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ST. PAUL - Ten years after Minnesota implemented a primary seat belt law, law enforcement is conducting another “Click It or Ticket” campaign May 20-June 2 to remind motorists that seat belts and child car seats can save lives. The primary seat belt law took effect June 9, 2009 in honor of Meghan Cooper, who attended school at Kenyon-Wanamingo in southeastern Minnesota community of Kenyon. The unbuckled 15-year-old died in 1999 after being ejected in a crash from the rear seat of a car.
PINE CITY, Minn. - The Minnesota conservation officer who drowned in a Pine County Lake on April 19 was not wearing a life jacket when his DNR-issued boat made an abrupt turn, throwing him and a county deputy into Cross Lake, a sheriff's report said. The Pine County sheriff’s report on Thursday said Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Eugene Wynn, 43, and Deputy Scott Grice were responding to a report of something suspicious in the water, possibly a person, in the lake where chunks of winter ice were still floating.
ST. PAUL - With Minnesota's new hands-free cellphone law going into effect in less than three months, state officials are still saying far too many drivers are using their devices behind the wheel. Law enforcement cited 1,927 motorists for texting and driving during a three-week enforcement period that ended April 30, compared with 1,576 during last year's two-week campaign, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said.
MERRIFIELD, Minn. — Seven deer originating from a deer farm in Merrifield tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Wednesday, May 8.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. - A middle school basketball coach who came under fire for sexual misconduct allegations in December, resigned from all duties with the Pelican Rapids School District Monday, April 15. The district was in the midst of a reopened investigation into the allegation that Shawn Gravalin inappropriately touched a player’s butt during practice.
MINNEAPOLIS — A 19-year-old Red Lake man was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday, April 11, for attempted murder. According to a release from U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald, Dominic Edward Desjarlait pleaded guilty in December to the charge of assault with intent to commit murder. The assault happened Aug. 29, 2018. In addition to the prison sentence, Desjarlait will pay more than $700 in restitution. He will be eligible for three years of supervised release, the release said.
ST. PAUL - Over 300 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will participate in a campaign against distracted driving April 8-30, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety said. Minnesota is seeing a disturbing trend of distracted driving in the past six years.
DULUTH - Duluth Fire Chief Dennis Edwards Jr. has been placed on administrative leave, following his arrest Sunday afternoon, March 31, on suspicion of third-degree driving while impaired, according to St. Louis County records. He was booked and released around 3 p.m. Formal charges have not yet been filed. Noah Schuchman, Duluth’s chief administrative officer, did not take calls but issued the following brief statement: “I am aware of an incident involving Chief Edwards. The city of Duluth takes these things very seriously.