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Two St. Cloud men were arrested in Alexandria Friday during an investigation into the sale of marijuana, Ecstacy and other drugs in large-scale quantities throughout Central Minnesota. Investigators with the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force, along with the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force, received information that a large marijuana transaction was going to occur in the city of Alexandria on May 2. Investigators in St.
FARGO – Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota fired its president and chief executive officer, the company announced Monday. Paul von Ebers’ termination, voted on Friday by the insurance giant’s board of directors, comes days after the company announced a dismal financial year.
North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm’s Dec. 26, 2013, cease and desist order against Frederick Paul Skoda, formerly of Fargo, now of Detroit Lakes, has been made permanent by an Administrative Law Judge. The order bars Skoda from engaging in the business of insurance directly or indirectly. The order was served on Skoda for committing insurance fraud by filing multiple applications for insurance policies for individuals that never wanted the insurance.
Two people from Cass Lake were killed in a head-on collision Saturday night in Cass County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol incident report, a 2004 Kia Spectra was southbound on County Road 75 and Leech Lake Route 438 before 11 p.m.
BECKER COUNTY, Minn. – A 5-year-old boy died Thursday evening in a farm accident south of Wolf Lake, Minn., according to the Becker County Sheriff’s Department. It appeared the boy tried to get into a skid-steer loader by crawling between the bucket and the frame of the machine, the department said. The loader was not running but was under hydraulic pressure.
Minnesota representatives Monday gave unanimous approval to the establishment of a vehicle license plate for female military veterans. With a 110-0 vote and no debate, the House answered requests made by women veterans in numerous legislative committee meetings during the past two months. Rep. Jerry Newton, D-Coon Rapids, said that he has heard from many women veterans who say “they are tired of driving their cars” with veterans’ license plates, only to have people come up and tell them “thank your husband for his service to the country.” A similar bill awaits a Senate vote.
Most Minnesota representatives agree that the state owes people wrongly convicted for crimes. The House voted 121-2 Monday to provide up to $100,000 a year to people wrongly imprisoned and up to $50,000 for people put on supervisory release after they were improperly convicted. They also would receive a certificate from the state indicating they should not have been convicted. Rep. John Lesch, D-St.
Minnesota legislators have been trying to get rid of Asian carp for years, and on Monday senators got rid of the ‘Asian’ part of the name. On a split voice vote, senators approved dropping ‘Asian’ from the invasive carp name. “Words matter,” Sen. John Hoffman, D-Champlin, said in urging the change. “We may not be able to stop others from using the terminology,” he said, but the state does not need to use the term ‘Asian.’ Sen. Foung Hawj, D-St. Paul, said the state needs to do a better job of being sensitive. The provision was included in a larger bill.
GLYNDON, Minn. – Two Detroit Lakes people were taken to the hospital after a broadside crash on Highway 10 east of here Wednesday afternoon. Minnesota State Patrol officials say Ryan and Angela Schute, 31 and 28, were headed east on Highway 10 at about 3 in the afternoon in their Chevy Uplander when their vehicle broadsided Camille Jezycki-Ratsey’s 2010 Subaru, which was crossing the highway. Jezycki-Ratsey, 51, of Glyndon, was unharmed in the crash. Neither of the Schute’s injuries are considered life-threatening.
WAUBUN, Minn. – A 29-year-old Fergus Falls woman was seriously injured in a rollover crash just south of here Wednesday evening. Jessica Lemer was driving her 2002 Ford Explorer southbound on U.S. Highway 59 at about 5 p.m. when she swerved to avoid a vehicle going the wrong direction in her lane, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Lemer’s vehicle rolled into the ditch and she was ejected, suffering serious injuries, the patrol said. She was brought to a hospital in Mahnomen. It is unknown who the driver of the other vehicle was, the patrol said.