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DULUTH, Minn. -- Charges have been dropped against a former Duluth man who was accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a preteen girl over more than three years. Kenyon Ray Graves, 52, of Mitchell, S.D., faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in St. Louis County court. However, prosecutor Nate Stumme dropped the charge Wednesday, saying that new evidence raised serious doubt about Graves' guilt and would have made the case impossible to prove.
ST. PAUL -- An organization opposed to wolf hunting launched a petition drive Wednesday in hopes of killing this year's season. Pointing to a state report showing a 700 wolf population decline in five years, Howling for Wolves founder Maureen Hackett called the situation "alarming." "We need to act as stewards of our state's wildlife and protect our wolf population for future generations," added Keith Blomstrom, a National Wildlife Federation member.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service says crops are behind in the region. Nowhere is the difference between 2013 and 2012 more stark than in southern South Dakota. NASS says below-normal temperatures are slowing crop development, but had improved range and pasture conditions. Topsoil moisture in the state is rated 72 percent adequate to surplus, while subsoil moisture was rated 67 percent adequate to surplus.
FARMINGTON, Minn. -- A runaway bull caused injuries to several visitors to the Dakota County Fair on Wednesday night. The bull escaped from his pen, then broke through the gates...
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. -- The future of renewable fuels is more of the same, but different. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson reminded those at Farmfest this week that years ago...
Same-sex couples are filing for divorce in Minnesota less than a week after same-sex marriages became legal in the state. Dawn Tuckner and her former partner were married in Canada...
Chances for new 5-year bill in 2013 diminishing as leaders push action off until September.
ROSHOLT -- A decade ago, Heartland Organic Foods Inc. was a busy, regional player in the organic grain export market. Today, the company is defunct, its equipment standing topsy-turvy along a rail spur on a county road that runs through the small village near Victor in the northeast corner of South Dakota.