten, Minnesota, collided with the BNSF Railway train at a crossing just west of Grand Forks.

The patrol did not immediately identify the man or disclose information about his injuries. Authorities said damage to the train was unknown.

5 YEARS MISSING

Search for missing Minnesota man hits 5 year mark

LEADER, Minn. (AP) - The search continues for a missing Minnesota man who disappeared five years ago Thursday.

On July 24, 2009, Peter Achermann of Leader went to run errands in nearby Staples. He never returned home to his wife and 11 adult children.

The (Brainerd) Daily Dispatch reports Achermann's station wagon was discovered by authorities at the end of a rural road the following day. The vehicle was buried in a mud hole.

The Cass County sheriff says extensive searches were conducted within a six mile radius of the area. Hundreds of community members, two fire departments, dive teams and members of mounted posses, the Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota National Guard participated.

The sheriff's office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are committed to solving the case. A $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest still stands.

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