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Frigid conditions have brought thicker ice to Minnesota lakes in recent days -- but conditions may not be safe for driving on frozen lakes, as one driver found out over the weekend. A truck went through the ice Saturday on Big Pine Lake near Perham, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office reported. Authorities said the Ford F-150 was still in the lake as of Sunday evening.
ST. PAUL -- A look ahead to the 2017 Minnesota legislative session will be missing one vital voice today: Gov. Mark Dayton. His spokesman said Dayton woke up sick this morning and canceled all events.
MOTLEY -- A snowplow was involved in a two-vehicle crash shortly before 6 Saturday morning. Officials say the crash happened near Highway 210 east of Motley, 57-year-old Jeffrey Krall of Pilager was driving a 2013 International Snowplow. Krall was making a left turn into a driveway when his vehicle was struck by a Chrysler T & C van. 42-year-old Daryl Wellnitz of Staples was driving the van involved in the crash.
ST. PAUL — Four Greater Minnesota communities have been selected to share in a $2.87 million grant to fund construction of rental workforce housing.
MANKATO, Minn. -- The first breeding bull has arrived at Minneopa State Park near Mankato, bringing to 15 the number of bison at the park, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The yearling bull comes from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and spent a month quarantined at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.
ST. PAUL — Former state Senate leader Roger Moe will join the Minnesota State Board of Trustees. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced his appointment of long-time Sen. Roger Moe, D-Erskine, Thursday, Dec. 15. Moe, 72, was senator 1971 to 2002, and was the longest-serving Senate majority leader in state history. He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2002, and has been lobbyist and consultant since.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A water pipe that froze and burst causing an estimated $20,000 in damage will close an Italian restaurant in Alexandria for a couple weeks. Jason Mueller, owner of Bello Cucina, said water from sprinkler pipe damaged a significant amount of the lounge area. Mueller opened the Alexandria Bello Cucina earlier this year. Other locations include Morris, Fergus Falls, St. Joseph, Spicer and Marshall.
MOORHEAD—A 27-year-old Moorhead man who was accused in Clay County District Court of scamming an 88-year-old woman with dementia out of thousands of dollars was sentenced Thursday, Dec. 15, to 60 days in jail.
AITKIN, Minn. -- A 33-year-old Aitkin County man has been charged with allegedly throwing his 5-week-old daughter 12 feet in the air across the kitchen floor, killing her in November. John Douglas Peterson of Palisade, Minn., was charged on Wednesday with one count of second-degree felony murder in State District Court in Aitkin. If convicted, Peterson faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. He remained in the Aitkin County Jail Wednesday night and is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday.
Aaron Thomas Keezer, 38, of Box 114, Ogema, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor driving after his license was canceled as inimical to public safety. According to court records: On Dec. 7, a Callaway police officer attempted to pull his car over for having expired license plate tabs. Instead of stopping, Keezer allegedly sped away, taking a field approach and driving at speeds up to 44 mph on a bumpy plowed field.