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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.
The rural Minnesota and Park Rapids-based activist group Toxic Taters have formed an online petition. The group is protesting excessive pesticide use by companies like RDO – and backed by companies like McDonald’s – that cause “pesticide drifts” onto nearby properties and communities.
Todd County was within its rights to fire a former sheriff’s deputy, according to a state arbitrator. Mark Grinstead, who now serves as a part-time police officer for the city of Osakis, filed a grievance with the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services about his termination, claiming the county’s actions were without just cause. In defending the termination, Todd County’s labor attorney, Kristi Hastings, said Grinstead had a history of vehicle accidents, mostly due to excessive speed, driving unreasonably in light of conditions and distracted driving. Grinstead was involved in 33 cras
This last week we had many anglers remove fish houses from area lakes, especially the lakes south of highways 10 and 34. This Monday, March 3, all houses south have to be off. The lakes north will have two more weeks before shelters need to be removed. The melt we had a couple weeks ago helped knock the snow down considerably. The subsequent cold weather has helped freeze a crust on top of the snow.
I recently enjoyed a savory meal of ruffed grouse and sharp-tailed grouse breasts, legs, and thighs served alongside mounds of mouth-watering wild rice. The two species of grouse, as well as the wild rice, were all harvested from Clearwater and Hubbard counties by yours truly. As I sat and dined on the Minnesota bounty, I couldn’t help but feel quietly content that the wild food I ate was home grown and gratifyingly healthy.
ST. PAUL — Public safety officials across Minnesota lose sleep at night over the possibility of major crude oil transportation disasters such as ones last year in North Dakota and Quebec. That is what state Public Safety Commissioner Mona Doman told House Transportation Finance Committee members Thursday as they heard that firefighters and others first responders are not ready for such disasters. Highly flammable crude oil from western North Dakota’s Bakken formation is being transported in nearly two-mile-long trains through Minnesota, the committee learned.
BISMARCK -- Grant County State’s Attorney Todd Schwarz said a plea agreement has been reached with white supremacist Craig Cobb, who is accused of terrorizing residents in the small town of Leith, N.D. A change of plea hearing is set for 3 p.m. Thursday in Burleigh County. Schwarz said the deal calls for Cobb to plead guilty to one of the six felony terrorizing charges he faces. The other five terrorizing charges would be reduced to Class A misdemeanor menacing charges. Under the recommended sentence, Cobb, who has been in jail since Nov.