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Storms continued across the region Monday night following a weekend of hail, strong winds and lots of rain. One person has been reported injured following the tornado touch down in Watkins, Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze said just before 9 p.m. Monday. He said several homes in Watkins are damaged, including a nursing home. “We’re evacuating that and relocating the residents of the nursing home,” Cruze said.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—All traffic on Interstate 94 northwest of Fergus Falls will shift to the eastbound lanes starting Tuesday, July 12. Crews have nearly completed work on the eastbound bridge over Otter Tail County Road 88 and will begin work on the westbound bridge. A single lane of traffic will remain open in each direction through the work zone. Speed limits on I-94 are reduced to 60 mph through the work zone. Violators will be fined a minimum of $300.
AITKIN, Minn. -- A 56-year-old man was killed when his vehicle rolled in a ditch off Highway 210 Saturday morning. Daniel L. Glass of McGregor was ejected from the vehicle and found dead in a field, the Minnesota State Patrol said in a release. The accident happened about 6:38 a.m.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—A Wisconsin woman was hurt when she lost control of her vehicle on the wet westbound lanes of Interstate 94 near here Monday, July 11. Just before 2 p.m., Sarah Federle, 27, of New Berlin, Wis., was driving a Toyota Corolla near mile marker 57 when she lost control, went off the interstate to the right and rolled the car, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Federle was taken to Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls with injuries that were not life-threatening, the patrol said.
PELICAN LAKE, Minn. -- A Hawley man has set the record for a catch and release muskie while fishing in Pelican Lake in Otter Tail County. Andrew Slette of Hawley was fishing with a top-water lure when he hooked the huge muskie after five casts that measured 56-7/8 inches long with an estimated girth of 25-1/2 inches. Fishing with him was Josh Karch, who not only witnessed the record, but also himself caught and released a 52-inch muskie and one smaller muskie on June 25.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota State Patrol troopers practice delivering babies in training academies, and one who just joined the patrol and the class put it to use on the Fourth of July weekend.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Democratic Party official in northwest Minnesota may lose his political position over his decision to challenge the party’s endorsed candidate for a state House seat.
NORTH BRANCH, Minn -- A husband and wife from Milaca were both killed in a crash on Highway 95 in Chisago County when the motorcycle they were riding crossed the centerline. Both Collin Orth, 35, and Sara Orth, 34, died in the crash aftermath, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
WASKISH, Minn. -- One person was injured and another arrested Saturday evening following a two-vehicle crash in northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Highway Patrol says the crash took place on state Highway 72 at Lou Rayne Beach Road at 7:36 p.m. Saturday. A Honda Accord traveling southbound on Highway 72 was hit on the driver's side door by a Buick Regal Premium that was turning west. The driver of the Honda, Tammy Cleven, 47, of Warroad, suffered non-life threatening injuries. She was taken to Sanford Hospital in Bemidji.
A Minnesota man injured by an exploding fireworks device is telling others “one small, little mistake can make the difference between life or death.” Nick Beheng told his story on the eve of the July Fourth holiday as part of a Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division and Regions Hospital news conference.