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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are discussing how they can deal with soaring health insurance premiums. Dayton spokesman Sam Fettig said the governor plans to meet Tuesday morning, Nov. 1, with House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown. The governor's met with Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, on Monday and he has spoken to Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, and House Minority leader Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis..
WALKER, Minn. — A grand jury has indicted a Coon Rapids man for the murder of 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl this past August. Zachary Todd Anderson, 25, was arraigned Friday, Oct. 28, in Cass County District Court in Walker for premeditated first-degree murder and numerous other charges.
GILBERT, Minn. -- Authorities continued Thursday to search for the driver involved in an apparent hit-and-run fatality with a pedestrian in Gilbert. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the victim Thursday as Florence Mannelin, 85, of Makinen. Mannelin had been seen walking across the 100 block of Broadway on Wednesday when she was struck by a vehicle, a patrol news release said.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — William Leonard Helker, a pastor at All Saints Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove, was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced Thursday that Helker, 47, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Pine City and booked at the Pine County jail. Formal criminal charges are pending, according to the BCA.
A 21-year-old Ely man was killed early Thursday after he left his vehicle following a crash and came into contact with a live electrical wire. Jacob Forsman had been driving on St. Louis County Highway 21 in Morse Township south of Ely when his vehicle left the road and overturned in the ditch, striking a power pole, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release. Forsman was pronounced dead at the scene.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Negotiations between protesters and law enforcement broke down Wednesday, Oct. 26, with protesters holding their ground at a frontline camp to block the Dakota Access Pipeline. Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney was among a contingent of law enforcement who met with camp representatives Wednesday on Highway 1806 on the other side of a roadblock established by protesters. Laney told the protesters officers don’t want a confrontation, but they have to enforce the rule of law.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Civil rights activist and Rainbow PUSH Coalition founder, Rev. Jesse Jackson, is joining the effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline project south of Mandan.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — One person died and two others were treated for burns from an early morning house fire in Virginia.
Hazardous materials workers from three major railroad companies secured the scene of a train derailment and resulting spill of a combustible chemical south of Superior on Tuesday morning. “We have contained the single leaking rail car, which was hauling octene, a liquid solvent used in plastic production,” Union Pacific spokeswoman Calli Hite said in a statement to the News Tribune early Tuesday afternoon. Union Pacific owns and operates the train that derailed.
Vice President Joe Biden is planning to campaign in Duluth on Friday in support of the Democratic ticket, a state party leader told the News Tribune. It is not yet decided where Biden will speak, but advance teams were in town on Tuesday scouting locations in both eastern and western Duluth, said the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The Minneapolis Star Tribune also reported that Biden was slated to come to Duluth.