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A Minnesotan remembers D-Day, Venus beats the tax man, and 'bully breed' pups need homes too

Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Minnesotan recalls his role in D-Day
    Of the 160,000 personnel landed on the beaches in France, roughly 73,000 were Americans. One of them was Milton Guion, of Minnesota. Now 89 years of age and living in May Township just outside of Stillwater, Guion was a teenager in the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion.
  • Photos: Coming ashore on D-Day, 1944
    Seventy years after Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Barack Obama returned Friday to the hallowed battleground in what he called a "powerful manifestation of America's commitment to human freedom" that lives on in a new generation. Below are a few photos of what the day looked like.
  • BBC documentary: The D-Day dames
    In the spring of 1944, American women war correspondents gathered in London in anticipation of the D-Day invasion. Women were not allowed to report from the front line, although that did not stop Martha Gellhorn. She returned to London as her marriage to Ernest Hemingway was ending. But it was Gellhorn, who hid on a hospital ship crossing the English Channel, who went ashore and wrote a dramatic account of it. She was subsequently disciplined by the authorities as she had no accreditation.
  • Venus DeMars shows an artist can fight the tax man
    This week, the transgender rock musician learned that she had prevailed in a battle with the Minnesota Department of Revenue, which had determined that she owed the state $3,535 for three years of back taxes.
  • Photos: Dogs with bad reps need homes too
    For the first time, the city of Minneapolis is making so-called "power dogs" available for adoption at its animal shelter. This includes Dobermans, Rottweilers and pit bulls.
  • Somali-Americans who fled civil war confront tribalism in new home
    Many Somalis in Minnesota came to the state to flee a civil war fueled by tribalism. Now, some in the community are fighting against this discrimination against Somalis from different tribes through discourse, music, poetry and dance.
  • Family cries foul at verdict in Minneapolis grocery shooting case
    A Hennepin County jury convicted Zakaria Yusuf of St. Paul of attempted murder, first and second degree assault and illegal possession of a gun. The shooting, which police called gang related, was one of several violent confrontations between young Somali men in Minneapolis last year.
  • Quick DNA tests crack medical mysteries otherwise missed
    Researchers are developing a radical way to diagnose infectious diseases. Instead of guessing what a patient might have, and ordering one test after another, this new technology starts with no assumptions.
  • Environmental groups want Xcel to use tiered energy pricing
    Currently, Xcel charges its residential customers a flat rate per kilowatt hour -- whether they are the type of person who conserves, or one who leaves the lights on all the time. But that doesn't encourage people to save energy, members of the environmental groups say.
  • GM review found 'history of failures' in ignition debacle
    The ignition switch problem has been blamed for at least 13 deaths. While the issue is most closely identified with the Chevrolet Cobalt, the problem spurred a recall of 2.6 million vehicles. The company said last month that it will pay a $35 million fine over how it handled the issue.
  • U.S. finally passes pre-recession jobs total
    Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 217,000 in May, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.
  • Controversial sex offender program faces key moment in court
    A Minnesota state agency soon will have to say in court why it should continue to hold a sex offender who committed his crimes as a juvenile, a federal judge ordered this week. A panel of experts says the man should be released immediately from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.
  • From driveways to Chinese restaurants, Minn. theaters hit the road
    In coming weeks a number of Minnesota theater groups are hitting the road, taking shows far and wide in what likely will be big payoffs for little theaters on the routes. They'll be stopping everywhere from driveways to Chinese restaurants.
  • Tracking road kill? There's an app for that
    A team of scientists at Utah State University have developed tool in the hopes that "citizen scientists" will help them compile a road kill database. "We wanted to call it the Roadkill Reporter," one of them says, but the Utah Department of Transportation asked them to tine that down a little.

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