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News Briefs: East Grand Forks police chase bear out of town

The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota.

East Grand Forks police chase bear out of town

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- A bear wandered into East Grand Forks on Friday morning but was eventually chased out by police, according to Officer Kyle Steever.

He said the bear was spotted coming out of the Red River near the Sorlie Bridge downtown around 8:30 a.m.

“He must have came from Grand Forks if he came out of the river. He must have been looking for food or something,” Steever said.

Officers followed the bear’s trail until they found the animal on the 900 block of Third Avenue Northeast, Steever said. Using their squad cars, they corralled the bear through city limits and into the woods on the east side of town.

The bear was seen by many residents, and police received quite a few calls about it.

“It’s very rare that we would see something like that. It’s the first bear my supervisor has seen in 25 years,” Steever said.

EPA lays out plan to restore Great Lakes

DULUTH -- A federal task force led by the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday formally unveiled its updated plan to restore Great Lakes ecosystems and measure progress as it happens.

The federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force released its draft “Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan’’ for public input.

Federal officials from the 11 agencies said the plan will help steer ongoing aspects of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, underway since 2010, with the focus on cleaning up areas of toxic pollution, preventing and controlling invasive species, reducing polluted urban and farm runoff, restoring habitat for fish and wildlife, and addressing climate change.

So far, more than $1.6 billion has been spent to meet those goals. The new plan will cover the effort through 2019.

The draft plan is open for public comments through the summer. A final version will be ready by October. To see the plan, visit

Dayton vetoes online gaming bill

ST. PAUL – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday vetoed a bill that sought to limit online lottery ticket sales.

The Minnesota State Lottery began selling online scratch-off-style games in February, but legislators questioned the authority of lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten to expand Internet gambling.

A bill to prohibit the director of the state lottery from offering casino-style games and suspend the sale of lottery tickets through a website or self-service devices passed the House 126-2 and the Senate 56-5.

In a letter outlining his reasons for the veto, Dayton said state statute gives the state lottery director broad authority to set gaming rules and the office has the authority to respond to changes in technology and public preferences.

“It appears to me that the Executive Director is operating within the scope of his legislatively-established authority,” Dayton wrote.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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