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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking intern watercraft inspectors for the 2016 boating season. Inspectors are stationed at public accesses on lakes and rivers infested with aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels. “We’re looking for enthusiastic young adults interested in doing important environmental conservation work,” said Adam Doll, DNR watercraft inspection program coordinator.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.--Two people are being held in connection with an armed burglary after they hauled a safe out of a McDonald's Restaurant in Thief River Falls. Brian Allen Torkelson, 24, and Justin Rick Hopper, 25, both of Thief River Falls, are accused of using a stolen vehicle on Dec. 10 to steal a 400-pound safe, which held an estimated $4,000 in cash, from the restaurant.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota jobless rate dropped two tenths of a percent last month to 3.5 percent -- the lowest in almost 15 years. “The state unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since March 2001,” said Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “While the labor market is tightening, healthy job growth in November and recent wage gains are positive signs of an expanding economy.”
BAXTER, Minn. -- The death of an infant found unresponsive at a Baxter day care in October was due to natural causes. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office determined 4-month-old Brooklynn Mae Tramm died of congestive heart failure.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Police released the name of a 26-year-old man found dead this morning in a bathroom at the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks.
HACKENSACK -- Four students were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon after a school bus overturned on its way to a field trip west of Hackensack. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reported the crash occurred shortly before noon on Nature Center Drive Northwest.
ST. PAUL -- Three deaths in three days have pushed fire fatalities in Minnesota to their highest level since 2011. Fifty-one people have died in fires in 2015 compared to 43 this time last year. With some of the most dangerous weeks ahead for residential blazes, the number of fire deaths this year is already 16 percent higher than last year’s total of 44. Only three times since 2000 have there been more than 51 fire deaths: 2011 (56), 2008 (52) and 2002 (64).
ST. LOUIS -- Minnesota will not be forced to change how it treats sex offenders until a federal appeals court decides whether the program is constitutional. The court Tuesday granted the state a stay, which delays enforcement of a federal judge's ruling ordering major changes in the state sex offender treatment program. The court earlier issued a temporary stay.
ROCHESTER, Minn. --- A suspect in a bank robbery in Rochester on Monday apparently returned and robbed the same bank again Tuesday -- and the scene was caught on a live television report.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Board of Animal Health Tuesday lifted the final quarantines on farms affected by bird flu earlier this year. Most of the previously infected sites were cleared to restock turkeys or chickens on Oct. 6, and now the few remaining sites have completed measures to allow birds to return to the facilities. Farmers were required to take several steps to make sure any flu virus was eliminated before the state allows birds back on the farm.