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ST. PAUL -- Troy Reinke may have killed a record-setting buck last month in southeastern Minnesota. Goodhue County prosecutors on Thursday offered another description of the kill: poaching. The Cannon Falls man was charged with 13 counts, including gross over-limits of wild animals, after allegedly shooting the deer without a license or tags. The charges carry a maximum penalty more than five years in a jail and a $19,000 fine. Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Tyler Quandt said the eight-pointer had a gross score of 190 and five-eighths inches.
Several years ago, the chair of the University of Minnesota Journalism Department felt me out about whether or not I would like to join its faculty as a writing teacher. I replied that sounded great, thinking about its famous grads, like Harry Reasoner, Eric Severaid, Max Shulman, et al. "Good," said the chair. "It'll be a tough sell, getting you accepted by the department?" How so, I asked. "You don't have any publications," he replied. "I most certainly do.
It's time to roll out several summer reading books, including Lisa Gardner's "The Neighbor" (Bantam, $25). South Boston has always fascinated me, ever since movies like "Good Will Hunting" and "Mystic River." Gardner ("The Killing Hour)" sets her new novel in the world of the "Southie." A housewife, Sandra Jones, from South Boston turns up missing, leaving behind only a four-year-old daughter and her husband, Jason, who seems determined to destroy evidence of his wife's existence. Detective Sgt. D.D.
A wag of my acquaintance once said that word processors are ruining the art of biography. He explained that it's so easy to type on them (no carriage return, no worries of hyphenation, etc.), that "if Moses had one, there'd be 17 commandments rather than 10." In some ways it's true. Back in the 18th century, Dr. Samuel Johnson wrote wonderfully perceptive and readable biographies of writers like Richard Savage in about 50 modern-day pages. But even before the advent of the word processor the modern taste for detail led to biographers piling more and more detail into their work.
Any who has ever dug into a fish dinner at Afton, Minnesota's Catfish Saloon, or licked an ice cream cone from the town's storied ice cream parlor will most certainly want to pick up a copy of "Death Row" ($17.99), by Hal Barnes, available in bookstores and through Lulu.com. And if you've never sampled the culinary delights of the beautiful little town pick one up anyway because it's a crackling good mystery, chockfull of international intrigue and contemporary concerns. Barnes, a Twin Cities business writer, lives in Afton and his infectious enthusiasm for the neighborhood shows.
Hastings police officer Anthony Miller will appear in a Wisconsin courtroom next week to enter a plea on possession of child pornography charges. Miller waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, and a Wisconsin judge ruled there was sufficient probable cause to move the case forward to the arraignment hearing, which will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in St. Croix County court. In addition to the possession of child pornography charge, Miller is facing a second charge of sexual exploitation of a child.
The Hastings Police Department is in the midst of an internal investigation into the conduct of police officer Anthony Miller, who is currently facing a charge of possession of child pornography. Miller is on paid administrative leave from the department, which is standard procedure when an officer is charged with a crime. In addition to the child pornography charge, Miller is facing a second charge of sexual exploitation of a child. Both are felonies and carry a combined maximum sentence of 65 years in prison and a $200,000 fine.
Information released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice revealed the Hastings police officer charged with possessing child pornography allegedly searched for it while on duty. Anthony Miller, an 11-year veteran of the Hastings Police Department, was arrested at his home in New Richmond, Wis., Tuesday and charged Thursday afternoon in Hudson with possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child. Miller was booked into St.
Powerful military nation decides its time to teach a lesson to small Moslem nation, certain that its people will welcome the enlightened country's victory over outmoded religious country whose time had come and gone centuries before. Strangely, the little Moslem nation didn't take kindly to the incursion from Big Brother and threw the big guy for loss after loss. Does this sound familiar? Of course. Only problem is that the countries about which historian Paul Strathern writes in his new book are 19th century countries, France and Egypt.
Joseph E. Peterson, age 68, of Hastings, passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008. A graduate from Roberts High School in Roberts, Wis., he went on to own and operate his own business, J.P. Exteriors. He is preceded in death by his son, Christopher; and his parents, Vernon and Esther Peterson.