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DULUTH — First responders recovered the body of a male from Chester Creek on Tuesday, April 16, near the University of Minnesota Duluth. The male could not immediately be identified and it was not known Tuesday afternoon how long he was in the water. An investigation into the cause of death is ongoing, St. Louis County Undersheriff Dave Phillips said. The body was first reported around 4:32 p.m. by someone passing by the Ninth Street bridge over the creek. The steep incline, snow and ice made recovery of the body difficult, Phillips said.
BISMARCK -- With the arrival of spring and increased opportunities for spending time outdoors, the North Dakota Department of Health recommends people take precautions against ticks and the diseases they carry because tick season is at hand. “The highest risk of tick-borne disease transmission occurs between late spring and early fall,” said Laura Cronquist, an epidemiologist with the health department. “The key to preventing tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, is to avoid tick bites and find and remove ticks promptly.”
Norman County Sheriff's Office reported a bridge over a drainage ditch in rural Norman County failed due to floodwaters Tuesday, April 9, according to a Facebook post. "County Hwy 18 is closed North of County Hwy 19 due to bridge failure. Be careful driving during the flood as things like this can happen at anytime," the post said, accompanied by a photo.
FARGO -- The Red River at Fargo-Moorhead on Monday, April 8, reached a level only seen seven times in more than 100 years of recorded history, but there was little drama to go along with the high water. As of late afternoon Monday, the National Weather Service had received a reading from the U.S. Geological Survey of 35.03 feet for the Red River in Fargo-Moorhead. According to the USGS, flood levels have exceeded 35 feet in Fargo only seven times since gauge monitoring started in 1902, with those years being: 1969; 1989; 1997; 2001; 2009; 2010; and 2011.
ST. PAUL — A former Little Falls credit union CEO pleaded guilty to stealing at least $2.5 million following a five-year fraud investigation by the FBI. Margurite Mary Cofell, former president/manager/CEO of the St. Francis Campus Credit Union in Little Falls, appeared at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on a criminal charge of felony credit union fraud, where she entered her guilty plea. Her next court hearing has not yet been set.
FARGO — Pop singer Celine Dion will make her debut here when she plays the Fargodome on Oct. 30. The diva broke out in America in 1990 with “Where Does My Heart Beat Now” and topped the charts with “The Power of Love,” “Because You Loved Me” and the mega-hit “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie “Titanic.” Dion's "Courage World Tour," announced Wednesday, April 3, is the singer's first U.S. tour in more than a decade. She announced last fall that her longtime Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will come to an end June 8, 2019.
ST. PAUL - Over 300 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will participate in a campaign against distracted driving April 8-30, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety said. Minnesota is seeing a disturbing trend of distracted driving in the past six years.
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RED LAKE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussel larvae in Red Lake after studying samples gathered last summer by biologists from the Red Lake Nation. Zebra mussel larvae, called veligers, typically indicate the presence of a reproducing population of zebra mussels. No adult zebra mussels have been identified, officials said. Eight veligers were found in a zooplankton sample taken from the middle of Upper Red Lake.