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ST. PAUL -- Explore Minnesota has launched its annual fall color map and Clay and Norman counties in northwestern Minnesota are among a few small pockets leading the march toward autumn hues. "Scenic road trips, harvest season, festivals and outdoor recreation make fall the second-biggest travel season. Minnesota is a top destination to experience the fall colors at parks and trails across the state," said Explore Minnesota director John Edman in a news release. "With weekly statewide fall color reports, we're able to help travelers make the most of this special season."
FARGO — Minnesota ranked third and North Dakota fourth in WalletHub's 2018 Happiest States in America report. To determine where Americans are happiest, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 31 indicators. The data set includes emotional health, job satisfaction, income growth and safety. The top 10 happiest states are • Hawaii • Utah • Minnesota • North Dakota • California • Idaho • Maryland • Iowa • South Dakota • Nebraska
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Video of a broken play that turned into a touchdown has put a Minnesota high school team into the national spotlight. The video from the Friday, Sept. 7, game with Alexandria Area High School hosting Sartell was captured by Alexandria Echo Press sports editor Eric Morken who shared it on Twitter, where it streaked in popularity.
CARVER, Minn. -- A Minnesota secretary of state candidate and his campaign manager were injured after being thrown from a parade float Sunday, Sept. 9, in Carver, a tweet from state Rep. Jim Nash said. John Howe said in a tweet Sunday night he suffered road rash and had 14 staples in the back of his head and was “very stiff and sore.” His campaign manager, Tim Droogsma, said on Twitter that the 2,800-pound trailer ran over him. That feeling when a 2,800 pound trailer runs over you.
DULUTH — A 25-year-old man was booked into the St. Louis County Jail on Monday, Sept. 3, on suspicion of second-degree murder related to the shooting death of Scott Allen Pennington in downtown Duluth over the weekend .
ST. PAUL -- August marked the first time in four months where fatalities dropped below 30 traffic-related deaths during a single month, Minnesota Department of Public Safety statistics show. During the 100 deadliest days (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day), 116 people were killed on Minnesota roads. That’s 52 percent of all traffic fatalities so far this year and a decrease of five deaths from the same period in 2017.
DULUTH—One man is dead and police are looking for a suspect after an early-morning shooting Saturday, Sept. 1, in downtown Duluth. Duluth police responded to the 100 block of West First Street at 12:55 a.m. to a report of a shooting. Officers found a man with a gunshot wound. The 31-year-old man was taken to a Duluth hospital where he was pronounced dead. The shooting does not appear to be random and the parties appear to be known to each other, police said.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Minneapolis man accused of strangling a woman to death in a Crookston apartment last year will ask a judge to dismiss the charges against him. An attorney for Eddie Markeith Frazier, 50, filed a motion Monday, Aug. 27, to dismiss a grand jury indictment in relation to the death of 48-year-old Tawnja Rene Wallace, who was found dead in her apartment May 3, 2017. Frazier faces two first-degree murder charges and two counts of second-degree murder, all felonies, after investigators found Wallace’s body in a bathtub, according to court documents.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A Thief River Falls man has been charged with a sex crime for allegedly inappropriately touching a child. Derek James Lian, 33, appeared Monday, Aug. 28, in Pennington County District Court on a second-degree felony count of criminal sexual conduct. He could face 25 years in prison if convicted on the charge that alleges he inappropriately touched a boy who is younger than 13 years old.
ONAMIA—A 22-year-old Sandstone man faces murder charges in connection with the stabbing death of a 45-year-old Onamia man in Mille Lacs County in east-central Minnesota.. Matthew Scott Smith appeared Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Mille Lacs County District Court in Milaca for a bail hearing. Bail was set at $600,000 without conditions and $300,000 with conditions. He faces second-degree intentional murder, second-degree murder without intent and third-degree murder while perpetrating an eminently dangerous act with a depraved mind.