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ANNANDALE, Minn. -- A 74-year-old Annandale man has died in a head-on crash with a dump truck in Wright County northwest of the Twin Cities about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. The man’s name will be released Wednesday. His van veered into the wrong lane and hit the dump truck head-on, said the Minnesota State Patrol.
STURGIS, S.D.—Attendance is up at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota by about 2.5 percent through the first four days of the nine-day event. As of late Monday, Aug. 6, 221,127 visitors had arrived in the picturesque city compared to 215,744 last year. Saturday was the big day, with 60,119 people arriving for the 78th annual event, which was up 10.8 percent from last year. Sunday was a little slower, bringing the overall number down.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn.—Maybe it's just a breather, but the long-simmering controversy between the R.D. Offutt Farms' potato field expansion project and environmentalists concerned about groundwater and lake pollution may have come to an end or at least reached a turning point.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced Tuesday, July 31, that she will be filing a lawsuit this week to block online publication of 3D-printed gun blueprints. “Proliferation of untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns is a threat to our public safety,” said Swanson, who is running for governor this year. The guns have no serial code and wouldn’t be picked up by metal detectors at all kinds of safety checkpoints.
SIOUX FALLS -- A Sioux Falls prisoner who was accidentally released on Monday because he had the same name as another inmate that was supposed to be set free has turned himself in. Adrian Ray Watson, 28, of Sioux Falls returned to the Minnehaha County Jail on Thursday, July 26, about 11 p.m. He was being held on $2,500 bail, but jail officials made an error and released him. He was in jail on charges of assault and robbery.
LAKE SHORE, Minn. -- A 55-year-old Wisconsin woman was arrested Tuesday, July 24, following a crash in which the vehicle she was driving started on fire in northern Minnesota and she was pulled to safety by a nearby resident.
ST. PAUL -- Absentee voting, where Minnesotans can cast their ballots from home or at their county courthouses, is up 150 percent this year so far compared to 2016, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. As of Thursday, July 26, 29,657 voters have cast ballots compared to 11,806 in 2016. In the first year it was available in 2014, 9,062 people had voted by this time.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's financial health appears to be in top shape, according to two national bond rating agencies and Gov. Mark Dayton. In separate announcements on Wednesday, July 25, two national bond rating agencies — Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor's — gave the state its highest bond rating of "AAA."
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 28-year-old inmate who was wrongly released from a county jail in Sioux Falls because he had the same name as another prisoner is still on the run more than a day later. Adrian Ray Watson was accidentally freed from the Minnehaha County Jail on Monday, July 23, when staff mixed him up with another prisoner by the same name who was to be released on a personal recognizance bond ordered by the court.. Both of the men were from Sioux Falls.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Children requiring intensive in-patient psychiatric care will no longer have to travel out of state. The Minnesota Department of Health said in a release that a Duluth facility, called the Northwood Children’s Services Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, is now providing mental health services in a non-hospital setting for up to 48 children under age 21.