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WASHINGTON — Approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline easement to cross Lake Oahe is “imminent,” members of North Dakota’s Congressional delegation said Tuesday, Jan. 31. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer informed him Tuesday he has directed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the pipeline. Hoeven released the statement after meeting with Speer and Vice President Mike Pence.
CASSELTON, N.D.—A report is expected to be released next week that will provide a probable cause for a major train derailment that happened near Casselton in December of 2013. The derailment triggered a massive fireball and highlighted the dangers of moving crude oil by rail. The final report on the investigation into the derailment is expected to be released when the National Transportation Safety Board meets on Tuesday, Feb. 7, according to Eric Weiss, a spokesman for the agency.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A semi carrying 850 full-grown turkeys tipped over Monday morning on Kandiyohi County Road 5 north of Willmar. The driver, 39-year-old Edgardo Diaz, of Montevideo, was not hurt. But nearly six hours after the 7 a.m. crash, crews were still on the scene removing dead and injured birds. Some turkeys were not injured and were loaded into another truck. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened when Diaz attempted to turn south onto Kandiyohi County Road 25 from Kandiyohi County Road 5.
CASS LAKE—A level 3 offender will be released near the Cass Lake area Feb. 7. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported Matthew Ryan Ottoson, 27, will be released from prison. Ottoson has a history of sexual conduct with adolescent female victims ages 13-15. Conduct included force to gain compliance and he was known to his victims. Ottoson is 5 feet, 10 inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 131 pounds.
Two people died in a crash just east of Miesville Friday afternoon, Jan. 27. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash occurred at 3 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 316 in Welch Township (Goodhue County). A Chrysler van was driving westbound on Highway 61 and a Ford SUV was southbound on Highway 316 when the two vehicles collided, causing the Ford to roll. Both drivers were killed; a passenger was transported to Regions Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.
WAUBUN, Minn.—A White Earth, Minn., police officer was injured Saturday night after a car hit his squad vehicle during a traffic stop. The 52-year-old man's squad car, a 2014 Ford Explorer, was stopped at 9:14 p.m. just north of Minnesota Highway 113 on U.S. Highway 59 in Waubun, according to a Minnesota State Patrol crash report. A 2005 Chevy Malibu, driven by Karen Jean Jones, 63, of White Earth, was southbound on Highway 59.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. -- Icy roads were to blame for a Saturday night rollover about 7 miles west of Mahnomen, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
BAUDETTE, Minn. - One person is dead after a fatal car-versus-pedestrian accident in northwest Minnesota. A man was driving in a car 12 miles north of Baudette Sunday night, Jan. 29. The driver saw a person kneeling on the road and tried to swerve out of the way but hit the person, Minnesota State Patrol said in a statement. The victim's name has not been released and the driver was not hurt.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Protesters in both Minneapolis and St. Paul on Friday, Jan. 27, met on the Lake Street-Marshall Bridge to rally against President Donald Trump’s orders earlier this week to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. Around 4 p.m., the Minneapolis Police Department said in a Twitter post that Lake Street was closed, showing a photo of protesters gathered across all four lanes of the bridge.
Authorities are investigating a shooting that left a 17-year-old male injured on Thursday in Duluth’s East Hillside neighborhood. Duluth police released few details about the incident Thursday, but said investigators “believe that the victim and suspect were known to each other and this was not a random shooting.” Authorities said they do not believe there is an ongoing public safety concern related to the incident.