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ST. PAUL -- The season's first Minnesota case of West Nile virus has been diagnosed in a horse. The state Board of Animal Health announced Tuesday that Friesian stallion in the Winthrop area tested positive and was sick. It had not been vaccinated against the virus. The virus regularly is found in the United States, with birds serving as the primary host. Mosquitoes carry the disease from birds to horses and people.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- In this week’s Northland Outdoors TV episode, the term “hunting blind” takes on a whole new meaning. Host Bret Amundson and the crew follow Master Sgt. Eric Marts of Moorhead, Minn., as he joins National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Lonnie Bedwell, and other veterans, on a turkey hunt in Indiana. The only difference with this hunt is that the veterans are all blind. How did they do, and how did they do it? Find out in this weekend’s episode of “Northland Outdoors TV.”
DULUTH, Minn. -- Eight to 10 feet wide and surfacing in strategic locations in Duluth, a transportation evolution is arriving this summer with the advent of what St. Louis County engineers are calling “super sidewalks.” Billed as safe routes for people who use human power to get around, the super sidewalks bring trail accommodations out of the periphery and into the neighborhood.
MORRIS, Minn. — A West River Dairy employee was killed in a farm accident at their facility in Stevens County in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 31. Stevens County Sheriff Jason Dingman reported that a 911 call was received about a farm accident at the facility just after 3 a.m. on Sunday.
RANDALL, Minn. -- A 3-year-old boy who was airlifted to a Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis Saturday after he was found under a water trampoline in Lake Alexander near Randall is going to be OK. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reports that the boy was released on Sunday about 3 p.m.
ST. PAUL -- A new bat has been discovered in Minnesota -- the first new mammal species found in the state in 25 years. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in collaboration with Central Lakes College, said the new species is the evening bat (Nycticeius humeralis).
FORESTON, Minn. -- Two men are dead after a five-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Foreston in Mille Lacs County. Killed in the crash were Travis A. Kiel, 35, Foley, and Robert Ehrlichman, 35, of Holdingford, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Prince tribute concert has been scheduled for Oct. 13 at U.S. Bank Stadium, according to the late pop star’s sister. Tyka Nelson, Prince’s sister and fellow musician, said tickets for the memorial concert will will go on sale next month. Prince Rogers Nelson died April 21 of a drug overdose at the age of 57. Since his death, numerous performers have paid tribute during live performances, including Madonna and Stevie Wonder’s cover of “Purple Rain” at the Billboard Music Awards in May.
MOORHEAD -- A Moorhead woman faces child endangerment charges stemming from a traffic stop on Interstate 94 near Barnesville Wednesday, July 27, after the Minnesota State Patrol clocked the car she was driving at 118 mph during a chase. According to a complaint filed in Clay County District Court on Friday, July 28, against Stacey A. Anvarinia, 33, a trooper attempted to stop Anvarinia’s vehicle near Barnesville for going 94 mph in a 70 mph zone when the car sped away, eventually turning onto Minnesota Highway 9.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt plan to tour the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter on Monday, looking over a facility plagued by violent incidents. The visit comes as the two and other legislative leaders discuss whether to hold a special session to discuss, among other things, if they should fund public works projects. Dayton had wanted to spend $90 million to improve safety at the St. Peter facility.