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WALKER, Minn. -- A 31-year-old Bena man who was allegedly drinking faces criminal vehicular homicide charges after the car he was driving went off the road and hit three trees last month near Walker, killing his passenger. Phillip C. Nelson has been charged in Cass County District Court in Walker to three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide -- including being under the influence of alcohol, having an alcohol concentration of .08 or more and having a .08 concentration within two hours of driving, among other more minor charges.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A man escaped injuries Thursday when he drove his vehicle through his second-story garage at his southwest Brainerd apartment slamming into the pavement below. Brainerd police and firefighters were called at 3 p.m. and upon arrival, they found that the Jeep Grand Cherokee went straight through the back wall of the second-story garage and landed nose first into the pavement, with the back wheels still hanging to the upper level of his garage.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A homeless Crookston woman faces multiple felony charges after a man who previously took her in said she forced her way into his home, assaulted him and stole his prescription pills Sunday, police said. Amy Sue Clausen, 41, was charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling and theft, all felonies. She faces additional misdemeanor charges of interfering with an emergency call and assault for her alleged actions Sunday.
ST. PAUL -- State officials say they know who made a vague threat to northern Minnesota schools, causing dozens to be locked down on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
ST. PAUL — Many northern Minnesota schools were locked down to some degree Wednesday after a vague school threat, but as students headed home for the day, no incidents had been reported. While individual school or school district lockdowns are common, a situation that affects students from the North Dakota border in the west to the shores of Lake Superior in the east is rare, if not unique. Police were stationed at some schools throughout the day, and departments in a few areas brought in more officers as classes dismissed.
ST. PAUL -- The New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul joint 2017 tour that opens in Ohio and closes in Florida will make a stop in St. Paul. Billed as “The Total Package Tour,” the 44-city trek will run from May 12 to July 16. The tour will make a stop at the Xcel Center on June 14.
VICTORIA, Minn. -- Part of Minnesota Highway 7 is expected to be closed until at least 6 p.m. Wednesday after a semi-tanker lost a 368,000-pound tank on a stretch of the highway just west of Minneapolis.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A Duluth-based network of specialty clinics and primary clinics, located mostly in small towns in Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, will be out of Blue Cross Blue Shield's insurance network as of Feb. 1. "Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota is cutting off access to good health care providers in order to pad their bottom line," said Jeffrey Tucker, president of Integrity Health Network, during a news conference on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
A 19-year-old Laporte man was injured Monday, Nov. 14 when he accidently shot himself in the leg. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of an accidental gunshot victim at 11:50 a.m. Monday on Osprey Drive near Laporte.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials still do not have answers to why two technology issues hit MNsure on the first day it sold individual health insurance policies two weeks ago. "Minnesota IT Services continues to investigate this situation and is reviewing the data," spokeswoman Cambray Crozier said Tuesday, Nov. 15.