- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014
Republicans decline to endorse Rep. Loon

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republican delegates in Eden Prairie have declined to endorse state Rep. Jenifer Loon, one of four House Republicans who voted in favor of same-sex marriage.

At their convention Saturday, the Eden Prairie delegates decided not to endorse anyone for the 48B District race.

Loon tells Minnesota Public Radio News (https://bit.ly/1fcLTQBhttps://bit.ly/1fcLTQB ) she knows her vote played a role in her endorsement, but she doesn’t regret it. She says she recognizes same-sex marriage is a sensitive and divisive issue and she intends to run in the primary.

The other three Republicans who voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriages are Reps. David FitzSimmons of Albertville, Pat Garofalo of Farmington and Andrea Kieffer of Woodbury.

FitzSimmons lost his party’s endorsement, and Kieffer is not seeking re-election.

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East Grand Forks wins Class 1A boys hockey crown

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - East Grand Forks didn’t let a slow start get in the way of a school first.

Grant Loven had a goal and three assists as the Green Wave beat Hermantown 7-3 in the Class 1A Boys Hockey Championship on Saturday.

It’s the first hockey title for East Grand Forks, which scored five times in the second period.

“This is something you dream about when you’re 5 years old and step onto the ice for the first time,” said Reed Corbin, who had a goal and two assists.

It was another year of heartbreak for Hermantown. The Hawks have lost five straight title games.

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Deep snow, cold takes toll on swans, ducks

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - This year’s deep snow and extreme cold have taken a toll on Minnesota wildlife - especially swans and other waterfowl that can’t find open water on the state’s many frozen lakes.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota is treating birds that have come in with injuries, Minnesota Public Radio News reported (https://bit.ly/1gfZnr4https://bit.ly/1gfZnr4 ).

Veteran Agnes Hutchinson recently corralled one of about a half dozen of the birds. She said the swans and other birds are having difficulty finding open water.

“They have to stand on ice a lot more than they usually would have to. And that’s really hard on their feet,” Hutchinson said as she wrapped a swan in towels. He “probably got caught without anywhere to go and protect his feet, and he just got frostbitten.”

Center director Phil Jenni said birds are also starving because they can’t find a food source on land. And, when there is no open water, birds are also more vulnerable to attack from raptors and other predators.

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Historians seek revival of studying the Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A quick glance of the history departments of universities in the Midwest will reveal courses of study ranging from the American South to Asian, European and African cultures - even gender and race.

What you’re not likely to find is a course on Midwest history.

“I think parents in the Midwest would be shocked to know that they’re paying all of this money for a college education, and their children are learning almost nothing about their own Midwestern roots,” said Jon Lauck, author of “The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History.”

Historians have delved into topics such as race relations in the South over the past 50 years, but the industrialization of agriculture and Native American relations have received comparatively little coverage, he said, leading to a dearth of an overall Midwest historical account over the past 50 years.

Lauck and his fellow historians in the Midwestern History Working Group believe the region’s contemporary history needs to be catalogued. To that end, the coalition is launching a new online academic journal of Midwest history next month and a new Midwest history association this fall - the first in decades with that sole focus.

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