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Bad luck struck the morning of Friday, Jan. 13, in the form of a house fire on Schaeffers Point Road in Nisswa, where no one was injured. The Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and Brainerd fire departments, along with the Lake Shore Police Department, responded to the call just before 8 a.m. Friday. Though temperatures were around 30 below zero, the fire was contained shortly after crews arrived on scene.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place Friday afternoon in Hibbing. The shooting took place shortly before 1 p.m. Friday on the 2900 block of Third Avenue East. “I can tell you that there were no officers that were hurt. Two individuals were taken to a local hospital; from there, I don’t know where they went,” Hibbing Police Sgt. Jeff Ronchetti said Friday afternoon.
VINELAND—A 20-year-old man involved in an armed home invasion and assault late Thursday night in northern Mille Lacs County was shot and killed by a responding sheriff's deputy, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported Friday.
KENNEDY, Minn.—Residents of Kennedy in Kittson County experienced a brief water outage around midnight Friday, Jan. 13, due to a freeze-up in their water tower. Kennedy Mayor Todd Truedson said the town has been able to pull water from the North Kittson Rural Water system to make up for the gap in service from the offline tower. Workers from the rural water system and the city's maintenance crew were inspecting the tower before noon Friday to determine the extent of the freeze.
ST. PAUL -- Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is this Saturday, Jan. 14, through Monday, Jan. 16. Minnesotans age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without purchasing an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota snowmobilers can help protect and preserve their sport by registering their snowmobiles The revenue from snowmobile registration helps funds local clubs that maintain and groom state trails. The Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MNUSA) are working together to encourage snowmobilers to register before they ride.
ST. PAUL — More than 200,000 Minnesotans soon will receive tax breaks. Minnesota senators passed legislation 66-0 Thursday, Jan. 12, to cut taxes by making state tax law conform with federal law. The House already took the same action to help Minnesotans who are beginning to file income tax returns.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn.—The Wilkin County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a woman who was injured in an accidental shooting in rural Foxhome Wednesday morning, Jan. 11. Samantha Pazdernik was trying to put a gun in a holster when the gun discharged and she was hit in the stomach, according to the Sheriff's Office. Pazdernik was in stable condition Tuesday morning, Jan. 12, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, the Sheriff's Office said.
ST. PAUL — More than 2,400 drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated during an extra enforcement period over the holidays, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Three hundred-plus agencies participated in the campaign, which was held from Nov. 23 to Dec. 30 on weekends and holidays. Authorities arrested 2,407 drivers for DWIs and issued 1,647 seat belt citations during the span. Both figures are down from the 2015 holiday enforcement period.