Board games aren't bored games, and card games aren't for clowns. That's what we keep telling ourselves, anyway. With winter well underway it's time to be indoorsy, and what better way to do that than by getting overly competitive with loved ones? The self-described nerds of the newsroom have compiled their favorite ways to gather around a table with family and friends for hours of entertainment through the cold days and, why not, the warm ones when they return. Let the games begin. * * * Card games, cribbage and garbage
DULUTH, Minn.—A German shipping company whose vessel was detained offshore from Duluth for six weeks late last year has been slapped with $1 million in penalties after its owners pleaded guilty to dumping oily wastewater into the Great Lakes. Officials of the company, MST of Schnaittenbach, Germany, pleaded guilty on Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Joan N. Ericksen in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Minnesota district.