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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy and Attorney General Lori Swanson have sued Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics, alleging it illegally markets a fentanyl painkiller. The suit filed Wednesday, May 30, claims the company allowed fentanyl, an opioid it sells, to be used for conditions not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration and in higher doses than allowed. It is only approved for pain in some cancer patients.
PLUMMER, Minn. -- Authorities on Tuesday, May 29, released the identity of a 45-year-old man killed in an ATV crash that happened about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Plummer in far northwest Minnesota. The Red Lake County Sheriff’s Department said James Congdon was riding the ATV home from a neighbor’s house about four blocks away when his 2008 Kawasaki overturned while he was negotiating a corner. He was not wearing a helmet, said the sheriff’s department.
MILWAUKEE — Adam Thielen has never had a bobblehead made in his likeness. So two bobbleheads for the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver is worth a head nod or two. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled two officially licensed bobbleheads of the Detroit Lakes, Minn., native. One is in his Minnesota State, Mankato college uniform and the other as a Viking.
CRYSTAL, Minn. -- Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left one hospitalized Wednesday night, May 23, in this eastern Twin Cities suburb. The individual is being treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota will use extra law enforcement to target speeding motorists July 6-22, the Department of Public Safety announced Thursday, May 24. Authorities say Memorial Day through Labor Day marks the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads.
LITCHFIELD, Minn. — A central Minnesota man faces multiple charges, including criminal vehicular homicide, in connection with a fatal crash May 4 at a highway intersection north of Grove City. Blake Lee Ahlbrecht, 60, of Grove City is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol when his van failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a semi at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 4 and Meeker County Highway 16.
BENSON, Minn. — A western Minnesota man is in a Minneapolis hospital after he was injured earlier this week in an explosion at a rural residence east of Benson. The injured man was identified as Brian Orsten, 51, of Benson. He was initially taken to the Swift County Benson Hospital and later airlifted to the Minneapolis hospital, according to Swift County Sheriff John Holtz.
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND—A southeastern Minnesota couple died in a fishing accident Sunday, May 19, while on vacation in Iceland. Janet Veit's sister confirmed their deaths on Facebook. There were conflicting accounts about what happened to the La Crescent residents.. The U.S. Embassy in Iceland told the family that Veit fell out of a boat while fishing on a lake, and her husband, Brian Schumacher, jumped in to save her.
DULUTH -- A 33-year-old Duluth middle school teacher has been arrested for alleged child sexual abuse. The woman was booked into the St. Louis County Jail on Monday afternoon, May 21, on a preliminary charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim between the ages 13-15, according to jail records. Karla Winterfeld, a teacher at Lincoln Park Middle School teacher was arrested around 3:15 p.m. Monday as part of an ongoing investigation. Winterfeld was listed on the St. Louis County jail roster Tuesday afternoon.
CANNON FALLS, Minn. -- A couple were held at gunpoint in their home in Cannon Falls Township Tuesday morning, May 22, and robbed of cash and belongings, authorities said. The suspects, described as two black males in their 20s, reportedly rang the doorbell at the William and Wanda Carlstrom residence about 8 a.m. When the man answered, the suspects