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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.
NISSWA -- Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning is offering a day trip to the Nisswa-Stämman Festival at the Nisswa Pioneer Village on June 11. The tour will include the Nisswa-Stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival, which features 150 folk musicians performing on three stages, day-long dancing opportunities on two dance floors, dance instruction, a cultural children’s activity tent and Scandinavian food, a release said.
SKIBO — Cooler, wetter weather and ongoing efforts by air and ground crews continued to make progress Tuesday on the wildfire east of Hoyt Lakes. The so-called Skibo fire was more than half contained early Tuesday and crews were gaining the upper hand on the remaining hot spots. Other fires in northern Minnesota from the weekend, including near Finland and Embarrass, were considered fully contained and no longer a threat to grow.
BENSON.Minn. -- A Benson English teacher accused of pocketing nearly $800 from the school's 2014 and 2015 yearbook funds pleaded guilty Monday in Swift County District Court to a gross misdemeanor theft charge. Mary Alice Hoffman, 53, had originally been charged in January with felony embezzlement of public funds. As part of her plea agreement Monday, that charge was downgraded to gross misdemeanor theft. She must also make restitution and is banned from holding public funds. She would avoid jail time, but be on probation for two years.