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CATAWBA, Wis.—There was no distress call and weather does not appear to have been a factor in a plane crash that killed six people in north-central Wisconsin last month, according to preliminary findings from federal investigators.
BISMARCK—The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will visit North Dakota next week, Gov. Doug Burgum's office announced Wednesday, Aug. 2.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A 29-year-old Baxter man was charged on 19 counts of felony possession of pornographic work involving adults engaging in sex acts with children, some of whom authorities believe are as young as 2 years old.
CHISHOLM, Minn. -- A northern Minnesota woman was severely injured when one of her dogs attacked her Saturday night in her home.
FRANKLIN, Minn. – A rural Renville County man was killed over the weekend when he was run over by a vehicle on his farm southeast of Franklin. According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, the preliminary investigation indicates Randy Oletzke, 59, died as a result of being run over by a vehicle at the farm residence about four miles southeast of Franklin in south-central Minnesota.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A dog with a boat anchor tied to it was found dead Tuesday morning floating in a central Minnesota lake. The discovery was reported at 8:50 a.m. when the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office got a call that a dead dog was seen floating on Point Lake, several miles north of Willmar.
PALISADE, Minn. —A man was seriously injured when he was hit by a boat propeller and the driver was booked into jail after a boating incident Thursday night on Starry Lake northeast of Brainerd.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A northwest Minnesota deputy sheriff and investigator charged with domestic violence last week has been placed on paid administrative leave. Blaize Zimmerman with the Pennington County sheriff’s department was charged July 17 with misdemeanor domestic assault. The charges stem from an arrest at 1:45 p.m. July 14 in Thief River Falls, according to court filings. He was released released on a $2,000 bond.
LITTLE FALLS—A 2-year-old child found running down the middle of the road prompted an investigation leading to license revocation for a Little Falls home day care.
ST. PAUL -- Fines will increase Aug. 1 in Minnesota for drivers who fail to stop for a school bus with activated lights and the crossing arm fully extended. The fine will jump to $500 from $300. In the past six years, law enforcement across the state wrote nearly 9,000 stop arm violation citations, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said. During the annual School Bus Stop Arm Survey earlier this year, 3,659 bus drivers across the state reported 703 stop arm violations in just one day.