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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- An 11-year-old was driving an all-terrain vehicle with seven child passengers in Becker County Tuesday evening, July 26, when the vehicle overturned, injuring six of the eight children, authorities say. The crash happened about 8:30 p.m. on 560th Avenue in Runeberg Township, according to Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander. Chad Grangroth, 11, was driving the four-wheeled vehicle, known as a utility task vehicle, south on 560th Avenue when he swerved to avoid a dog, Glander said.
GRAND FORKS - Grand Forks Police haven't found the swimmer who was swept down the Red River during the early hours of July 22, but they say he's safe.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- A former Willmar teacher has been charged with assaulting a student on the last day of the 2016 school year. The assault is alleged to have happened at 1:15 p.m. June 2. That’s when a criminal complaint alleges 48-year-old Robert Palmer hit a student on the back of the head, then grabbed his arm, held it behind his back, and held him against a wall.
ST. PAUL -- Summit Avenue reopened to cars and pedestrians early Thursday morning, July 28, after being shut down since Tuesday night following the arrest of protesters outside the Governor’s Residence. St. Paul police also released more than 5 hours of squad car video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79c-JmXkXOw ) showing some of those arrests, saying the department wants to be transparent in the face of questions about police tactics.
MANKATO, Minn. -- On the day players began reporting to training camp, the Minnesota Vikings extended the contract of head coach Mike Zimmer. The team announced the extension early Thursday afternoon, but terms of the contract were not disclosed. Zimmer led Minnesota to an 11-5 record and the team’s first division championship since 2009 last season. Zimmer’s 18-14 record gives him the second-most wins by a Vikings head coach in his first two seasons, trailing only the late Dennis Green, who had 20 wins.
PARK RAPIDS - Itasca State Park’s birthday and the 125th anniversary of Minnesota State Parks and Trails will be celebrated with a summer picnic, old-time lawn games and music at the park on Sunday, July 31. Friends of Itasca State Park will be selling a grilled lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. and the famous “Itasca sugar cookies” will also be available for purchase.
A 47-year-old man arrested after a high-speed chase in Carlton County last November has pleaded guilty to killing a Michigan woman. Gregory Allen Rose was wanted in connection with the stabbing death of Connie Pajunen, 67, in Midland County, Mich., on Nov. 16 when he led both Minnesota State Patrol troopers and Carlton County sheriff's deputies on a chase that reached speeds of up to 95 mph. He was driving a U.S. government pickup truck at the time, which he allegedly stole over the weekend in Wisconsin.
A Proctor man faces three felony charges after allegedly fleeing Duluth police twice in less than a week earlier this month. Samuel James Nelson, 26, appeared in State District Court in Duluth on Tuesday on two counts of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, and one count of second-degree assault. If convicted on the most serious charge — the assault — he faces up to seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.
FARGO-- The Fargo Police Department has released two pictures of the suspect in the theft of Roger Maris memorabilia items at West Acres. Police are asking the public to notice the patch on the left shoulder on the shirt/jacket the suspect is wearing; there was not a patch on the right shoulder.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A 35-year-old Duluth man died late Tuesday north of Duluth after a shed had fallen on him. David Szyszkoski was attempting to move the shed, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Wednesday. The Sheriff’s Office responded at 10:30 p.m., and Szyszkoski was later pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death is under investigation.