- Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015
Appeals Court: Radio collars on bears amount to possession

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Attaching a radio collar to a bear so it can be remotely tracked requires a permit because it amounts to possession under Minnesota’s fish and game laws, the state Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

The ruling comes in the case of Lynn Rogers, an Ely-based researcher who gained international attention for his work, which included placing cameras in the dens of black bears in northern Minnesota to stream live video of births to huge online audiences.

Rogers, who is chairman of both the Wildlife Research Institute and the North American Bear Center, has been studying bears for years, getting close enough to hand-feed them, put collars on them and even take their pulse.

In 2013, the Department of Natural Resources refused to renew his permit to collar the bears, citing public safety concerns after reports that bears were approaching humans for food and not easily turned away. Rogers sued, and the case ultimately went to the appeals court.

The DNR reasoned that a permit is required because possession happens when a bear has a collar that gives researchers continued access and leaves the animal “unable to avoid the continued human intervention.”


American Pharoah won’t run at Minnesota’s Canterbury Park

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) - Canterbury Park officials say Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will not run in the Mystic Lake Derby next month.

The Shakopee track had hoped to lure American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, by boosting the purse to $2 million.

But Canterbury’s vice president of racing operations, Eric Halstrom, tells the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1dWvz8Ihttps://strib.mn/1dWvz8I ) he spoke over the weekend with the horse’s trainer, Bob Baffert, and Justin Zayat, son of owner Ahmed Zayat. Halstrom says both “respectfully declined” Canterbury’s offer.

Ahmed Zayat announced last month that American Pharoah will resume racing Aug. 1 in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park.

The Aug. 29 Mystic Lake Derby will offer its original purse of $200,000.


Kahn, Carlson crack record for longest House tenure

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Two Minnesota lawmakers are now the longest-serving members of the House of Representatives.

Reps. Phyllis Kahn and Lyndon Carlson were sworn into office in January 1973. On Monday, they broke a record for longest service in the House set by Rep. Willard Munger from Duluth. Munger served in the House for 15,532 days.

Kahn is a Minneapolis Democrat. Carlson is a fellow Democrat from Crystal. They’re serving their 22nd terms in the Legislature.

Three Minnesota lawmakers still have Kahn and Carlson beat for the most days clocked at the Legislature overall, thanks to terms in the House and Senate. The pair of Democrats could break those records if they serve into 2017.

Both Democrats say they plan to run for re-election in 2016.


Twin Cities homes sold at record pace last month

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Houses in the Twin Cities metro sold at a record pace last month.

According to a monthly report from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, both closed and pending sales reached 10-year highs.

With buyers outpacing sellers in some parts of the metro area, houses on average sold in an unprecedented 66 days.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1fDUWxVhttps://strib.mn/1fDUWxV ) reports in the 13-county metro area, there were 6,928 closings last month, a 22 percent increase over last year. New listings rose only 4.6 percent, leading the total inventory of listings at the end of the month to slip 9.4 percent.

Mortgage rates remain near historic lows. Facing the threat of higher home prices and rising mortgage rates, buyers are more motivated than they were last year at this time.

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