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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill written to drop electrical cooperatives and municipal utilities from Minnesota Public Utilities Commission oversight. The governor said the bill, written by Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, would eliminate protections Minnesotans enjoy when the PUC regulates their electric operations. "I have heard from many Minnesotans in opposition to this bill," Dayton wrote in his veto letter. The governor told of a farmer who could not settle a dispute with his cooperative, but once the PUC got involved it was resolved.
WARROAD, Minn.—A Canadian woman who was detained at a Minnesota port of entry Sunday, March 19, had a half-ounce of marijuana stashed inside her, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said. CBP officials say a 26-year-old woman from Big Island, Ont., was crossing into the U.S. at the Warroad with two other Canadian citizens when the car was selected for a secondary inspection. The woman's name was not released by CBP.
MANKATO, Minn. -- A 4-year-old boy has died after his clothing caught on a hook at a Mankato thrift store on Saturday, Mankato police said. Around 5:40 p.m., March 18, police and medical responders were called to the Again Thrift & More store after the boy was found unresponsive in a dressing room. While a relative was using a dressing room, the 4-year-old crawled underneath another dressing room door and once inside, had his clothing get caught on a hook, police Cmdr. Daniel Schisel said.
ST. CLOUD — Two people were killed and a third person was seriously injured when a semi rear-ended a taxi in the city limits of St. Cloud. The crash happened on southbound Highway 10 at the intersection of Saint Germain Street around 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, March 18. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Dodge Caravan operating as a taxi was stopped at a red light when a Freightliner semi came up from behind and rear ended the van.
UNDERWOOD, Minn. -- A Minnesota woman suffered a fatal injury when she fell from her horse Wednesday afternoon, March 15. According to a report released by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office: Kirsten Laney, 48, and a friend were riding horses around 3 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area near Laney’s home in Underwood when Laney’s horse was spooked.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. – The board of Amnesty International USA says it has “serious human rights concerns” about the treatment of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents on or near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The organization’s board of directors recently wrote a letter to North Dakota’s governor and attorney general calling on state officials to investigate the use of water hoses and chemical irritants used against protesters and arrests the organization said involved excessive force.
FRAZEE, Minn.—A Frazee man who previously hoaxed two Twin Cities TV stations and was convicted of scamming Hummer owners has been sentenced In Becker County District Court on a misdemeanor charge of failing to deliver a motor vehicle title. Blake Andrew Sundvor, also known as Blake Mastin, 34, and a former National Guard mechanic, had stiffer charges dismissed.
OTTERTAIL, Minn. — Fire heavily damaged a home here Saturday night, March 11, resulting in officials calling it a complete loss, an Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department deputy reported. The homeowner, 35-year-old Cody James Dahl, has been charged with first-degree arson after the Minnesota State Fire Marshall and Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office say Dahl gathered up flammable materials in the attached garage of his home and lit them on fire around 9:40 p.m. He reportedly used a lighter and accelerant.
HILL CITY, Minn. — A 40-year-old Hill City man died early Saturday as the result of a rollover crash about 6 miles north of Hill City. The Minnesota State Patrol received notice of the accident at 5:24 a.m. A Volkswagen Passat that was heading north on Highway 169 drifted off the right shoulder of the road, struck a driveway approach and rolled, finally coming to rest on its wheels, according to a State Patrol report.
NELSON, Minn.—Two people from Nelson were injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash Saturday evening in Douglas County. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded at 5:34 p.m. Sunday to a report of an overturned ATV near Nelson, or about 115 miles southeast of Fargo. The driver, 28-year-old Aaron Joseph Salo, and his passenger, Diane Linda Danner, 53, were taken to hospitals.