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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Smoking caused a mobile home fire that killed two people in Alexandria on Jan. 5, according to authorities. The Alexandria Fire Department, the Alexandria Police Department and the State Fire Marshal completed the investigation and said the fire at Viking City Mobile Home Park at 1611 6th Avenue will be classified as accidental.
ST. PAUL – About 95 percent of Minnesota manufacturers are expecting production levels to increase or stay the same in 2018, according to an annual joint survey by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The random survey of 269 Minnesota manufacturing operations was conducted in November.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – The identities of those involved in a four-car crash Saturday afternoon that fatally injured a 2-year-old boy were released by the Moorhead Police Department on Monday, Jan. 8. Zaiden David Engen died Saturday at Fargo’s Sanford Medical Center as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash, Capt. Tory Jacobson said in a news release.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's governor contest has shrunk by one. State Sen. David Osmek of Mound announced Monday, Jan. 8, that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican governor endorsement.
Pop performer Pink will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, the NFL and NBC announced Monday, Jan. 8. It will be Pink’s first performance at a Super Bowl. Justin Timberlake, as previously announced, will headline the halftime show Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Pink’s 2018 Beautiful Trauma World tour is set to kick off on March 1 in Phoenix.
WILLMAR - An inmate at the Kandiyohi County Jail died after being found unresponsive Sunday afternoon. Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said correctional officers were conducting checks of the inmates when they discovered the man shortly before 1:30 p.m. He was not breathing so correctional officers immediately began lifesaving measures, Hartog said. The Willmar Ambulance Service also was called but paramedics were unable to revive the inmate. He was pronounced dead at the jail, Hartog said. The man's identity has not been released pending notification of relatives.
WADENA COUNTY, Minn. — A Verndale, Minn., woman was airlifted to an area hospital Thursday, Jan. 4, after crashing into a semi. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Mary Joy Byman, 34, was southbound on Highway 71 in Wadena County's Blueberry Township when she entered the northbound lanes of traffic. Byman then struck a semi driven by 60-year-old Michael Allan Erickson, of Osakis, Minn. The Patrol stated that Byman's Toyota Camry hit the semi below the driver side door.
TROMMALD—Five people were arrested following a report of a burglary at 2:13 p.m. Friday at a home in Trommald. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office arrested Charles Alvin Weber, 37, for felony second-degree burglary; Nichole Evelyn Petersen, 31, for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance; and a 32-year-old man, a 36-year-old man and a 35-year-old man were booked in Crow Wing County Jail for violating conditions of their probation.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have signed coveted Canadian Football League receiver Brandon Zylstra, a former standout at Concordia, to a reserve/future contract. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Zylstra led the CFL with 1,687 receiving yards for the Edmonton Eskimos this past season. One of Zylstra’s many recent NFL workouts included a stop at Winter Park on Dec. 8.
DENVER, Colo. -- A Bemidji State University graduate is one of five law enforcement officers shot near Denver on New Year's Eve. Tom O'Donnell, 41, spent a few hours in the hospital after being wounded while responding to a disturbance at an apartment complex on Sunday, Dec. 31, in a Denver suburb. He grew up in Underwood, Minn., and is a 2000 graduate from Bemidji State University, where he studied criminal justice.