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A 68-year-old man is dead after a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck crashed head-on with the motorcycle he was riding near McGregor Tuesday, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Jeffrey Merz of Palisade, Minn., was stopped on his motorcycle and waiting to pull out of Ukura’s Big Dollar Store on state Highway 65 at about 4:30 p.m. when Allan Lehtinen, 73, of McGregor turned left into the same access, crashing into him, the Patrol said. The motorcycle tipped over, and the pickup ran over both the motorcycle and Merz. Lehtinen was not injured in the crash.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Protesters shut down a major route into downtown Minneapolis at rush hour Wednesday morning, demanding that police be demilitarized. Traffic backed up for miles as an estimated three dozen people blocked traffic on the Interstate 35W bridge. They were arrested, and put on a city bus, apparently to be taken to a police station for processing.
A 32-year-old woman was injured Monday when she swerved to avoid a deer on Highway 64 at McKinley Road in Hubbard County and crashed. The Minnesota State Patrol responded to the vehicle rollover at 11:02 p.m., where the Cadillac Sedan went off the road, struck a stop sign and came to rest in a swamp. The driver, Rose M. Rognstad was transported by North Memorial Ambulance to the Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji for non-life-threatening injuries. The Cass County and Hubbard County sheriffs' offices assisted the state patrol at the scene.
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.