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VIRGINIA, Minn. — One person died and two others were treated for burns from an early morning house fire in Virginia.
Hazardous materials workers from three major railroad companies secured the scene of a train derailment and resulting spill of a combustible chemical south of Superior on Tuesday morning. “We have contained the single leaking rail car, which was hauling octene, a liquid solvent used in plastic production,” Union Pacific spokeswoman Calli Hite said in a statement to the News Tribune early Tuesday afternoon. Union Pacific owns and operates the train that derailed.
Vice President Joe Biden is planning to campaign in Duluth on Friday in support of the Democratic ticket, a state party leader told the News Tribune. It is not yet decided where Biden will speak, but advance teams were in town on Tuesday scouting locations in both eastern and western Duluth, said the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The Minneapolis Star Tribune also reported that Biden was slated to come to Duluth.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline called for a “national day of action” on Tuesday, Oct. 25, by asking supporters to share prayers and songs for more than 100 people arrested during protests this past weekend.
A semi hauling an excavator on a flatbed trailer struck a railroad bridge overpass on State Highway 61 in Cook County on Monday, causing the excavator to break away and slide across the roadway into the opposite ditch. A Jeep heading north swerved to avoid the southbound wreck and struck a guardrail, the Minnesota State Patrol news release said.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. – Described at the time as believing the western Minnesota town had “a conspiracy going against him,” the former mayor of Watson pleaded guilty earlier this month to breaking into the current mayor’s home in March. Joseph Mark Rongstad, 34, will be sentenced Dec. 13 on a felony charge of third-degree burglary. As part of an Oct. 10 plea agreement, additional charges of felony first-degree burglary and misdemeanor trespassing will be dismissed.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Wild rice is as synonymous with Minnesota cuisine as lakes are to the state's reputation. Wild rice has been used as a food source for centuries, and it's grown in more than half of Minnesota's counties. Clearly, it's a big deal. In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we visit a central Minnesota family which has made a living on harvesting wild rice for four generations. The crew also travels to Wisconsin for a very special pheasant hunt.
TROY, Wis. -- A Wisconsin girl killed in a crash last week swerved off the road to avoid being struck by another motorist on her cellphone, according to new information released Monday by St. Croix County authorities. The victim, identified by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office as 16-year-old Kyra F. Hayes of Beldenville, died Friday in a crash on Highway 35 in Troy. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to the sheriff’s office news release.
FARGO -- Bobby Vee, the Fargo boy who stepped into the spotlight the day after the music died, died early Monday, Oct. 24, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according...
A Brainerd woman reportedly fell asleep at the wheel, triggering a crash that caused her vehicle to become airborne in Aitkin County early Sunday morning. Inez Hart, 66, suffered what authorities described as minor injuries when her Chevrolet Impala, driven south on U.S. Highway 169, entered a ditch and hit an access point, sending it into the air for about 100 feet, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. She was brought to Riverwood Hospital.