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THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- Patrons of the Thief River Falls Regional Airport might be without flights to the Twin Cities for a month as the airport transitions to a new carrier. The airport's current air service, Great Lakes Airlines, lost out in the bidding process and requested to end services May 31 when its Essential Air Service contract expires.
ST. PAUL -- Legislation headed to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton would allow Minnesotans to drive a new type of three-wheel motorcycle with a regular car driver's license. Senators Thursday passed the bill 58-0 after the House also gave it overwhelming support. "When you meet them on the road, it looks like a very classy sports car, but when you pass them and look in the rearview mirror, you realize they only have one rear tire," Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, D-Plummer, said in promoting his bill.
MORRIS, Minn. -- The newly named chancellor for the University of Minnesota-Morris has decided against taking the job. University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler sent an e-mail to university faculty, staff and students Thursday stating that Rodney Hanley said it was a personal decision made after considerable thought and reflection, and is best for him and his family at this time.
ST. PAUL—McGregor residents and anglers Bob Staska and Glenn Lane will host Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, respectively, at the 2016 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener on Big Sandy Lake in McGregor Saturday.
ST. PAUL -- Senators unanimously voted Wednesday to increase some criminal vehicular homicide penalties. The action comes after the House also made the decision without opposition to establish a 15-year maximum prison term for people convicted of criminal vehicle homicide after also being convicted of a similar offense or for 1st or 2nd degree drunken driving in the past decade.
ST. PAUL -- Some existing northeast Minnesota trails would be remained in honor of the late Rep. David Dill under a bill the House unanimously passed Wednesday.
The Alexandria Police Department (APD) is seeking the public's help in identifying a bank robbery suspect. The robbery was reported at US Bank, 701 Broadway, in Alexandria at about 10:50 a.m. Monday morning, according to Police Chief Rick Wyffels. No one was injured.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- An explosion at the Pebble Lake Take 5 convenience store in Fergus Falls injured one person and heavily damaged the business on Wednesday, May 11. Store owner Bill Ring told the Daily Journal a mechanic was repairing the refrigeration unit of a beverage cooler with an acetylene torch when the tank used to fuel the torch exploded. Ring said the mechanic suffered burns on his face and arms. First responders took him to Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls for evaluation.
CLARKFIELD, Minn. -- All employees have been accounted for and no injuries were reported after an explosion at the Clarkfield Grain Elevator around 8 a.m. Wednesday. Clarkfield is about 25 miles north of Marshall in far western Minnesota. Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flatten said his office received a 911 call reporting the explosion and fire, according to a Wednesday news release. The cause is unknown at this point and still under investigation.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- The Hansel Lake Rest Area on Interstate 94 near Dalton, Minn., was closed for about an hour Wednesday afternoon after the Minnesota State Patrol and the Otter Tail County Special Response Team responded to a report of a man with a gun at the rest area. According to a report issued by the State Patrol: A man called 911 and reported he had a handgun and was worried people were out to get him.