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ONAMIA—Three people were recently charged for drug crimes after law enforcement seized more than 8 grams of heroin and more than 7 grams of methamphetamine in Onamia. Officers from the Great Nations Gang and Drug Task Force along with officers from the Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant March 10 on Virgo Road in Onamia. Besides seizing the drugs, agents also found several firearms and stolen property from recent burglaries. An additional search warrant was drafted to take custody of these items.
The first laker of the season to leave Duluth, the Edwin H. Gott, passes under the Aerial Lift Bridge at about 4 a.m. Tuesday bound for Two Harbors to take on a load of iron ore. The 1,004-foot ship reached Two Harbors on Tuesday afternoon and, after loading, will head east across Lake Superior to the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., which open for the season on Friday. The Michipicoten was slated to reach Duluth early this morning to pick up a load of iron ore, which would make it the first freighter of the 2016 shipping season to arrive in the Twin Ports.
FOSSTON, Minn. -- Two separate GoFundMe pages have been created to help two Fosston teenagers injured Saturday in a bonfire accident. Last Friday, 18-year-old Savannah Munter and her cousin, 16-year-old Allen Halland , were both critically injured while attempting to pour gasoline onto a bonfire, according to the GoFundMe pages set up by Halland’s cousin Robin Anderson.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have decided to immediately complete three group spaces in U.S. Bank Stadium that had been planned for future development, the team announced Monday.
WINONA, Minn. -- St. Mary’s University and the Winona Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing St. Mary’s student. The university said Luke Ringhand, 21, has been missing from the Winona campus since early Monday morning. The university, working with Winona police, said there was reason to be concerned about Ringhand’s safety and whereabouts. The senior philosophy major is from Ironton, Minn.
ST. PAUL -- Negotiators will need to work out Iron Range Unemployment benefit differences between Republicans who control the House and Democrats who hold a Senate majority. Senators on Monday rejected 40-25 a House-passed bill that links extended range unemployment benefits to reforming a trust fund that provides those benefits. "I am livid..." Sen. David Tomassoni, D-Chisholm, said. "This should have been done in November."
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Senate Democrats put high priorities on ending the state's teacher shortage, increasing the number of school counselors and expanding schooling for 4 year olds. The senators announced their plan Monday, including offering student loan forgiveness and other financial incentives to attract new teachers.
EAGAN, Minn. – A Minnesota state trooper helped rescue a bald eagle that was hit by a vehicle Sunday, March 20, on Interstate 494 in Eagan. The trooper - identified by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as Paul Kingery - was able to subdue the raptor and transport it to be treated for its injuries. Here's the full report that the Patrol posted on Facebook:
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The man shot down Thursday morning by Burnsville police after a confrontation in a McDonald’s parking lot has been identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office. Map Kong, 38, of Chaska, was shot by officers after brandishing a weapon in the restaurant parking lot about 6:15 a.m. Police were called to the scene at the corner of Washburn Avenue and State Highway 13 and shot Kong after a brief altercation.
AITKIN — The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a flood warning for the Mississippi River affecting Aitkin and Crow Wing counties. Spring snowmelt along with rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches earlier this week have resulted in strong rises on the Mississippi River. River gauges in the upper Mississippi Headwaters show many tributaries were cresting Friday.