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PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. – The death of a 4-year-old Pelican Rapids girl, who fell ill after becoming infected with a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria, was an isolated case, a health official said Monday. Sophia Amy Odens started having flu-like symptoms Feb. 5, and she was hospitalized the next day in Detroit Lakes, according to her obituary, which ran Sunday in The Forum. Odens was soon transferred to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, and tests revealed she was infected with the O157:H7 strain of E. coli.
Spring has officially arrived, but we still have plenty of ice on the area lakes. It looks like we will continue to have ice available for ice anglers for at least the next two or three weeks (or four or five!). The season is closed for walleye, northern, and bass in our area, but avid ice anglers that enjoy chasing pan fish will enjoy the next several weeks. Pan fish action in the shallow water will continue to improve with the improving weather.
With warm weather on the way, many all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders are anxious to hit the trails, but the Department of Natural Resources reminds riders to be aware of riding restrictions in some parts of the state due to wet conditions or closures. Between April 1 and Aug.
FARGO – Nancy Stromback was suddenly overcome by weakness two weeks ago while preparing to run an errand and was unable to move from the driver’s seat of her van. One of her daughters found her two hours later, and she was rushed by ambulance to the hospital in nearby Park Rapids, Minn., where doctors diagnosed a heart attack. At Essentia Health in Fargo, where she was transferred, a surgeon repaired two faulty valves in her heart. A few days after that major surgery, the cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr.
David Sobieski of rural Perham for 2B and Roger Erickson of rural Baudette for 2A were endorsed as state representative candidates by Democractic-Farmer-Labor Party members from Senate District 2 during its endorsing convention on Friday. Sobieski, a small businessman from rural Perham —Butler Township in Otter Tail County—is running for public office for the first time as he vows to upset Freshman HD 2B Republican Steve Green in this fall’s general election. Rep. Erickson entered the legislature in the same freshman class of 2012 as Green.
Two fatal crashes in Minnesota on Monday, one west of Eden Valley and one south of Winthrop, are the latest incidents making March a deadly month on the state’s highways. According to the State Patrol’s preliminary numbers, there have been 19 deaths on Minnesota highways since March 1. That compares to nine deaths in 2013. There were three fatalities including a 5-year-old child who was killed in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 169 south of St.
ST. PAUL -- Plans to train first responders such as firefighters to battle oil disasters are gaining traction in the Minnesota Legislature. "It takes just one of these trains at the wrong place at the wrong time for a catastrophe," Rep.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has a small window of opportunity when it comes to aerial mapping, and that window is about to open. The snow is about to melt away (hopefully) and the trees have yet to start budding, leaving a view from the sky wide open. “MnDOT contracts for aerial photography most years to create a record of what is in place now,” District Land Surveyor Tom Harper said. That photography could be used for future projects, determining drainage areas, wetlands and more. “The engineers decide where projects are coming,” he said, adding that they look five
DULUTH — The tenfold increase in Minnesota youngsters poisoned by e-cigarette juice last year is alarming, a local anti-smoking advocate said. “It’s a startling increase and something we should be very concerned about,” said Pat McKone, -based director of tobacco control programs and policy for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. But it needs to be viewed in context, said Duluth e-cigarette proprietor Daniel Albrecht, citing a much greater number of poisonings from other products. The Minnesota Department of Health reported Tuesday that 50 teens and children were victi
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday used his first public appearance since Feb. 8 to accuse fellow Democrats who lead the Senate of stalling a tax-cut bill until they won approval for a new Senate office building. An hour and a half later, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook and Tax Chairman Rod Skoe of Clearbrook showed off a tax bill they hope senators pass Thursday, without a building agreement. They denied that Dayton's comments changed their plans. Dayton, who has been in a body cast since Feb.