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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Northland auto dealership owner is accused of defrauding a bank of $1.5 million. Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Jodi Anne Montavon, of Grand Rapids, exaggerated the cost of vehicles in her inventory at Montavon Motors Ford dealership in Grand Rapids. That allowed her to borrow more money from American Bank of North than the cars were worth.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A school bus has tipped over on a slippery road near Little Falls, sending six students to the hospital with minor injuries. The Morrison County sheriff's office says the bus driver lost control on a sharp curve around 7:15 a.m. Thursday. The bus was carrying 15 students, mostly middle school age and younger from the Little Falls area. No major injuries were reported, but six students were taken by ambulance to St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls to be checked for possible injuries.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An unusual nasty mix of a hurricane and a winter storm that forecasters are now calling "Frankenstorm" is likely to blast most of the East Coast next week, focusing the worst of its weather mayhem around New York City and New Jersey. Government forecasters on Thursday upped the odds of a major weather mess, now saying there's a 90 percent chance that the East will get steady gale-force winds, heavy rain, flooding and maybe snow starting Sunday and stretching past Halloween on Wednesday. Meteorologists say it is likely to cause $1 billion in damages.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota doctor took offense when a patient's son posted critical remarks about him on some rate-your-doctor websites, including a comment by a nurse who purportedly called the physician "a real tool." So Dr. David McKee had an unusually aggressive response: He sued the son for defamation. The Duluth neurologist's improbable case has advanced all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court, which is weighing whether the lawsuit should go to trial.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legislation that allowed local governments to direct excess property tax dollars from tax-increment financing districts into other private developments was supposed to kick-start construction hiring in Minnesota, but an examination published Wednesday found evidence of job creation was spotty at best, even as many companies cashed in on the new law.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Agencies are increasing the reward for finding the arsonist who started the northwestern Minnesota wildfire that destroyed several homes in Karlstad. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday the reward has been increased to $8,500. Fire investigators have determined the Karlstad fire was probably arson. And they say other recent fires in the area also are likely arson and may have been started by the same suspects. The Karlstad fire started about 2 p.m. on Sept. 30 in Marshall County and destroyed 11 homes.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Just how will the new Minnesota Vikings stadium effect the environment in downtown Minneapolis? Planners have begun an environmental review of the potential effects of the project, including traffic during and after construction, air and water quality, and the impact of the stadium lights.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A southeastern Minnesota hog farmer has agreed to pay a $14,000 penalty for discharging manure into waters that flow into the Zumbro River. Craig Benedix owns a 3,000-head swine facility near Mantorville, northwest of Rochester. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says he pumped manure from a storage pit to an adjacent field of standing corn last October. The manure then flowed from the field into nearby waterways.
ATLANTA (AP) — Expert government advisers want every pregnant woman to get a whooping cough vaccination. It's only the second time a vaccine has been recommended during pregnancy. Flu shots are also recommended for pregnant women. The aim of the whooping cough shot is to protect newborns, who are too young to get the vaccine. The panel's vote was a reaction to the resurgence in whooping cough. The nation is on track to have the worst year for whooping cough since the 1950s. There have been more than 32,000 cases, including 16 deaths, this year.
BEMIDJI – Four duck hunters were rescued after their boat capsized Monday evening on Three Island Lake north of Bemidji. According to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, the boat capsized about 200 yards from shore near the Wood Haven Resort in Port Hope Township. They were floundering in the water near their boat in 10 to 12 feet of water.