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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — An American eel — far, far away from its natural home in the North Atlantic Ocean — was found in a southwest Minnesota lake late last month. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries workers conducting a lake survey on Cottonwood Lake about 16 miles southwest of Granite Falls captured a female, 37.4 inch American eel in their trapnet late last month.
BISMARCK—The former head of the Minnesota Department of Transportation will take on the same role in North Dakota, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, July 7. Thomas Sorel, the Minnesota transportation commissioner from 2008 to 2012, has been appointed director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Burgum announced. He succeeds Grant Levi, who retired in May after almost four decades in the department.
ST. PAUL — innesota Gov. Mark Dayton could not land a motel room for his Saturday, July 9 fishing trip, but he hopes to reel in a bass. And maybe a muskie. "I tried to get a hotel, motel reservation for tomorrow night, and they were booked," Dayton told reporters Thursday. "So, that's a good sign."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Names of have been released in the ATV rollover accident that injured several children, including two seriously, on Sunday near Bass Lake near Detroit Lakes. According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Department, the driver, 14-year-old Cael Eysted of Morris, Minn., and passenger 13-year-old Chalee Eysted, also of Morris, were airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale near the Twin Cities.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- A Rosemount, Minn., man was arrested on suspicion of his 10th drunken-driving offense Tuesday in western Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Patrol identified the suspect as Lawrence M. LaPole, 47. According to a news release, a trooper stopped a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix for a traffic violation just after 10 p.m. on U.S. 29 in Dunn County.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — Officers believe alcohol was involved in an early Independence Day crash near Pelican Rapids that left a Moorhead man injured. The Minnesota State Patrol responded at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday to a one-vehicle rollover on state Highway 108 near Otter Tail County Road 113, about 2 miles west of Pelican Rapids, according to a State Patrol report. That's where Brandon Jack Arion, 28, was westbound in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado when the pickup went off the road to the left, hit an embankment and rolled into the ditch, the report stated.
BROOTEN, Minn. — A 16-year-old girl was killed and two men were seriously injured in an accident Wednesday afternoon south of Brooten. According to the Stearns County Sheriff's office, the two-vehicle accident happened around 4:32 p.m. at the intersection of Stearns County roads 18 and 19 in Crow Lake Township, about four miles south of Brooten.
Three northwest Minnesota state parks as of midweek still had openings for campers looking to get away for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Department of Natural Resources said. Lake Bronson State Park in Kittson County, Old Mill State Park in Marshall County and Zippel Bay State Park on the south shore of Lake of the Woods all had 10 or more campsites available for four-day stays. Schoolcraft State Park on the Mississippi River near Deer River, Minn., also had at least 10 campsites available.
A new report finds that, since Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, the world's views of the U.S. have shifted dramatically downward from where they were at the end of Barack Obama's presidency. The chart below shows the percentage of people who say they have a very or somewhat favorable view of the U.S.
Minnesota rock hall of fame musician faces another sex charge WILLMAR, Minn. – A Willmar musician well-known for playing at area senior living and activity facilities is facing a second allegation of criminal sexual conduct. Terrance Raymond Shaw, 72, was part of the 1970s-era rock-and-roll Shaw-Allen-Shaw Band that has been inducted in the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame.