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AURORA, Minn. -- A 66-year-old Aurora woman and 26-year-old Eveleth man were killed in separate crashes on Wednesday on the same northern Minnesota highway. Marilyn Louise Kriner died after the car she was driving sideswiped a semi-truck and then was struck broadside on the passenger side by an oncoming SUV on State Highway 135 in Biwabik Township just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
FARGO—Elaine Chao, the U.S. secretary of transportation, will address a conference here on the unmanned aerial systems industry, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced Wednesday, May 10. The 2017 Drone Focus Conference, a gathering of local, national and global leaders in unmanned aerial systems, will be May 31 in Fargo.
Within a matter of weeks, fidget spinners became one of the most in-demand items among school-aged kids. And almost just as quickly, the spinner fad spun out of control .
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Any local business owner will tell you good customer service is the key to getting customers back in the door. But even though the service is good, that doesn't always mean the customers are. After being accused of killing his girlfriend in a Crookston, Minn., apartment, a man skipped town, making a pitstop at Central Minnesota Motors in Detroit Lakes around 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A 48-year-old Crookston woman died of asphyxia by strangulation in a homicide, according to preliminary results of an autopsy released by the Crookston Police Department Friday. Tawnja Rene Wallace was found dead in her apartment at 104 S. Broadway Wednesday morning.
FARGO—The Gander Mountain store in Fargo appears to be closing, but Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis says that the store "will stay open." Several new signs were up on the sporting goods store on Thursday, May 4. Signs in the front windows said "everything must go," while a large banner on the north side of the building that opened in 2004 said "going out of business." Lemonis, who has been actively responding to worried customers about store closings via Twitter, responded to a reporter's tweet reiterating that the store will stay open.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A child from Crow Wing County in north-central Minnesota has become part of a measles outbreak, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Wednesday. An agency spokesperson said one unvaccinated child from Crow Wing County contracted the disease after being exposed to it in a Hennepin County health care facility.
WILLMAR — As a measles outbreak in Minnesota widens, Kandiyohi County health and emergency preparedness officials are urging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated. As of Thursday afternoon, April 27, the Minnesota Department of Health had confirmed 28 cases in Hennepin County and one in Stearns County. All were among children under age 5, most of them unvaccinated.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — The death of a 3-year-old girl last week in Hubbard County is under investigation. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes did not release the name of the child or any other information related to the death. County Attorney Jonathan Frieden said he could only confirm that a 3-year-old child from Hubbard County died on April 20, and state law requires authorities to investigate the matter.
Detroit Lakes, Minn. - The weather postponed nearly every event on the local sports calendar on Tuesday, April 25, save one. Tuesday was the usual league night in Frazee, Minn., for the trap shooting competition. Trap shooting is the fastest growing sport in Minnesota, with nearly 11 thousand kids from 343 high schools participating this year. Joel Sipper shows how this hidden away sport is becoming the new craze in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.