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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials say 397 people died in traffic fatalities on state roadways in 2016, a number that could climb near the 2015 final figure of 411 as more data is evaluated. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety projects the final number to be 412, it said in a news release Thursday, Jan. 5. Pedestrian deaths increased to 60 in a preliminary count, the highest number since 61 died in 1991 and a 50 percent increase over the average of the past five years.
BERTHOLD, N.D. -- Authorities seized 11½ pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and are calling it one of the largest drug busts in North Dakota. Authorities arrested three Washington men, David Salazar, 47, Gregorio Capetillo, 24, and Louis Parra Magana, 19, for misdemeanor drug possession.
CROSBY—A Palisade, Minn., man was in critical condition Wednesday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis after he was found lying in the middle of the road on the 27000 block of Crow Wing County Road 32 in Crosby.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Three teenagers were robbed at gunpoint Tuesday morning near Eagan High School, police said. The three juvenile victims told police they were involved in an attempted drug exchange at 9:35 a.m. with three other people in a parking lot at Northview Park, located northwest of the high school and Dakota Hills Middle School in the southeast Twin Cities suburb. One of the three other people pointed a gun at the juveniles and demanded valuables, according to a police news release.
A bar fight allegedly led to a double shooting that left one man dead and his brother seriously injured on New Year’s Day in Superior. The Superior Police Department on Monday identified the homicide victim as 21-year-old Kyle Androsky. Authorities said he was fatally shot behind the Third Base Bar Sunday morning. His brother, David Androsky, 27, was shot in the chest and taken to Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, where he was listed in stable condition Monday.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A man suspected of snowmobiling while drunk was able to outrun officers, despite crashing on a frozen lake, but his footprints later led to his arrest. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Jere Dosdall, 47, of Alexandria.
GRAND MARAIS — A 22-year-old Grand Marais man was killed in a snowmobile crash on New Year’s Eve. Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen said Wayne Gunnar Anderson was snowmobiling with a friend about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday on County Road 8 just north of Grand Marais when he became separated from his machine and was struck by his friend’s machine.
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ST. PAUL—Just weeks after chronic wasting disease was found in three wild deer in southeast Minnesota, the fatal brain disease has been identified in a farmed deer herd in Crow Wing County near Merrifield, Minn., the Minnesota Department of Animal Health reported Friday. The herd of 33 mule deer and 100 white-tailed deer is registered with the Board of Animal Health. Two, 2-year-old female deer were slaughtered on the farm, and both tested positive for CWD, the board said. The deer showed no clinical signs of illness.
WAHPETON, N.D. – The suspect in a Breckenridge shooting Thursday, Dec. 29, was arrested Friday afternoon, Dec. 30, in Wahpeton, N.D. Several agencies involved in Friday’s daylong manhunt for 27-year-old Matthew David Allard, of Breckenridge, found him about 3 p.m. at a mobile home in south Wahpeton, said Wahpeton Police Chief Scott Thorsteinson.