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MORRIS, Minn. -- Ricky D. Molden, 53, of Hancock died in a two-vehicle head-on crash reported at 4:55 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, on Minnesota Highway 9, milepost 62, just north of Morris, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Molden was a passenger in a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Morgan M. Molden, 17, of Hancock that was northbound on Highway 9, the State Patrol said. A 1997 Dodge driven by Randall R. Pashen, 53, of Morris, was southbound on the highway when it crossed the centerline and hit the Chevrolet head-on, the State Patrol said.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Three finalists have been named to fill a vacancy in west and central Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District to replace retiring Judge David Battey in Alexandria. The finalists are contract administrative law judge and St. Cloud State University Student Legal Services attorney Amy Chantry, assistant Seventh District public defender Timothy Churchwell and assistant Douglas County Attorney Michelle Clark.
ST. PAUL -- The number of teenagers seeking treatment at a hospital after being sexually assaulted dropped between 2010 and 2014 in Minnesota, the state health department reported Friday. The overall number of hospital-treated sexual violence cases didn’t change much over the five years — from 1,442 in 2010 to 1,411 in 2014, according to data the Minnesota Department of Health released. But among 15- to 19-year-olds, the number decreased from 339 visits in 2010 to 276 in 2014.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday announced that winter walleye regulations will allow anglers to keep one walleye between 19 and 21 inches or one longer than 28 inches. The 2016-17 winter regulation continues last winter's one-fish limit but moves the harvest slot limit up slightly from last year's 18 to 20 inches. The winter walleye season begins Dec. 1 and extends through Feb. 26.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Information Center is moving to longer phone hours and days. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 2, outdoor enthusiasts can call for information in the evenings and Saturdays. The DNR Information Center has been taking calls since 1982 and receives about 100,000 calls and 25,000 emails every year. The move represents a more than 60 percent increase in availability over the usual weekday business hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama declared a weather disaster in Minnesota on Wednesday, Nov. 2. His declaration means federal aid will be available to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding Sept. 21-24.
BISMARCK – Law enforcement officers and Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are engaged in a standoff Wednesday, Nov. 2, on the banks of a creek between the main protest camp and pipeline construction area. Morton County spokeswoman Donnell Preskey said protesters are trying to gain access to private property known as the Cannonball Ranch. Protesters had tried to build a wooden pedestrian bridge across the Cantapeta Creek, but law enforcement used a boat to pull the bridge apart.
BISMARCK – President Barack Obama says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking at whether there are ways to reroute the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to address the concerns of Native Americans who fear it will desecrate sacred lands and contaminate their water supply if it leaks. The president was asked about intervening in the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline during an interview with online news outlet NowThis.
ROSEAU COUNTY, Minn. -- Hundreds of pigs that died in a farming accident in northern Minnesota were disposed of in a rendering plant, authorities say. Michael Crusan, communications director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, said that 473 pigs died in a farming accident in Roseau County on Oct. 26.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A Thief River Falls man was sentenced to serve more than five years in state prison for his role in a May 2015 crash that killed a Warren man. Scott Wayne Srnsky, 42, was convicted of criminal vehicular manslaughter, a felony, in August for the death of Jacob James Kasprowicz, 29, in what authorities described as a meth-fueled game of chicken. On Monday, he was sentenced to serve 68 months in state correctional facilities. He will receive credit for 483 days served.