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ST. PAUL – Minnesota State Patrol troopers, county deputies and municipal officers will increase their DWI enforcement presence this weekend and next weekend as part of an effort to decrease drunk-driving-related deaths during the Halloween week.
BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House Republican Campaign Committee says a field staff employee who misrepresented himself in a letter to the editor of the Brainerd Dispatch is no longer working for the organization. In his published letter, Stephen Sundquist inferred he intended to vote for DFL candidate Joe Radinovich but was dismayed by the Democrat's public statements and intended to write-in the name of former Aitkin County DFL Chair David Strand.
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.