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In his first 15 years in the trucking industry, Bill Brady was unaware of youth sex trafficking along America’s highways, a problem hiding in plain sight. But after the New York Mills resident joined Lodestar Transport Services in Barnesville as an owner-operator, he learned about the issue through Truckers Against Trafficking, a Colorado-based group dedicated to ending the crime.
PARK RAPIDS —Hubbard County Social Services will ask for permission Dec. 17 to implement a new state law that lets counties deny public assistance to people who use drugs. Hubbard would join other counties, including Becker County, which recently implemented the law. Hubbard County Social Services Director Daryl Bessler said each county got a list of potential offenders this fall from the court system. In Hubbard County, only seven people fit the criteria. Becker County had 17. The law took effect in November.
MOORHEAD – Does a rose, if it’s not in a garden or a vase, smell as sweet? Linda and Dave Anderson are about to find out. The Moorhead couple have signed on to help decorate a float for this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. They’ll fly to Pasadena on Christmas Day to take part in the final days of preparation for what could be one of the parade’s premier entries, the Dole company’s “Sunrise at the Oasis” float. “It’s just been something I’ve always wanted to do,” Linda Anderson said. “Imagine all those roses.
With slick and snowy roads around the Fargo-Moorhead area, local law enforcement agencies have been dealing with a slew of crashes. The Minnesota State Patrol counted 111 crashes Monday in the west-central and northwest regions. Two of the crashes were fatal, six were rollovers, and 14 left motorists with injuries, patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow said. One of the fatalities was a 52-year-old Fargo man killed in a collision with a semi that jackknifed on Interstate 94 by St. Cloud. The other fatal crash occurred near Ortonville, Grabow said. Moorhead Police Lt.
A rural Detroit Lakes man escaped but his dog died when a pickup truck when through ice on Rock Lake Sunday morning. Stephen Sperl, 49, was driving a 1998 Toyota Tacoma about a half-mile from shore when the truck broke through near what authorities believe was a pressure ridge. Ice thickness near pressure ridges can vary greatly. According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, Sperl and his black lab were going ice fishing when the truck broke through about 7:40 a.m. He jumped out but the dog didn’t follow.
FARGO – The curtain is rising on winter in the Red River Valley, with Act 1 promising as much as a foot of snow over the next two days. And Act 2? The National Weather Service said the program hints at the potential for blizzard conditions by Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, with bitter temperatures creeping onto the stage Wednesday and sticking around for the foreseeable future. And by cold they’re talking low temperatures Friday morning and Saturday morning between minus 13 and minus 16. “We are for sure going into the heart of winter perhaps a bit earlier than we’d all like
Shoppers at the Detroit Lakes Walmart got more than they bargained for Friday afternoon, when they were evacuated because of a bomb threat. Police got the call 3:46 p.m. about a suspicious package in the store, but the Crow Wing County bomb squad determined that the package, which had been wrapped in a camoflauge jacket, was simply a bunch of items from the store. "It looks like somebody tried to shoplift a bunch of things and tied it up in the jacket with zipties and then either planned on coming back for it or got spooked and just left," said Detroit Lakes Sergeant Robert Strand.
ADA, Minn. – A 23-year-old man died early Saturday morning in a vehicle rollover about 5 miles east of here on Highway 200. Kirk F. Skaurud of Gary was ejected from the 2007 Chevy Silverado, which was traveling eastbound when it left the roadway after 2 a.m. The pickup truck traveled along the ditch for a distance before hitting a driveway approach and rolled. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels. The Ada Police Department, Norman County Sheriff’s Office and Twin Valley Police Department assisted Minnesota State Patrol at the scene.
AKELEY, Minn. – A Park Rapids woman was seriously injured when an SUV she was driving rolled near here early Sunday morning, the State Patrol reported. Cindy L. Lundmark, 56, was traveling westbound on Highway 34 about 2 a.m. when she left the road, drove into a ditch, and then hit a field approach, causing her 2010 Jeep to roll and come to rest on its roof, the patrol reported. A Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher said deputies said Lundmark was taken from the scene by air ambulance.
RED WING, Minn. -- Lavender aromatherapy can help people suffering from dementia sleep easier — that’s according to a new study conducted at an assisted living center in Red Wing. During a week in which residents with memory loss were exposed to lavender essential oil, they experienced an average increase of 42.5 minutes of sleep a night, said Amanda Cagan, a research assistant with the HealthPartners Alzheimer’s Research Center. The results could help pave the way for use of essential oils in memory care facilities as a safe alternative to sleep medication, Cagan said.