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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.
WILLMAR, Minn. – Sonshine Festival, the Christian music festival which got its start in Willmar, has been cancelled for 2017, according to the festival’s website and Facebook page. A message posted to the festival’s social media account said due to financial reasons the festival was being put on hold for this year, while the organizers look into possible solutions for future festivals. “We are praying and working diligently to seek what the future of Sonshine will be,” the message said.
MOORHEAD, Minn. —The employee of a Moorhead towing company was arrested by Moorhead police on Monday, Jan. 9, on suspicion of pointing a gun at a customer. According to information released by Moorhead Police Lt. Tory Jacobson: The incident happened Monday afternoon when a person whose vehicle had been towed by Aggressive Towing and Recovery attempted to retrieve his vehicle.
WASHINGTON -- Northern Minnesota U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, both Democrats, and other members of Congress want management of the gray wolf to return to state control through a bill they have introduced..