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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota's walleye, pike and lake trout opener is just around the corner — on May 11 — and the state's lakes are still stacked with several inches of ice. Weather and lake observers agree there's still time for the ice to melt, but time's running out and some, including fishing guides in northern Minnesota, are worried. Wisconsin's fishing opener is a week earlier, giving the ice there even less time to melt.


DULUTH, Minn. — Smelt on a stick. Smelt heads. Even a smelt king and queen. For the second year in a row, Duluth is throwing a party to celebrate an annual rite of spring — the smelt run.


CLARKSVILLE, Mo. — The fast-rising Mississippi River was making travel difficult Saturday, both on the river and for those simply trying to get across it. The Mississippi, Missouri and other Midwestern rivers in at least six states have surged since torrential rains drenched the region over the last few days. At least two deaths are blamed on flash flooding and a third was suspected, while crews in Indiana were searching for a man whose car was swept away. By Jim Suhr And Jim Salter.

AP Photos MOJR102, MOJR101, IADAV102, ILLAS510, ILLAS511, INKOK105, ILQHW101, ILQHW103, MOJR106, MOJR104, MOJR105, MOJR103.


MADISON LAKE, Minn. —For 36 years Mary and Dennis Buschkowsky have been in charge of gathering one piece of important information used by state climatologists and a New York scientist who has spent decades studying global warming. For the most part, as spring weather starts winning its bout with winter by pushing the cold air north, their job is easy. The Buschkowskys can sit at their kitchen table and look out over Madison Lake. If there's ice in the bay, their job is done for the day. As that ice melts away, though, their annual job becomes more challenging. By Dan Nienaber, The Free Press. An AP Member Exchange Feature moved in advance for use Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, and thereafter.


ROCHESTER, Minn. — Michael Christie is a maestro on the move. At 38, he's the music director of the Minnesota Opera, one of the nation's top companies. He's also wrapping up eight years as music director of the Phoenix Symphony, leads the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, guest-conducts orchestras around the world, and last year was on the cover of Opera News magazine, which in the opera world is like being the cover model on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Aside from all that, he's the doting father of a 4-year-old and keeps the household running while his wife completes a medical fellowship at Mayo. By Jay Furst, Post-Bulletin. An AP Member Exchange Feature moved in advance for use Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, and thereafter.

AP Photo of April 18: MNROC101.


— JOB APPLICATIONS-CRIMINAL HISTORY — In a nod to second chances, the Minnesota Senate has approved a bill that would bar employers from asking about a person's criminal history on job applications.

— COLLEGE EXECUTIVES-BONUSES — The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has decided to eliminate performance-based bonuses for its executives.

— MINNESOTA-APRIL CHILL — A storm that left 17.7 inches of snow in the city of Duluth is followed by record low temperatures.



CHICAGO — With somewhat milder weather in the forecast, the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins will try again to get one in after Friday's game was postponed. Jake Peavy starts for the White Sox with Vance Worley pitching for the Twins. Game starts 2:05 p.m. CDT. With hometown lead on losing team. AP Photos.

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