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ST. PAUL -- A key Minnesota driver's license official says the state may not be able to meet federal guidelines by Oct. 1, meaning some people could be forced to get new licenses before their old ones expire. Dawn Olson of the state Motor and Vehicle Services department told a House committee Monday that setting up new rules may not be possible to complete by fall. The committee voted 7-4 to advance to bill to another panel.
HILLMAN, Minn. -- A 14-year-old boy was killed Saturday when the dirt bike he was driving struck the back of a tractor near Hillman in central Minnesota. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office responded to the fatality at 4:19 p.m. and identified the victim as Damian Hebler of Hillman. Hebler was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor, Kylee Hoheisel, 23, Hillman, was not injured.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton honored three Minnesota “Water Heroes” for their efforts in protecting and improving the water quality and availability in Minnesota as part of his Water Action Week that culminated with Earth Day on Friday. Dayton honored Patty Hall, Dave Legvold, and Randall Hogan in a ceremony Friday, and encouraged Minnesotans to learn from their actions.
BEMIDJI -- A Coffee and Canvas program will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 5 at G & A Pottery Co., 311 Third St. NW. Attendees will paint a canvas with artist Susan Kedzie while enjoying a cup of coffee. All supplies are included. This is an adult only program. Cost is $25. For more information or to register, visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us or call (218) 333-1850.
ST. PAUL -- By voluntarily purchasing a $5 walleye stamp, anglers can support a walleye stocking program that broadens the distribution of lakes where anglers can pursue Minnesota’s state fish.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating a shooting where a man who rammed an Austin police officer’s vehicle was shot and injured by a city officer during a high speed chase. The incident Wednesday night about 8 p.m. started after a report of erratic driving. Two Austin officers and a Mower County deputy responded to the call.
ST. PAUL -- A recent inspection sweep of gas pumps across Minnesota uncovered nine credit card skimmers used to steal card information. The sweep occurred over a three week period at more than 1,000 gas stations across the state, a Department of Commerce press release said. The exact locations were not released due to open investigations being conducted, but department spokesman Ross Corson said skimmers were found at pumps mostly along the I-90 and I-35 corridors in southern Minnesota, although the Twin Cities also was affected.
A jury in the trial of Fredrick William Bachman found him not guilty of murder and arson charges related to the death of James Schwartzbauer, 57, and a house fire which occurred May 31, 2013 in Lake Hattie Township. Bachman was charged with felony first degree murder, second degree murder, first degree manslaughter and first degree arson. Monday was the final day of witness testimony with closing arguments taking place Tuesday morning. The jury deliberated approximately eight hours before arriving at the decision Tuesday evening.
POWDER ISLAND, Ont. — Police say a body found on Powder Island on Lake of the Woods has been identified as Keith Ayers, who disappeared six months ago in a boating accident on the lake. Officers from the Kenora Department of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to a report of a deceased male about 6 p.m. Tuesday being located on the shoreline of Powder Island on Lake of the Woods.
LAKE SHORE, Minn. -- A state lawmaker from Lake Shore said a campaign contribution that appears to violate state campaign finance law happened because he confused his campaign checkbook with his personal checkbook. A $500 contribution from the campaign committee of state Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, was listed by the campaign of Jason Lewis, a GOP candidate for U.S. Congress in the Minnesota's 2nd District, on its April first-quarter filings to the Federal Election Commission.