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TOWER, Minn. -- Spiny waterfleas have been confirmed in Lake Vermilion, one of Minnesota’s most scenic lakes, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Monday.
ST. PAUL -- After reporting the lowest number of traffic deaths since 1944 last year, 201 people have lost their lives on Minnesota roads so far this year. That’s a 21 percent increase compared with 166 deaths this time last year Driver inattention/distraction is quickly becoming the No. 1 contributing factor to multiple vehicle traffic deaths, surpassing speed.
A Pine River woman was injured Monday when the semitrailer she was driving overturned along Highway 115 in Morrison County. The Minnesota State Patrol reported Winnifred Y. Dabill, 56, was traveling westbound on Highway 115 when the vehicle overturned into the south ditch at a curve. Dabill was transported to St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls with non-life-threatening injuries. Dabill was reportedly wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.
MOORHEAD – Women are allowed to breast-feed openly in any public place in Minnesota, according to state law. But at one of this city’s public pools on Thursday, a staff member told Kayla Heller that she better cover up next time after she nursed her 11-month-old daughter, Lila. Heller’s story, shared on social media by her friend, outraged many.
ST. PAUL -- After employers cut 200 jobs in May, Minnesota gained 2,900 jobs last month, the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development said. A DEED release also said the state’s unemployment rate of 3.9 percent remains below the national average of 5.3 percent.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Grand Forks. The report of the virus in mosquitoes falls on the same day North Dakota's first human case was reported. A McLean County female in her 40s has a less severe form of the virus, which can lead to fever, headache and sometimes death, according Michelle Feist, epidemiologist with the North Dakota Department of Health. The woman was not hospitalized for her illness, she added.
Facing felony aiding and abetting theft, Phyllis Elaine Osby appeared in Washington County District Court July 9. The 21-year-old Minneapolis woman allegedly assisted in stealing from Gap, Buy Buy Baby and Gordman's on April 1.
A supercell thunderstorm struck the Brainerd lakes area Sunday night with a force nearly matching a category 1 hurricane. A supercell thunderstorm is potentially the most dangerous of convective storm types, the National Weather Service reports. The storm itself is so powerful it rotates. Supercell storms have the potential to generate violent and long-lived tornadoes and downburst damage.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Polk County District Judge Tamara Yon handed down a 14-year prison term Monday to a Bismarck man convicted of sexually assaulting his young relative. Duane Todd Fettig, 44, pleaded guilty on Monday in Polk County District Court to a count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony.