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BISMARCK — A northeast North Dakota woman has died after falling ill to a rare disease that's spread by infected rodent droppings, urine and saliva, the state Department of Health said Monday, Aug. 27. The unidentified adult woman fell ill to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. People can be exposed to HPS by breathing air that's contaminated with the virus when fresh rodent droppings, urine or nesting materials are disturbed, but it's not transmitted from person to person.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A 57-year-old man died early Monday, Aug. 20, after being struck by a train in Detroit Lakes. Emergency dispatchers received a report at about 12:15 a.m. Monday that a southbound Canadian Pacific Railway train had struck a pedestrian at a railroad crossing at Willow Street, according to a news release from the Detroit Lakes Police Department.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A Thief River Falls man was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 8, for stabbing a coworker in the neck, according to court records. Louis Damian Cruz Montanez, 26, was charged with attempted murder and assault with a weapon. If convicted, he could spend up to 20 years in prison and pay a $20,000 fine. Police were called Wednesday to Northern Pride, 419 Pennington Ave. S. in Thief River Falls. An affidavit for Cruz Montanez's arrest said he got into a fight with another man in the locker room. The man allegedly swung a box fan at Cruz Montanez.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Deer hunters will have more options this season, thanks to a rebounding population, officials said. According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, "favorable" winter weathers and previously conservative hunting regulations have led to stable and growing deer populations around the state. The DNR will allow hunters to use bonus permits to harvest more than one deer in more areas than in previous years; fewer areas will require hunters to apply in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota governor candidate state Rep. Erin Murphy suggests using money collected from online sales to be used to expand the state's high-speed internet broadband network. The Democrat said that should provide more than $100 million a year for broadband. State officials expect $132 million to $206 million annually from new sales tax collections. The U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled that businesses not inside the state still must pay sales tax.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A Michigan man has been arrested for climbing Mount Rushmore. Zachary Schossau, 19, of South Rockwood, Mich., was arrested by park rangers on Sunday, July 22. On Monday, he was ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman to pay a $1,000 fine and $30 in court fees, according to a Department of Justice news release. “Please be respectful and stay off the Rushmore Memorial,” U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons said. “The terrain is hazardous, and it ends in federal court.”
MINNEAPOLIS — Before U.S. Bank Stadium hosts the Final Four next spring, the University of Minnesota and several other teams from the region will play in the first basketball games at the Vikings' venue this fall. North Dakota State and South Dakota State will also be part of the first-ever men's basketball event at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The "U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic" will feature four games played, headlined by Minnesota playing Oklahoma State on Nov. 30.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—The semi truck driver who struck and killed a 16-year-old Vining boy a little over a year ago was found guilty Thursday, July 19, in Otter Tail County Court. A jury found Jason Vadner, 36, of Wheaton guilty of criminal vehicular homicide and misdemeanor careless driving for a head-on crash that killed Henning/Vining sophomore Jacob Quam April 13, 2017 as the teen was on his way to school.
DULUTH—Enbridge Energy is giving landowners more time to decide if they want the old Line 3 oil pipeline removed from their property after regulators approved a replacement for the aging pipeline last month. The Calgary-based company filed proposals to comply with conditions set on the certificate of need and route permit set by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which approved the approximately 340-mile pipeline that will stretch across northern Minnesota to connect Alberta with Superior, Wis.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A 38-year-old Brainerd man was struck and killed by a BNSF Railway train during the early morning hours Wednesday, July 11, in Brainerd, railroad officials reported. The fatality was reported about 2:35 a.m. A BNSF statement from spokeswoman Amy McBeth said a person was lying on the tracks when the train approached. The person was not at a designated crossing, McBeth said.