MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Environmental and conservation groups urge Gov. Mark Dayton to use his line-item veto power to cancel $98 million in projects funded by what they consider an improper raid on a trust fund that depends on state lottery proceeds. The wastewater and other projects are part of a $1.5 billion public works borrowing bill. But the money to pay for them would come out of the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund rather than traditional sources.
CRYSTAL, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say a Hennepin County deputy shot and wounded a man after a standoff at a suburban Minneapolis home. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says sheriff's deputies and Crystal police arrived Wednesday night to serve a court-ordered removal when the man locked himself in a bathroom with a knife. Repeated efforts to stun the man with a Taser were unsuccessful before the deputy shot him. The man was taken to a hospital and is expected to live.
CENTER CITY, Minn. (AP) - A man charged with killing his neighbor over a lake access dispute has been acquitted in Chisago County. Forty-four-year-old Carl Anderson was facing the possibility of more than two decades in prison had he been found guilty of second-degree murder. Anderson and Johnson lived on adjacent lakefront properties.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Officials in Wisconsin are testing the environmental and health impacts following a frack sand sludge spill that has now reached the Mississippi River. A contactor's bulldozer slid into a pond earlier this week at the Hi-Crush mine in Whitehall. Rescuers emptied 10 million gallons (37.8 million liters) of water and mud into the Trempealeau River tributary to rescue the worker. The Department of Natural Resources is studying the sludge, but test results might take a week to get back.
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