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MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota River "strains under pressure from its geology, surrounding land use and changing climate," the state Pollution Control Agency reports after an extensive study. The MPCA reported on Monday, Oct. 2, that the river faces water quality issues from sediment that clouds the water, phosphorus that contributes to algae growth and nitrogen and bacteria that pose health risks.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a Minnesota case challenging a state law that allows sex offenders to remain locked up indefinitely. The court announced Monday, Oct. 2, that it will not take up the case. In not hearing it, the court allows an early 2017 ruling by a federal appeals court to stand. The appeals decision overturned a lower court decision that found the sex offender program unconstitutional. The appeals ruling removed requirements for immediate changes.
BENSON, Minn. — A crash early Saturday morning near Benson has claimed three lives. The three were identified by family and friends on social media this past weekend as Dylan Peterson of Benson; Austin Ardoff, of Willmar, formerly of Clara City; and Autumn Nicole McLain of Willmar. The three were together in a vehicle that collided with another vehicle at a township road intersection just southeast of Benson. The crash was reported to the Swift County Sheriff's Office at about 5 a.m. Saturday.
GRAND FORKS — Pheasant hunters in North Dakota can expect to cover more ground this fall. Hammered by a severe winter that affected survival and summer drought conditions that hampered production, pheasant numbers are down. North Dakota's pheasant season opens Saturday, Oct. 7.
AUDUBON, Minn. — A suspect sustained multiple gunshot wounds in a shootout with law enforcement officers that occurred following a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 10 in Becker County late Thursday night, Sept. 28. Neither the identity of the suspect nor his condition was known. No officers were injured.
AUDUBON, Minn. – A large police presence on U.S. Highway 10 right outside this small Becker County town on Thursday evening, Sept. 28, followed what witnesses described as a police chase. WDAY-TV reported that police scanner traffic suggested the pursuit ended with an officer-involved shooting. This information, however, had not been confirmed by authorities as of press time. The condition of any potential victims was unknown.
BISMARCK—The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline donated $15 million to the state of North Dakota to help pay for the response to the monthslong protests against the project, Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday, Sept. 28. The donation from Dakota Access LLC was wired to the state-owned Bank of North Dakota Thursday afternoon and will be used to pay down loans taken out by the state Department of Emergency Services.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A St. Paul man was charged with first-degree possession of marijuana after $400,000 worth of pot was allegedly found in the vehicle he was driving in Clay County in far western Minnesota. According to a complaint filed in Clay County District Court: A Minnesota state trooper was on patrol about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, when he saw a truck with Oregon plates veer over the fog line on Interstate 94.
OTTERTAIL, Minn. — A potato truck was struck by a train in Ottertail Wednesday morning, Sept. 27, pushing the truck along the tracks for several yards before coming to a stop.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — A 15-year-old girl suffered injuries after the school bus she was riding in hit a culvert Tuesday, Sept. 26, in St. Louis County. The Minnesota State Patrol said Natalie Fultz was taken to Ely Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She was riding in a school bus driving by Kevin Bernard Burzynski, 47, of Hibbing.