- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Investigators comb area where student was found

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) - Police in Moorhead say investigators are combing the area where the body of a North Dakota State University student was found.

Lt. Tory Jacobson with the Moorhead Police Department says officers are using daylight to ensure they find any items that belonged to 18-year-old Thomas Bearson.

Bearson’s remains were found Tuesday outside a recreational vehicle store in south Moorhead. He was last seen at a party Saturday in Fargo.

Jacobson says any of Bearson’s belongings found at the scene could help investigators determine why and how the student got to the area.

Police on Wednesday declined to give more details on the investigation, including the condition of Bearson’s body when it was found.

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GOP senators probe Democrat’s role at nonprofit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State Senate Republicans on Wednesday announced an ethics complaint against a powerful Democrat, questioning whether he and his wife were among the beneficiaries of a Minneapolis nonprofit that spent more than $800,000 in taxpayer dollars on trips and personal expenses.

At question is Sen. Jeff Hayden’s spot on the board of Community Action Minneapolis, which was found in an audit to have misused state grants meant to help low-income people in Minneapolis. Hayden’s wife, Terri, served on the board as his designee.

Republican Senate Minority Leader David Hann said he and his colleagues asked for an investigation to determine if Hayden used his position for personal gain and violated Senate ethical rules. Hann also criticized Hayden and other board members for failing in their oversight as the nonprofit’s frivolous expenses ballooned.

“Either it’s incompetence or it’s corruption,” he said.

In a statement responding to the complaint, Hayden said he’s confident any ethical review will “demonstrate clearly that my conduct was lawful and ethical and in no way violated the rules or norms of the Senate.”

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DNR rules against Minnesota bear researcher

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources has affirmed its decision to deny a permit to for putting radio collars on black bears to a Minnesota researcher who has gained international attention for his work.

In a decision announced Wednesday, DNR administrator Kent Lokkesmoe backed an administrative law judge who ruled in May that the state agency had the authority to refuse to renew Lynn Rogers’ permit for collaring the bears. The DNR had cited concerns about public safety and conduct by Rogers that it considered unprofessional, such as hand-feeding bears to gain their trust. The department also questioned the validity of his research.

“Dr. Rogers is not precluded from feeing bears or interacting with them. Education about bears can continue. What he cannot do is radio-collar bears without a permit from the Department,” Lokkesmoe wrote in the order, which was filed late Tuesday.

Rogers, who also has placed cameras in northern Minnesota bear dens to stream live video of births to huge international audiences online, said he had long expected the state agency to rule against him. He said that he now plans to ask the Minnesota Court of Appeals to review the decision.

DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr made his agency’s initial decision last year not to renew Rogers’ permit. After a public outcry from the researcher’s followers, he agreed to submit the case to an administrative law judge for a trial-like proceeding.

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Judge OKs Minnesota teen move in school bomb plot

WASECA, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota teen accused of plotting to kill his family and classmates will be transferred to a new facility.

Judge Gerald Wolf granted the request to move the 17-year-old to the Prairie Lakes Youth Program’s secure facilities in Willmar. The teen has been at a juvenile facility in Red Wing since his arrest in April.

The judge says the Willmar facility will give the boy access to a psychologist and a nurse practitioner who can prescribe medications, if needed. The judge ordered the boy’s parents to help pay for medical treatment for their son.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the defense attorney had no comment after Wednesday’s hearing.

Earlier this month, prosecutors asked a state appeals court to reinstate attempted murder charges against the teen.

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