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MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Minnesota Vikings home opener just days away, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning fans to watch out for fake tickets from scalpers and online fraudsters before the game. To avoid getting ripped off, BBB recommends people use a reputable online ticket brokers such as www.nfl.com/tickets or look for online brokers with the BBB seal on their website and research them online at www.bbb.org .
ST. PAUL -- How to increase hunter opportunity and satisfaction during the spring wild turkey season will be the focus of four public discussion meetings hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in late September and October. Spring turkey hunting in Minnesota has grown from 400 hunters harvesting 94 turkeys in 1978 to 47,000 hunters harvesting 11,734 birds in 2015. The record harvest occurred in 2010 when 46,500 hunters took nearly 13,500 turkeys.
ST. PAUL -- Money can't buy happiness, but Minnesotans apparently have a good dose of the things that can. Minnesota is the second happiest state, according the 2015 study by finance website WalletHub. North Dakota wasn’t far behind at No. 5, while South Dakota was at No. 11. The study's organizers say that while money can contribute to someone's happiness up to a certain dollar amount, other elements, such as physical health and job security, are more important.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture have identified tomatoes as the source of the Salmonella Newport outbreak that sickened dozens of people who ate at Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota in mid- to late August. Investigators are still working with state and federal partners to trace the tomatoes back to the farm of origin.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A video from Monday night's Vikings-49ers game shows a handful of San Francisco fans scuffling with and kicking a Vikings fan in the parking lot. The video was posted to Facebook early Tuesday morning by Brandon Cosio, a 49ers fan from the Bay Area. He described the Vikings fan jawing with San Francisco supporters as people made their way to their cars. At one point, the fan turned to a group and said, "Any of you (expletives) want some?" Cosio wrote.
STANLEY, N.D. -- A 1-year-old girl is dead after being struck by a pickup that was backing out of a driveway Thursday near Stanley in northwest North Dakota. The North Dakota Highway Patrol did not release the name of the girl. The driver of the Ford F-150 was identified as Jenice France, 33, of Stanley. As France was backing up, the pickup struck the girl at the right rear of the vehicle. The girl was taken to the Mountrail County Medical Center in Stanley, where she died.
CANTON, SD. -- A man accused of killing Adrian Peterson's biological son is taking his case to trial near Sioux Falls today after a judge made an initial ruling in the case Monday. Judge Brad Zell ruled that the defense team will be allowed to call their own medical experts to the witness stand even though the prosecution calls their testimony, "junk science," according to KELO TV of Sioux Falls.
GLENWOOD, Minn. --A Pope County Sheriff's Office dispatcher has been arrested for allegedly conducting a transaction involving methamphetamine. To avoid a conflict of interest, Pope County Sheriff Tim Riley had asked the West Central Drug Task Force to conduct an investigation, which is underway with assistance from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state Reps. Tim Kelly and Tara Mack relinquished their positions on the House Ethics Committee on Monday and issued apologies in the latest developments for the embattled lawmakers who an officer says he caught “making out” in a car in a Twin Cities park.
BOWLUS, Minn. -- A 12-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy were killed in a two-vehicle, broadside crash at 1:09 p.m. Sunday in Morrison County in central Minnesota. Justin Minnerath, 12, Little Falls, died at the scene of the crash. Jonathan Minnerath, 7, Little Falls, was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, where he was later pronounced dead, Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen reported.