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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota is maintaining its June 20 cutoff for farmers to use the herbicide dicamba, which has been blamed for drifting and damaging neighboring soybean fields. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture imposed the cutoff for 2018 after getting 253 reports of alleged dicamba drift in 2017 affecting some 265,000 acres. Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson said Monday that the restrictions worked well. The affected acres plunged to just over 1,800 in 2018.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A red-tailed hawk that lived for days in the Twin Cities with an arrow lodged in one of its legs has died despite efforts to save its life. The hawk was first spotted Nov. 30. It continued to fly with the arrow in its leg. It was finally captured Wednesday, but the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center couldn't save it. Executive Director Julia Ponder says someone likely intentionally shot the federally protected bird.
CUSHING, Minn. (AP) - Crews have recovered the bodies of two neighbors who died while ice-fishing on a lake in central Minnesota. The fishermen were reported overdue Sunday evening on Fish Trap Lake north of Cushing. Responders found the body of 69-year-old Wayne Vaverek of Cushing, who was pronounced dead at the scene. On Monday dive teams found the body of 71-year-old Leonard Sanoski of Cushing in the enclosed cab of an ATV in about 40 feet of water. Authorities say the incident happened on a pressure ridge.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A court fight over Minnesota's lieutenant governor could end up costing state taxpayers nearly $147,000 in legal fees. The Minnesota Senate is considering whether to absorb the legal fees of former Republican state Sen. Michelle Fischbach. After fighting a lawsuit trying to remove her from office, Fischbach resigned her Senate seat after the Legislature adjourned in May. A Senate subcommittee voted 2-1 Monday to recommend the Senate Rules Committee pay Fischbach's legal costs.
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