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ELY - Two crashes on icy highways in northeast Minnesota — one on Tuesday afternoon near Littlefork, the other on Wednesday morning near Ely — claimed three lives, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. A tractor-trailer collided with a sport-utility vehicle on an icy highway near Littlefork on Tuesday afternoon, resulting in the deaths of both occupants of the SUV.
MOORHEAD -- Federal Aviation Administration officials arrived Thursday, Nov. 24, to begin investigating what caused a plane to land in a field near the Moorhead Airport. Emergency crews were dispatched to a field where the privately owned plane had landed around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, just east of Clay County Road 11 near the airport runway. While initial reports of the incident referred to it as a crash, Deputy Mike Trygg with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said that isn’t what happened.
ST. PAUL — A St. Paul Park, Minn., man was identified as the victim of a homicide Sunday in St. Paul, according to police. Thomas Joseph Rivard, 35, was found by authorities about 8 p.m. in an apartment in the 500 block of Aldine Street, St. Paul police said Tuesday. The apartment is northwest of Snelling Avenue and Interstate 94. Rivard was pronounced dead at the scene.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Crookston woman who was apparently living in a tent died shortly after being found unresponsive at a site off a highway Friday night. Erin Koplitz was discovered about 10:50 p.m. Friday north of the Highway 75 bypass bridge west of Crookston, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Koplitz was taken to Riverview Hospital in Crookston, where she was pronounced dead, the release states. She was 34.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — A man suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot by a St. Louis County Sheriff's Office deputy early Tuesday, Nov. 22, following a high-speed chase on the Iron Range, authorities said. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported that the shooting happened after a 17-minute pursuit that started in Virginia and continued through Eveleth. The deputy fired his weapon after the suspect fled into the woods west of Eveleth, the BCA said.
ST. PAUL — Two deer from this fall’s hunt have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The deer, both male, were harvested near Lanesboro, in southeastern Minnesota’s Fillmore County, about one mile apart. One deer has been confirmed as CWD-positive, while the other is expected to be confirmed as positive later this week, according to the DNR.
ST. PAUL -- Talk of a Minnesota special legislative session to deal with soaring individual insurance policy rates continues, even as the 2017 regular session is just six weeks away. Gov. Mark Dayton said on Monday, Nov. 21, that he plans on Tuesday to unveil a new proposal about how to deal with policy costs. He earlier suggested an instant rebate to people buying individual policies who do not qualify for federal subsidies. About 5 percent of Minnesotans buy individual policies.
ST. PAUL -- Motorists are urged to watch for eagles on roadways this time of year as an increase in deer activity leads to more road-killed deer for the birds to feed on. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said while crows feasting on carcasses on roadways usually simply fly off, it’s a different situation for eagles.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A 33-year-old woman died from her injuries Sunday after she was hit by a car in downtown Duluth early Friday morning, authorities said. The Duluth Police Department responded to a report of a person struck by a vehicle in the area of Third Avenue East and Third Street just before 6 a.m., police spokesman Ron Tinsley said. Officers determined that the woman had been hit by a car driven by a 51-year-old man, and the woman was transported to a local hospital where she died Sunday.
LAPORTE, Minn. -- The driver of a SUV that struck and killed a man near Laporte early Sunday had alcohol in his system, the Minnesota State Patrol reports. Bradley H. Smith, 30, was driving a GMC Acadia eastbound on state Highway 200 in Hubbard County when the vehicle struck 45-year-old Luke Prescott of Princeton shortly after midnight. Prescott was standing on the shoulder of the road after walking away from a vehicle that had just gone off the road, the State Patrol said.