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WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man was injured Wednesday afternoon when the pickup he was driving left the road and crashed into a row of farm equipment that was lined up in front of a Willmar business. The accident was reported at 5:03 p.m. on U.S. Highway 12 and Industrial Drive. According to the State Patrol, Derek Scott Heike, 27, was driving a 2012 Dodge Ram east on Highway 12 when he lost control of the vehicle on a curve and the truck went off the road and struck machinery at Farm-Rite Equipment.
CLOQUET, Minn. -- A 23-year-old man died in an early morning fire in Cloquet over the weekend.. The Cloquet Police Department identified Preston Jerald Alaspa of Cloquet as the victim in a fire on the Fond du Lac Reservation.
CASS LAKE, Minn. -- A man died Friday in Cass Lake residential fire in northern Minnesota, according to a release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office received a report of a structure fire at 11:14 p.m. in the area of Second Street East in Cass Lake. Officers and the Cass Lake Fire Department found the home engulfed in flames.
DULUTH — Two adults and a 2-year-old child died, and three others were injured in a crash involving a wrong-way driver on Interstate 35 in Duluth during the early morning hours of Monday, April 2. A 1997 Toyota 4Runner, driven by Duluth resident Aaron David Dame, 23, was traveling north on southbound I-35 near 40th Avenue West when it struck a 2001 GMC Yukon head-on shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, according to the State Patrol. The crash killed both Dame and the Yukon’s driver, Duanda Letrice Robinson, 26, of Duluth, according to the State Patrol.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill giving more than 30,000 state workers raises. The Democratic governor signed the bill Tuesday, March 27, a day after the Senate and House passed it. Most state workers will receive a 2 percent raise this year, and 2.25 percent increase in the next fiscal year (some earlier reports indicated it would be 2.5 percent).
LEECH LAKE, Minn.—The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe weighed in Monday, March 19, on two bills at the Minnesota Legislature that would eliminate a state standard regulating the amount of sulfate allowed in wild rice waters. In a letter to Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, and Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, the band's Executive Director Robert Budreau Jr. also objected to Minnesota's current listing of wild rice water.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—No one will be walking on the Indian at Park High School in the Twin Cities suburb of Cottage Grove again. The high school is removing a controversial Indian head mosaic from a hallway floor. Installed in 1965 to depict the mascot for the Park High School Indians, the mosaic had recently been criticized by students and community members.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Authorities are looking for a driver who took off after killing a 26-year-old Alexandria man with a vehicle while the man was walking in Alexandria Monday night, March 19. Travis Pennig was found by the side of the road and had suffered significant injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle, according to the Alexandria Police Department release on Tuesday. He was taken to the hospital but didn’t survive his injuries, police said.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- National law firm Robins Kaplan announced Monday it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of South Dakota’s Oglala Sioux Tribe against the opioid industry, joining other tribes in North Dakota and South Dakota that have filed suits alleging devastating public health effects from opioids.
MENAHGA, Minn. – A Nevis man was injured when a turkey flew out of a ditch and smashed through the windshield of a pickup in Wadena County in northwest Minnesota on Sunday afternoon, March 18, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Thomas Walls, 38, who was a passenger in the vehicle was treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena, the Patrol reported. Scott Taylor, 51, of Menahga, was driving a 1988 Ford pickup southbound on U.S.