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WASHINGTON -- A newly agreed-to treaty to liberalize trade among a dozen Pacific Rim countries is under attack by many in Congress, including U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan. The Minnesota Democrat, who serves central and northeastern Minnesota, said he cannot see how the Trans-Pacific Partnership accord will help the state.
ST. PAUL -- Fall produces more hours of darkness, which leads to more pedestrian injuries and deaths. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that fall is the time for more pedestrian deaths.
LOS ANGELES -- Northern Minnesota could be the setting of a crime-drama television series based on a trilogy of books by Norwegian novelist Vidar Sundstol. The entertainment newspaper Variety reports that "'Minnesota' would revolve around the murder of a Norwegian tourist who turns up on the shores of Lake Superior in a case with links to a crime dating back 100 years."
CHASKA, Minn. -- Authorities are searching for a man suspected of shooting two people Thursday night at a home in Chaska, southwest of the Twin Cities. Chaska police say shooting suspect is Joshua Lee Gilpin, 39. He is a white, 5-foot-11 about 200 hundred pounds and was believed to be on foot.
MAHNOMEN, Minn.—Authorities are asking for help locating a Naytahwaush, Minn., woman who is a person of interest for a reported theft. Leslie Wakemup, 25, was last seen Sunday with friends in southern Clearwater County, according to a news release from the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office. She is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 165 pounds. She has brown eyes and dark hair. The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office, White Earth Police Department, White Earth Conservation officers and the U.S.
A dramatic body camera video released by Duluth police on Wednesday shows an officer rescuing a man who threatened to jump from the top of a downtown parking ramp. The video, recorded on Sept. 19, shows officer Joe DeJesus pulling the 32-year-old man to safety from his seat on the ledge of the Holiday Center ramp along Third Avenue West. Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay posted the video to Facebook, where it was being widely shared. "This is an example of the life saving work our officers do every day," Ramsay added.
TULABY LAKE, Minn. - A 55-year-old Moorhead man may face charges in an incident on a northwestern Minnesota lake where it was thought a man used a pontoon to harass a deer and stop it from getting to shore -- thus killing the animal. Steven William Timm has been identified as the driver of the pontoon, which belonged to a friend who lived on Tulaby Lake about 40 miles northwest of Detroit Lakes in Mahnomen County.
EMILY, Minn. -- A shotgun blast grazed the side of an 18-year-old Shakopee man's head Sunday morning while duck hunting in Crow Wing County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported. When the DNR and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office arrived, several first responders were working on the man identified as Derek A. Bonsante. Bonsante was talking and interacting normally and it appeared he had a grazing head wound from a shotgun blast.
ST. PAUL -- Forty-four Republican Minnesota House members signed a letter Tuesday asking state Attorney General Lori Swanson and Gov. Mark Dayton to challenge the federal Clean Power Plan that would cut utility carbon emissions by more than 40 percent in 2030. The GOP lawmakers say that the federal Environmental Protection Agency plan greatly exceeds the government's authority. Other states already are challenging the EPA plan.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- A 17-month-old child was pronounced dead Monday afternoon after being hit by a car in Fergus Falls. Fergus Falls police say Avah Mae Dirkman was struck about 12:30 p.m. by a 2009 Dodge Journey driven by Katie Diane Black, 29, of Fergus Falls. Reports from witnesses said Black had just picked up her child from a residence in the 300 block of 14th Street. A woman approached Black’s car to say speak with her.