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Willmar, Minn. - A pickup truck slammed into a Kandiyohi County squad car Thursday morning head-on as it was stopped at a crash scene, becoming the second of two crashes within minutes on the same stretch of Highway 71 south of Willmar. According to the State Patrol, the first crash happened just after 8 a.m., when a 2007 Dodge Caravan attempted to pass a 2003 Buick Rendezvous as both traveled south on Highway 71. The road was icy, and the Dodge lost control near 150th Avenue Southeast, sideswiping the buick and pushing it into the ditch.
ST. PAUL — Two more deer suspected of having chronic wasting disease have been found in Fillmore County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday, Jan. 10. The DNR received preliminary test results Jan 6. Final results are expected later this week. The two adult female deer were killed within a mile of the first two positive deer.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A Willmar man accused of exposing himself to a woman at the Willmar Public Library has been sentenced to two years of probation and stayed jail time. Jesus Gabriel Rivera, 34, pleaded guilty in November in Kandiyohi County District Court to gross misdemeanor indecent exposure.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials say 397 people died in traffic fatalities on state roadways in 2016, a number that could climb near the 2015 final figure of 411 as more data is evaluated. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety projects the final number to be 412, it said in a news release Thursday, Jan. 5. Pedestrian deaths increased to 60 in a preliminary count, the highest number since 61 died in 1991 and a 50 percent increase over the average of the past five years.
CLOQUET - Court documents released Tuesday revealed the name of the victim in Friday’s shooting in Cloquet. John F. Korby, 36, of Cloquet, died from multiple gunshots, including one to his head. The incident was reported just before 9 a.m. Friday on the Fond du Lac Reservation, according to Cloquet police. Korby was taken to a Duluth hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
LANESBORO - A third deer infected with chronic wasting disease has been discovered in southeastern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. A hunter harvested the deer in mid-November about 5 miles north of the two previously reported infected deer, which were killed about 4 miles west of Lanesboro. An area taxidermist later provided a sample for testing to the DNR.
JORDAN – Calvin Robnik, 53, of New London, was killed in a car crash Monday, south of Jordan in Scott County. The crash took place at approximately 5:25 p.m. at the intersection of state Highway 21 and 220th Street West. According to the Minnesota State Patrol incident report, a 2013 Volkswagen Touareg, driven by Christopher Shimek, 51, of Prior Lake, was driving westbound on 220th Street, approaching Highway 21. Robnik’s 2007 Chrysler Sebring was headed southbound on Highway 21, approaching 220th Street. The Touareg and Sebring collided in the intersection.
PERHAM - A rural Perham man was injured Sunday, Dec. 25, when a fish house fire spread to nearby residences. According to a report released by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office: Perham area fire crews and members of the sheriff’s office were called about 6:30 a.m. Sunday to the rural Perham residence of Paul Krause, 62, where a fire in a fish house on dry land spread to nearby structures.
FRAZEE - One person died and another was critically injured when a vehicle struck two pedestrians early Sunday, Dec. 25, on Highway 29 about five miles north of Frazee, according to a report released by Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander. According to the report: A vehicle driven by Alexis Birky, 20, of Frazee, was driving southbound on the highway about 6 a.m. Sunday, when her vehicle collided with two people who were walking in the southbound lane of the highway.
DULUTH - It'll be a one-two punch of aerial acrobatic excellence at the 2017 Duluth Air and Aviation Expo. Airshow organizers said Tuesday that the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will join the previously announced U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels for the event, to be held June 3-4 at the Duluth International Airport.