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MOORHEAD – Women are allowed to breast-feed openly in any public place in Minnesota, according to state law. But at one of this city’s public pools on Thursday, a staff member told Kayla Heller that she better cover up next time after she nursed her 11-month-old daughter, Lila. Heller’s story, shared on social media by her friend, outraged many.
ST. PAUL -- After employers cut 200 jobs in May, Minnesota gained 2,900 jobs last month, the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development said. A DEED release also said the state’s unemployment rate of 3.9 percent remains below the national average of 5.3 percent.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Grand Forks. The report of the virus in mosquitoes falls on the same day North Dakota's first human case was reported. A McLean County female in her 40s has a less severe form of the virus, which can lead to fever, headache and sometimes death, according Michelle Feist, epidemiologist with the North Dakota Department of Health. The woman was not hospitalized for her illness, she added.
Facing felony aiding and abetting theft, Phyllis Elaine Osby appeared in Washington County District Court July 9. The 21-year-old Minneapolis woman allegedly assisted in stealing from Gap, Buy Buy Baby and Gordman's on April 1.
A supercell thunderstorm struck the Brainerd lakes area Sunday night with a force nearly matching a category 1 hurricane. A supercell thunderstorm is potentially the most dangerous of convective storm types, the National Weather Service reports. The storm itself is so powerful it rotates. Supercell storms have the potential to generate violent and long-lived tornadoes and downburst damage.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Polk County District Judge Tamara Yon handed down a 14-year prison term Monday to a Bismarck man convicted of sexually assaulting his young relative. Duane Todd Fettig, 44, pleaded guilty on Monday in Polk County District Court to a count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. – At least one person injured in a collision between a school bus and another vehicle was reported about 7 a.m. Monday morning along Highway 212 east of Granite Falls in west-central Minnesota. Children from the Tri-Valley Opportunity School were on board the bus at the time of the accident. None of the children were seriously injured, according to a Chippewa County sheriff’s deputy at the accident scene.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- About 100 Wal-Mart employees and patrons evacuated the south Grand Forks store late Sunday after a threat of a gunman. Grand Forks police and sheriff’s officers blocked off access to the Wal-Mart at 2551 32nd Ave. S. shortly before 9 p.m. It is the same store that saw a fatal shooting in late May.
A severe storm whipped through the Brainerd lakes area felling countless trees, tearing away docks and damaging homes. An overcast and hot day with a high of 87 degrees gave way to a swirling wind capable of whiplashing trees, snapping giant pines and uprooting others. Some highways were impassable. As the storm was ending, the sun was setting, leaving the extent of the damage hidden in darkness. Power lines were tangled in trees cutting off access to entire neighborhoods north of Brainerd.
Patrick Springer Forum News Service MOORHEAD — The death Thursday of a teenage swimmer gives Minnesotans a grim reminder that a common freshwater parasite can on rare occasions strike with lethal effect when it invades a victim’s brain and causes severe swelling. The parasite, a form of amoeba, was confirmed as the cause of death of two Minnesota children, one in 2010 and another in 2012, and is suspected to be the culprit in the case of a 14-year-old Alexandria boy whose fatal illness came after swimming in Lake Minnewaska in the town of Glenwood in Pope County. The microscopic organism,