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GRAND RAPIDS—An Aitkin man is dead after the vehicle he was driving landed in a lake in Grand Rapids. According to Grand Rapids police, neighbors awoke about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday to the sound of a car accelerating north on Pokegama Avenue. At a "T" intersection with Crystal Lake Boulevard the vehicle went straight, landing in Crystal Lake. The passenger, Savannah Hegdahl, 22, of Keewatin, was able to get out of the vehicle, and residents helped her to shore.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday, Sept. 14, directed the Minnesota National Guard to send a helicopter and response team to assist with Hurricane Florence relief efforts in North Carolina. “I thank the courageous Minnesota National Guard soldiers who will provide this critical assistance,” Dayton said in a news release. “Minnesotans stand ready to assist in any way we are able.”
SAUK CENTRE, Minn. — A man is in custody after allegedly shooting a Stearns County deputy in the arm with an arrow early Thursday afternoon, Sept. 13. The incident started with a call saying the suspect drove a pickup into a building, according to a Stearns County press release.
RED WING, Minn. -- Minnesota secretary of state candidate John Howe is back on the campaign trail after falling off a parade float Sunday, Sept. 9. Meanwhile, his campaign manager, who was run over by the trailer, is now recovering at a Red Wing care facility. Tim Droogsma, a former press secretary to U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz and Gov. Arne Carlson, said the move will allow him to continue his rehabilitation on his legs and hips, a news release from the Republican Party of Minnesota said. Droogsma said he expects to re-join Howe soon.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota has the lowest adult obesity rate among Upper Midwest states despite an increase of 0.7 percent from 2016 to 2017. Iowa has the highest percentage at 36.4 percent, followed by North Dakota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. Minnesota's adult obesity rate of 28.4 percent also ranks the lowest amongst 12 Midwest states, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a news release.
ST. PAUL -- The arrest of one woman with a blood-alcohol content of 0.21 driving to a dentist’s office with her 3-year-old child in Alexandria was just one of 1,369 such arrests Minnesota law enforcement made during a campaign targeting drunken drivers. Extra drunken driving enforcement Aug. 17-Sept.2 yielded just one less arrest than last year’s campaign total, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a news release. Authorities issued 1,244 seat belt violations, a drop of 286 from the 2017 campaign.
ST. PAUL—Tobacco use among Minnesota high school students increased for the first time in 17 years and state health officials attribute the rise to the popularity of e-cigarettes. The Minnesota Department of Health has now issued a health advisory regarding the latest evidence that early nicotine use increases the risks of addiction for youth now and later in life.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington, Minn., area is mourning the loss of a local businessman and hockey coach after an early Saturday morning, Sept. 8, hunting accident claimed the life of Jeffrey Dean Nickel at the Eagle Lake Wildlife Management Area southeast of Fulda, Minn.
SAGINAW, Minn. -- A St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office patrol sergeant was struck head-on by an alleged drunk driver late Tuesday, Sept. 11, an act a preliminary investigation shows may have been intentional. Nobody was injured and the 25-year-old Saginaw man was booked for DWI into the county jail, a sheriff’s office news release said on Wednesday. The sergeant was patrolling Industrial Township north of Saginaw on county Highway 8 near Minnesota Highway 33 around 11:45 p.m. when he noticed a vehicle traveling in his direction — on his side of the road.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state health officials are trying to find out more information about two dead bats that tested positive for rabies that were dropped off at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center last week. The Minnesota Department of Health said on Tuesday, Sept. 11, an unidentified woman left the bats at the center. The health department is trying to determine if the woman or anyone else had been exposed to the bats while they were alive, a news release said.