- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014
3 Minn. residents die in Canadian plane crash

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Three Minnesota residents have been killed in a plane crash in Canada.

WDIO-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1vrpRmyhttps://bit.ly/1vrpRmy ) the crash happened Friday just south of Kenora on Chappie Lake.

The Ontario Provincial Police and Itasca County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims as 41-year-old Nickolas Ivar Rajala and 40-year-old Teresa Nicola Rajala, both of Cohasset, and 37-year-old Lynn Marie Bohanan of Grand Rapids.

Rescue squads found two in the Cessna 182 dead when they arrived around 4 p.m. and the third seriously injured. But the third victim later died.

The three were staying at an area lodge and were fishing on Chappie Lake for the day.


Intense race for usually obscure auditor’s office

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - When Rebecca Otto scored her first political win, few Democrats reveled in it more than Matt Entenza.

That was 2003, when Otto snatched a Republican-held legislative seat in a special election with the help of a Democratic House caucus led by Entenza. Back then he proclaimed Otto’s win “a political earthquake.”

A decade later, Entenza is seeking a new tremor by knocking off now-State Auditor Otto in a primary that has turned acrimonious and expensive. He’s spending loads of personal money - $675,000 as of Friday - and is driving hard at Otto on some issues barely connected to the office. As Otto defends her two-term record of government oversight, she’s also working to quell discontent in the Democratic stronghold of northeastern Minnesota over her position on exploratory drilling that some saw as anti-mining.

The matchup between the former Macalester College classmates and legislative colleagues developed when Entenza entered the race in the last hour of the last day of candidate filing. Tuesday’s winner moves on to a fall race against Republican Randy Gilbert, the Independence Party’s Patrick Dean and the Grassroots Party’s Judith Schwartzbacker.

Entenza has been out of elective office since he made an ill-fated run for attorney general in 2006. He took a shot at the governor’s office four years later, but finished third in a party primary despite spending millions from a family fortune. Entenza said his past as a white-collar crime prosecutor and his reputation as a watchdog of charter school finances put the auditor’s position right in his wheelhouse.


Bridges key piece to toting big soybean harvest

STOCKLAND, Ill. (AP) - A no-frills concrete bridge on the edge of Stockland, Illinois, represents just the kind of headache the nation’s soybean farmers hope a multimillion-dollar campaign and a little creative thinking will cure.

The 50-feet concrete span and hundreds like it in soybean-growing states can’t handle the weight of fully loaded grain trucks that’ll be bringing an expected record harvest to grain elevators this fall. That means those who use the often small, obscure bridges will have to make more trips and spend more money.

Hauling soybeans to Stockland Grain Co. from the west means crossing the Stockland bridge. It’s restricted to 29 tons or 58,000 pounds; a fully loaded grain trucks weighs 80,000 pounds.

“Basically, it’s probably doubling the freight (cost),” Stockland Grain owner Sonny Metzinger said from his business about 100 miles south of Chicago.

Since farmers’ profits are dropping this year alongside crop prices, bridge-infrastructure needs have come into sharper focus. Most soybeans wind up on a rail car or barge to reach their ultimate destination, but just about all of them leave the farm in trucks that roll over small bridges.


Vikings player shot in calf in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis police were investigating a shooting inside a downtown nightclub that injured 9 people early Saturday, including a Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle.

Linval Joseph went to the 400 SoundBar nightclub sometime after Minnesota’s 10-6 win over the Oakland Raiders in the preseason opener Friday night at TCF Bank Stadium. He was shot in the calf, according to a team statement, which also described him as an innocent bystander and the injury as minor.

Two people with serious injuries were in stable condition Saturday and expected to survive, police spokesman Scott Seroka said. He didn’t know the exact condition of the other seven but described most as having minor injuries.

Police are still looking for the shooter. Seroka expected more information to be released Monday.

Club owner Johann Sfaellos told the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/VaXKr1https://strib.mn/VaXKr1 ) it was a typical night with patrons busy socializing and dancing, with no fights until he heard gunshots.

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