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RICE LAKE, Wis. -- A Rice Lake, Wis., man died after apparently following through on his threat to set off an explosion in his apartment late Sunday, authorities said. About 14 other residents of the apartment complex were evacuated by police before the explosion. The building was a complete loss after the explosion and fire, the Rice Lake Police Department reported.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, the ranking member on the U.S. House agriculture committee has announced the 20 Democratic members that will serve on the committee this year. Three are from Minnesota, including Peterson. Among the main duties will be reauthorizing the 2014 Farm Bill, said Peterson who represents most of western Minnesota.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Visitors to this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together will see major grounds upgrades. That’s the good news. The bad news: Ticket prices are going up $1. The Minnesota State Fair’s board of managers on Sunday approved $8 million for upgrades, including $4.6 million in capital work and $3.4 million in maintenance projects, according to a news release.
ROUND LAKE TOWNSHIP, MINN.—A 12-year-old Fargo boy was injured in a snowmobile accident here on Saturday, Jan. 14. According to a release from the Becker County Sheriff's Office, the accident happened around 2:18 p.m. The boy was driving a snowmobile near Ice Cracking Lake when his snowmobile left the trail and hit a tree. The boy's father was with him at the time of the accident, driving a separate snowmobile.
Bad luck struck the morning of Friday, Jan. 13, in the form of a house fire on Schaeffers Point Road in Nisswa, where no one was injured. The Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and Brainerd fire departments, along with the Lake Shore Police Department, responded to the call just before 8 a.m. Friday. Though temperatures were around 30 below zero, the fire was contained shortly after crews arrived on scene.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place Friday afternoon in Hibbing. The shooting took place shortly before 1 p.m. Friday on the 2900 block of Third Avenue East. “I can tell you that there were no officers that were hurt. Two individuals were taken to a local hospital; from there, I don’t know where they went,” Hibbing Police Sgt. Jeff Ronchetti said Friday afternoon.
VINELAND—A 20-year-old man involved in an armed home invasion and assault late Thursday night in northern Mille Lacs County was shot and killed by a responding sheriff's deputy, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported Friday.
KENNEDY, Minn.—Residents of Kennedy in Kittson County experienced a brief water outage around midnight Friday, Jan. 13, due to a freeze-up in their water tower. Kennedy Mayor Todd Truedson said the town has been able to pull water from the North Kittson Rural Water system to make up for the gap in service from the offline tower. Workers from the rural water system and the city's maintenance crew were inspecting the tower before noon Friday to determine the extent of the freeze.
ST. PAUL -- Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is this Saturday, Jan. 14, through Monday, Jan. 16. Minnesotans age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without purchasing an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota snowmobilers can help protect and preserve their sport by registering their snowmobiles The revenue from snowmobile registration helps funds local clubs that maintain and groom state trails. The Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MNUSA) are working together to encourage snowmobilers to register before they ride.