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AITKIN, Minn. -- Staples, Minn.-based Stern Rubber Co. announced Wednesday it is adding 10 jobs and doubling its manufacturing facility in Aitkin. According to a release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the company will invest $1.26 million to double the plant’s size to 20,000 square feet. Stern Rubber said the new jobs will pay an average of $13.50 per hour. DEED is contributing nearly $80,000 to the expansion project through its Job Creation Fund.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—A federal judge in Florida awarded Arctic Cat, the manufacturer of all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles with a plant in Thief River Falls, $46.7 million in damages in a patent dispute with Bombardier Recreational Products, Arctic Cat said this week. RELATED: Arctic Cat working on turning around profit losses
The Minnesota State Patrol and Aitkin County Sheriff are investigating the death of an Aitkin County woman they believe was struck by a vehicle near her mailbox. Margaret Ann Johnson, 85, of rural Aitkin County was found deceased on the shoulder of Highway 47 about 3.5 miles east of Aitkin last Friday. Authorities believe that a vehicle struck Johnson near the shoulder of the roadway, and the driver may not have realized that contact had occurred.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A street sweeper flipped on its side about 2:10 p.m., Tuesday at the intersection of Bristol Street and North Central Avenue in Duluth. The driver got out safely, said Minnesota Department of Transportation Supervisor Steve Baublitz. The Duluth Fire Department created a barrier around the street sweeper to contain fuel and oil. The cause of the incident is under investigation, Baublitz said.
ST. PAUL—The State Patrol is asking for the public’s help as it continues to investigate a hit-and-run crash that killed 10-year-old Caylin Donovan on Friday, June 10. The Lake Park girl was struck and killed just before 8 p.m. while walking on Highway 18 near Mille Lacs Lake. Col. Matt Langer, chief of the State Patrol, held a news conference Monday, June 14, to again ask for help in the investigation.
Five beaches in the Two Harbors and Grand Marais areas were identified as unsafe due to elevated E. coli bacteria levels, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The department recommends no water contact for: Knife River Marina Beach, south of Two Harbors at the mouth of Knife River; Agate Bay Beach, Two Harbors; Flood Bay Beach, Two Harbors; and Burlington Bay Beach, Two Harbors. Durfee Creek Area Beach, located at the southeast mouth of Durfee Creek east of Grand Marais, has also been posted as unsafe.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A crow found in Grand Forks has tested positive for West Nile virus. The discovery has city leaders in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks urging residents to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, which carry the virus. Both cities have announced plans to spray for mosquitoes tonight.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s office is asking for help in finding a Dent, Minn., girl reported missing on May 27.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- The president of St. Cloud State University was killed in rollover accident late Monday afternoon.
SCHROEDER, Minn. -- Search parties on Monday recovered the body of an 18-year-old man who drowned over the weekend at Temperance River State Park, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office reported. The body of Alec Paul Bertil Lawrenz of Wayzata was recovered from the Temperance River early Monday afternoon, authorities said. Lawrenz disappeared while swimming late Saturday.