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A 20-year-old Deer River woman was taken to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center on Tuesday following a single-vehicle injury crash along U.S. Highway 2. The woman is in serious condition as of Wednesday morning, the hospital reported. The Minnesota State Patrol, in its news release, said the woman had been traveling eastbound heading into Deer River on Highway 2 shortly after 6 p.m., when her her 2001 Mazda Protege crossed the centerline and went into the westbound ditch, striking a driveway approach. Alcohol was detected, the State Patrol said.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- The remains of a female body that were found east of Alexandria in Douglas County on Monday afternoon are thought to be that of a missing University of Minnesota Morris student. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, a farmer contacted the sheriff's office at about 2:30 p.m. and reported finding a body in a field he was harvesting in Orange Township.
GRAND FORKS -- Police have arrested a man in connection with a stabbing death in south Grand Forks early Friday morning. Nicolas Peralez Jr., 36, Grand Forks, faces a murder charge in the death of a 31-year-old Grand Forks man, according to police. The victim died Friday morning after fleeing from a fight that left him with multiple stab wounds, according to police.
DULUTH -- Emerald ash borer, the invasive insect that threatens million of acres of Minnesota ash forest and tens of thousands of boulevard trees, has been confirmed in Duluth for the first time. The invasive beetles were found in the larval stage in 35 ash trees on Park Point. It’s the first confirmed Minnesota infestation of the emerald ash borer north of the Twin Cities area, but was not unexpected, with the critter already devastating ash trees in Superior for at least the past two years. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced the d
ALEXANDRIA — Investigators believe that an 18-year-old woman who has been missing since Wednesday, Oct.
Five Duluth men sacrificed their mighty beards for charity Thursday night as Duluth Firefighters Local 101 held its annual Warm Duluth event. Bryon Tonnis, Ezra Bennett, Blake Thomas, Jim Gaylord and Nicholas Pascuzzi pledged their beards to raise over $11,000 to help buy winter jackets for local children in need.
ST. PAUL -- A survey by the Minnesota State Patrol has found children are increasingly being put at risk as they enter and exit school buses by motorists who fail to yield to stop arms. The one-day study conducted in April showed a 65 percent increase in stop arm violations compared with 2014. Eighty-eight percent of the stop arm violations were drivers approaching the front of the bus. There were 3,570 bus drivers from 110 companies who participated in the study from throughout the state.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- A former Willmar Senior High School teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to having a sexual relationship with a female student from 2010 to 2012. Chad Jeffrey Akerson, 35, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Kandiyohi County District Court. In a plea agreement, charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and second-degree criminal sexual conduct will be dismissed.
BAXTER, Minn. -- An infant girl, found unresponsive at a home day care in Baxter Thursday morning, has died. The Baxter Police Department reports police officers responded to the report at 10:50 a.m. at the home of Kimberly J. Opay and Jerry A. Opay III. Baxter police reported the day care providers noticed the infant was unresponsive, immediately started lifesaving efforts and called 911.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Investigators in the case of a missing woman say they do not believe she left the west-central Minnesota area voluntarily and are seeking information about a car that may be involved. Laura Schwendemann, 19, was last seen about 9:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Holiday gas station on 50th Avenue in Alexandria. Investigators are asking the public to report sightings of a 1997 black Geo Prism with a loud exhaust from 9:30 p.m. Oct. 14 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15.