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ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s roads may be going on a low-salt diet. After a brutal winter, supplies are running so low that many cities are starting to cut their salt use by mixing in sand. If March brings another snowstorm or two, salt supplies could run out – and cities will be forced to buy salt that is almost four times more expensive.
SLEEPY EYE, Minn. – Two sons of the lead singer of a popular Fargo-area band were involved in a crash that killed four people near here Friday night, killing one of the sons and leaving the other hospitalized in intensive care. Payton Ryan Adams, 17, of Sleepy Eye, died in the crash, along with John D. Mangen, 18, of Fairfax, Caleb B. Quesenberry, 17, of St. Peter, and Tyler S.
FARGO -- A teenager, who on Feb. 18 was found face-down in the Fargo South High School swimming pool, has died. Frederic Ndereimana, 19, died Saturday at a Fargo hospital, according to Fargo Police. Until now, the teen's name and condition was unknown. Fargo Schools did not previously release the info and Fargo Police said the matter was under investigation. Police on Sunday reported the death and said the matter remains under investigation.
ST. PAUL – Allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays remains a steep climb in the Minnesota Legislature, so its prime proponent is willing to accept “baby steps.” Sen. Roger Reinert, D-Duluth, has introduced seven bills that to varying degrees allow Sunday sales, including some that make minor changes in existing state law that bans liquor store sales. House Speaker Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, has said he does not see how the House goes from the repeal receiving 20 votes in the past to a repeal passing this year. Reinert agreed.
One might say construction seems to be at its “peak” at Detroit Mountain these days. After a long, cold, harsh winter that slowed progress a bit, workers are busy on the large lodge that has been erected on the mountain. “It’s enclosed and interior work is being done,” said President of the Board of Directors Mark Fritz.
Cited for driving while intoxicated, Sebeka’s police chief has decided to retire. Eric Swenson, 48, has been a police officer for nearly 30 years and the Sebeka chief since 2007. Council members will address his retirement notice during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the council chambers. They’ll also discuss the future of the city’s police department. The meeting is now open to the public.
SEBEKA, Minn. - The Sebeka City Council will hold a closed meeting at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss the city’s police chief, who was cited last week on a charge of driving while intoxicated. A New York Mills police officer stopped Eric Swenson, 48, just outside city limits about 11 p.m. Feb. 26.
Authorities arrested seven after seizing methamphetamine and cash during raids of two homes Monday in Hewitt. Todd County sheriff’s deputies, along with agents from the from the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force and Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task force, searched 521 N. Wisconsin St. and 712 E. 2nd Ave. in the town of 266 nine miles south of Wadena.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.
MOORHEAD — A Battle Lake woman was injured in an SUV rollover on icy Interstate 94 here Wednesday afternoon. Janelle Howells, 49, was traveling westbound on I-94 just outside of Moorhead when the vehicle spun out coming around a curve, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report. The vehicle hit the ditch and rolled. Howells was transported to Essentia Health in Fargo to be treated for injuries that were not life threatening.