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BEMIDJI -- Area high school juniors are encouraged to enter the Paul Bunyan Communications Essay Contest for a chance to attend the 2016 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., from June 4-8, with all expenses paid by the company. Students interested in attending the Youth Tour need to submit a short essay, no more than 500 words in length, on why they would like to attend the Youth Tour.
ST. PAUL -- The number of deaths from vehicle-train crashes in Minnesota continued a 45-year downward trend, according to a government study. The state transportation department said there were four deaths in crashes at public railroad crossings in the state in 2015, down from nine in 2014.
ST. PAUL --Minnesota is one of 10 states that will take part in SNAP to Skills, a first-of-its-kind national effort to help states design improved employment and training programs for adults participating in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps. The program will be administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services .
ST. PAUL -- With the start of meteorological spring last Tuesday, the meteorological winter is now in the books, and it will be remembered as a warm one. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport recorded an average temperature of 24.2 degrees in December through February, making it the eighth warmest meteorological winter on record.
WOODBURY, Minn. — Police were looking for suspects Friday in connection with the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy after a basketball game Thursday at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. Police said Friday the victim remained in critical condition with multiple stab wounds, and authorities released two teens who were in custody after it was determined they were not directly involved in the assault.
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A mother and her toddler daughter died in a house fire Thursday night, emergency crews say. Melissa Ann Phiefer, 35, and her 2-year-old daughter, Emily, died from injuries sustained in the fire of an apartment on Rochester’s north side, Rochester police said.
A man wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant was arrested Friday after he and his girlfriend allegedly led law enforcement on a high speed pursuit with an infant in the back seat. David Allen Brandenburg, 34, of Park Rapids, was wanted on an active Department of Corrections warrant and allegedly had his girlfriend pick him up in her vehicle to flee a residence near Dorset when authorities were notified of his location.
BELCOURT, N.D.—Eighteen people were arrested Tuesday as part of Operation Northern Lights at the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. Tribal lands "are often viewed as a safe haven by individuals" wanted on federal, state or local warrants because state authorities can only arrest non-enrolled members on a reservation, and not all tribal governments have extradition laws in place.
Multiple agencies responded to a house fire Wednesday night west of Pillager. Information on what caused the fire shortly before 10 p.m. at 12766 51st Ave. SW was not immediately available. According to police scanner traffic all occupants made it out of the house. Responding fire departments made multiple trips between the scene and a nearby water source to continue to extinguish the flames, which could could be seen throughout the entire home. For more photos go to http://goo.gl/Ewc9cf
ONAMIA— A suspect is in custody and a woman is dead following what appeared to be a hit and run incident in Mille Lacs County. The Mille Lacs Band Tribal Police Department Wednesday responded to an unrelated call when they discovered an unresponsive female in the right of way on Chiminising Drive in Isle. Attempts were made at the scene to revive the female, but were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead. Tribal police identified the victim as Tanya Jean Skinaway.