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A driver suffered minor injuries after striking and killing a horse in rural Wadena County early Saturday morning. Forty-six-year-old Matthew Collins of St. Paul was traveling northbound on County Road 23 in Wing River Township when the Chevrolet S-10 pickup he was driving collided with a horse about 1 a.m. Saturday, according to the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. When emergency personnel arrived, they discovered the horse was deceased. Collins was transported to Tri-County Health Care with non-life-threatening injuries.
A late walleye run in Otter Tail County is not expected to dampen appetites on the first weekend of the 2014 fishing season. Anglers who dropped their pursuit of Minnesota’s state fish back in February will be able to pick up their rods and reels and go after the bottom feeders again this Saturday. Fergus Falls Area Fisheries Manager Jim Wolters has already encountered the popular game fish at the Department of Natural Resources fish trap on the Dead River. Wolters and his staff set up a fish trap in April each year and milk female walleyes of their spawn.
ST. PAUL – Farmers, homeowners, renters and businesses would share $103 million in a second round of Minnesota tax cuts after negotiators worked out a compromise that is expected to pass the Legislature next week. Lawmakers from both parties hailed the agreement Thursday, saying that it is good to send part of the state budget surplus back to Minnesotans. One tax negotiator compared the deal to checks Minnesotans received when Gov. Jesse Ventura was in office. “The House (property tax break) provisions were what appeared to be ‘Jesse checks’ before an election,” Sen.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - A former Mille Lacs County deputy received a 33-year prison sentence Thursday for sexually assaulting children on fishing trips in Otter Tail County. Aaron Joseph Heuer, 30, of Isle, must serve 22 years before he is eligible for supervised and conditional release, the Fergus Falls Daily Journal reported.
FOSSTON, Minn. – Anna Cymbaluk was all smiles after school Thursday, but that’s not always the case. Anna’s mother, Sarah Cymbaluk, posted a video to her Facebook page Wednesday night showing 8-year-old Anna in tears with her 7-year-old brother, Ben, by her side as the two described incidents of traumatic bullying on the school bus they ride in Fosston. In the video, Ben describes another child on the bus calling a high school girl a lesbian and telling her that she was going to kill herself, all while the bus driver sat idly by.
ST. PAUL - A bill to take guns away from Minnesota domestic abuse suspects awaits Gov. Mark Dayton's signature. The Senate passed the measure 60-4 Monday, the final step before the governor signs it into law. Protect Minnesota Board President Joan Peterson applauded the vote. Peterson's sister was killed with a gun by her estranged husband.
On a calm but cool morning, with ice floes moving in the Duluth ship canal, avid ship watcher Georgianna Henry typically would have watched a ship enter the harbor from atop the hillside. But not Thursday. She and JC Curtis, both from Duluth, braved the elements to come to Canal Park to honor the late U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar as the ship named after him passed under the Aerial Lift Bridge just after 9:30 a.m. “We wouldn’t have been here” otherwise, Henry said, but honoring the congressman was important. “It was emotional,” Curtis said.
The fishing opener weekend of May 10-11 will be a busy traffic period, especially in northern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). “Some of the main concerns are drivers who are not paying attention, following too closely and speeding, especially around the lakes areas,” said Sgt. Jesse Grabow, regional public information officer.
BENSON, Minn. — A kindergarten student brought a gun to a Benson elementary school Tuesday morning. In a news release, Swift County Sheriff John Holtz said the sheriff’s office, Benson Police and Northside Elementary officials were notified of the situation just after 8 a.m. Other students immediately told a teacher about the gun.
WAHPETON, N.D. – Scupper the golden retriever stood alert on the bow of a flat-bottom boat Tuesday afternoon on the Wild Rice River. He was trying to pick up a scent, but a stiff breeze complicated his efforts. “Today is a poor day for working the dog because of the amount of wind,” said Pete Fendt, a Valley Water Rescue team member who took a turn in the bow, probing the brown waters with a long pole, to no avail. It was another day of unsuccessful searching for 20-year-old Andrew Sadek, a North Dakota State College of Science student last seen about 2 a.m.