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ST PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton is considering a special session in August to provide emergency disaster relief to Mille Lacs Lake resorters and other area businesses if the walleye season is closed on one of Minnesota’s largest and most popular sport fishing lakes. Dayton spoke Tuesday with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt about the situation.
PIPESTONE -- Three people died in a plane crash Monday night in Pipestone County. According to information released late Tuesday morning by the Pipestone County Sheriff's Office, found dead at the scene were the pilot, Steven Christensen, 59, of rural Pipestone, and two passengers, Marcos Favela, 18, of Torreon Mexico, and a 13-year-old female from Guadalajara, Mexico. Responders found the small fixed-wing airplane in a cornfield on a waterway near Holland.
The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the drowning death of a 58-year-old Greendale, Wis., man Monday. Richard Dziewit drowned in Lake Vermilion, on the Tower side in Greenwood Township, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “Two people in a boat spotted Dziewit treading water while his boat was running and spinning circles around him,” the news release said.
ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection announced Monday it is recommending three women finalists to Gov. Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the upcoming vacancy on Minnesota’s Supreme Court. This vacancy is occurring upon the retirement of Associate Justice Alan Page on Aug. 31.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office has released the name of a man shot and killed Thursday by a police officer at an Arby’s restaurant in Plymouth, Minn. The man has been identified as 31-year-old Derek Ray Wolfsteller of Plymouth, according to a press release from the medical examiner’s office.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has named seven new members to the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband, which is working to expand high-speed Internet in the state. The group will next meet Aug. 4 at Minnesota Farmfest near Redwood Falls to emphasize the importance of broadband to rural Minnesota.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A 29-year-old man who terrorized the Alexandria, Minn. community while committing a string of armed robberies and sexual assaults 16 months ago has been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison, and officials pledged to keep an eye on him the rest of his life. Michael Warren of Alexandria, dressed in green inmate garb and wearing handcuffs, received the sentence from Judge Ann Carrott in Douglas County District Court Wednesday. Carrott told Warren that his crime spree not only hurt five victims and three businesses, but also had a palpable impact on the community.
GRAND FORKS -- A high-risk sex offender living in Oklee, Minn., will spend a year and a day behind bars after he didn't register his address with authorities, according to the Red Lake County Sheriff's Office. Christopher Daniel Wayne Rux, 37, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to violating registration requirements for predatory offenders, a felony, in Red Lake County District Court. Rux was considered a level 3 predatory offender at the time the Red Lake County Sheriff's Office opened an investigation int
TOWER, Minn. -- Spiny waterfleas have been confirmed in Lake Vermilion, one of Minnesota’s most scenic lakes, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Monday.
ST. PAUL -- After reporting the lowest number of traffic deaths since 1944 last year, 201 people have lost their lives on Minnesota roads so far this year. That’s a 21 percent increase compared with 166 deaths this time last year Driver inattention/distraction is quickly becoming the No. 1 contributing factor to multiple vehicle traffic deaths, surpassing speed.