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ST. PAUL -- Three members of Minnesota's congressional delegation want the Obama administration to help protect dairy farmers from a financial crisis. Prices milk producers receive have dropped 40 percent since 2014 and in May, the country's cheese stocks were at their highest level since data began to be collected in 1917.
The Cass County's Sheriff's Office is investigating a death of a 24-year-old Brainerd man who suffered a gunshot wound in the head Tuesday at a residence in Lake Shore. Authorities responded to the scene and found the man with a gunshot wound. The man was transported via North Memorial Air Care to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he later died.
SPICER, Minn. -- The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office is looking into whether a Monday night report of an armed robbery outside Zorbaz on Green Lake n Spicer was false. The sheriff's office is still actively investigating, Chief Deputy Greg Stehn said Wednesday. He is planning to release more information Wednesday afternoon. According to the report, received around 10:45 p.m. Monday, two men on skateboards slammed another man into a car. They claimed to be carrying a gun, and took the man's money.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s credit rating has been restored to the highest rating by a prominent national credit analyst agency. Gov. Mark Dayton’s office announced the upgrade to the AAA rating Thursday. Fitch Ratings had previously downgraded the state’s credit rating in 2011 to reflect financial instability in the state.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- An 11-year-old was driving an all-terrain vehicle with seven child passengers in Becker County Tuesday evening, July 26, when the vehicle overturned, injuring six of the eight children, authorities say. The crash happened about 8:30 p.m. on 560th Avenue in Runeberg Township, according to Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander. Chad Grangroth, 11, was driving the four-wheeled vehicle, known as a utility task vehicle, south on 560th Avenue when he swerved to avoid a dog, Glander said.
GRAND FORKS - Grand Forks Police haven't found the swimmer who was swept down the Red River during the early hours of July 22, but they say he's safe.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- A former Willmar teacher has been charged with assaulting a student on the last day of the 2016 school year. The assault is alleged to have happened at 1:15 p.m. June 2. That’s when a criminal complaint alleges 48-year-old Robert Palmer hit a student on the back of the head, then grabbed his arm, held it behind his back, and held him against a wall.
ST. PAUL -- Summit Avenue reopened to cars and pedestrians early Thursday morning, July 28, after being shut down since Tuesday night following the arrest of protesters outside the Governor’s Residence. St. Paul police also released more than 5 hours of squad car video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79c-JmXkXOw ) showing some of those arrests, saying the department wants to be transparent in the face of questions about police tactics.
MANKATO, Minn. -- On the day players began reporting to training camp, the Minnesota Vikings extended the contract of head coach Mike Zimmer. The team announced the extension early Thursday afternoon, but terms of the contract were not disclosed. Zimmer led Minnesota to an 11-5 record and the team’s first division championship since 2009 last season. Zimmer’s 18-14 record gives him the second-most wins by a Vikings head coach in his first two seasons, trailing only the late Dennis Green, who had 20 wins.
PARK RAPIDS - Itasca State Park’s birthday and the 125th anniversary of Minnesota State Parks and Trails will be celebrated with a summer picnic, old-time lawn games and music at the park on Sunday, July 31. Friends of Itasca State Park will be selling a grilled lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. and the famous “Itasca sugar cookies” will also be available for purchase.