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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.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn.—A person was injured in an accidental shooting in rural Foxhome Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, according to a report released by Wilkin County Sheriff Rick Fiedler. According to the report: The incident was reported about 9:19 a.m. Wednesday after an individual was shot in the stomach while trying to place a gun in a holster. The victim was taken by air ambulance to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.
ST. PAUL -- Twelve candidates have been selected as finalists for appointments to four open seats on the University of Minnesota system board of regents. An advisory council recommended the 12 to a joint legislative committee that will make a final recommendation to the full Legislature for a vote.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The man who alerted a national audience to two racially charged social media posts from a North Dakota college campus last fall will bring his social justice message to Concordia College in Moorhead on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16. Shaun King is the senior justice writer for the New York Daily News, focusing on police brutality and race. King, who lives in Brooklyn and is a husband and father of five, primarily uses social media to let others know about what he considers to be acts of injustice.