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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.
EMILY, Minn. — A 65-year-old hunter was found dead Saturday, Nov. 19, near a deer stand in Ross Lake Township. The St. Louis Park man was round lying in snow a short distance from the stand, east of Emily, by a friend and reported it to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office at 3:47 p.m. Saturday. Foul play is not suspected and it was suspected the man had a medical emergency, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
NEW YORK -- Actress Kristen Wiig wore a "Stand with Standing Rock" T-shirt during the close of "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday night, Nov. 19. The former "SNL" cast member was hosting the show for the second time since her departure in 2012. At the close, Wiig thanks the guest and says "Please stand with Standing Rock" as she tugs on her black T-shirt.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—An East Grand Forks man died Sunday night, Nov. 20, after the vehicle he was driving struck a deer and rolled in Polk County. According to a report released by the Polk County Sheriff's Office: The crash happened about 6:22 p.m. on Polk County Road 23 north of 150th Street Northwest in Brandt Township. A car driven by Jason K. Johnson, 42, was northbound on the county road when the vehicle struck a deer before going into the ditch and rolling over.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Pipeline protesters attempted to remove burned out vehicles blocking the Backwater Bridge on Highway 1806, which led to an hours-long standoff with police using fire hoses to repel protesters on Sunday night, Nov. 20. The bridge has been closed since Oct. 27. Multiple vehicles burned there that night as law enforcement pushed protesters out of the northern "front line" camp atop the pipeline route and back to the main camps near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
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.