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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson on Tuesday, Dec. 11 brought a lawsuit against a Virginia-based tax settlement company, alleging the group broke state consumer protection laws. The company, Wall and Associates, Inc., didn't register in the state and collected from customers before fully delivering services, the lawsuit alleges. Minnesota law requires tax debt settlement groups to file with the state and to fully deliver services before collecting payment.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Leech Lake anglers will be able to keep a wider size range of walleye starting on the 2019 fishing opener, officials announced Monday, Dec. 10. “Walleye abundance in Leech Lake is currently at a point that we can provide anglers additional harvest opportunity beginning in May,” said Doug Schultz, Walker area fisheries supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in a press release. “We got here through protective fishing regulations and consistently good year classes over the past 10 years.”
LAKE LILLIAN, Minn. – Two people escaped injury Friday night, Dec. 7, when the vehicle they were in plunged through the ice on the north side of Lake Lillian. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, a vehicle was pulling a fish house when it went through the ice. The vehicle and fish house were partially submerged. The driver and a passenger were able to get out of the vehicle without assistance. In a news release, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office said the condition of ice can be variable and to proceed with caution on area lakes.
NEW LONDON, Minn. – A 49-year-old Atwater woman suffered serious injuries Saturday night, Dec. 8, in a one-vehicle crash east of New London. The accident was reported at 10:40 p.m. on Kandiyohi County Road 40 and 141st Street Northeast. According to a news release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, a 2006 Nissan Murano was going east on County Road 40 and drove straight off the road where it intersects with 141st Street Northeast. The vehicle hit a tree in the yard of a residence.
COLD SPRING, Minn. – A Stearns County Sheriff’s Office squad car collided with a vehicle Friday night, Dec. 7, in Cold Spring. Both drivers escaped serious injuries. The accident was reported at 9:47 p.m. on Stearns County Road 2 near the intersection of 11th Street Northeast in Cold Spring. According to a news release, Sgt. Steven Noetzel was driving a marked 2017 Ford Explorer on County Road 2 when he activated his emergency lights and attempted to make a U-turn to make a traffic stop.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A 42-year-old Shakopee man was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash north of Willmar Thursday afternoon, Dec. 6. According to a news release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, the man was driving eastbound on County Road 127 in a 2018 Chevrolet utility truck when the collision occurred at the intersection with County Road 9. The crash, reported at 3:53 p.m., occurred when the utility truck struck a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban driven by a 40-year-old New London woman. She was northbound on County Road 9.
ALDRICH, Minn. — A man was found dead after being ejected from a vehicle Thursday morning, Dec. 6, about 10 miles north of Aldrich. The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a motor vehicle crash at 7:37 a.m. near the intersection of County Road 26 and 182nd Street in Bullard Township. County Road 26 curves from the west to the north at that location.
A wild deer shot Nov. 17 southeast Minnesota’s Houston County has been identified as presumptive positive for chronic wasting disease, the Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday, Dec. 5. Official confirmation will come later this week. The hunter has been notified, and the DNR is making arrangements to pick up the meat and carcass. It is the first detection of the neurological disease in Houston County since testing began in 2002.
The Department of Natural Resources is ramping up efforts to kill deer in southeast Minnesota after chronic wasting disease was found in deer outside the established disease management zone — known as Permit Area 603 — in Fillmore County. In a news release, the DNR said hunts are one step it is taking to act quickly in an effort to contain CWD while it is relatively concentrated in a geographic area. Reducing deer numbers in the area helps lower densities and remove CWD-positive animals.
MCGREGOR, Minn. — The deaths of two adults whose bodies were found Nov. 27 at a residence southeast of McGregor in north-central Minnesota were ruled a murder-suicide. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner identified the individuals as Laura Shingobe-Garbow, 62, and Matthew Garbow, 40, both of McGregor. The manner and cause of death for Laura Shingobe-Garbow was determined to be homicide by blunt force trauma injuries to the head. The manner and cause of death for Matthew Garbow was determined to be suicide by multiple sharp force injuries.