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BENA, Minn. -- Police say a woman in this north-central Minnesota town died after suffering multiple stab wounds they believe were inflicted by her adult son. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Joy Marie Matthews, 54, was found unresponsive early Wednesday, Nov. 28, at a residence in Bena, which is located 35 miles east of Bemidji on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.
WASECA, Minn. - A 50-year-old Prior Lake woman was killed when her vehicle collided with a semi-truck Monday afternoon, Nov. 26, on Highway 13 south of Waseca in southern Minnesota. Kelly Renee Merrill was driving a 2013 Lincoln MKZ southbound when it crossed over the center line and crashed into a northbound 2015 Freightliner driven by Nicholas Joseph Zimmerman about 1:40 p.m. in Otisco Township, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - A drive-by shooting, with no injuries, was reported shortly before midnight Friday, Nov. 23, in Hudson Township southeast of Alexandria. According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, a caller reported hearing several gunshots and a vehicle leaving an area near County Road 17 and County Road 31, northeast of Forada and southwest of Nelson, at a high rate of speed.
FLOODWOOD, Minn. -- A 17-year-old Proctor girl died Saturday in a head-on collision near Floodwood in northeastern Minnesota. Just after 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Emma Faith Abernathy was a passenger in a Ford Focus heading west on U.S. Highway 2 east of Floodwood when the car crossed over the centerline, striking an eastbound Toyota Prius head-on, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The patrol said road conditions were snowy and icy at the time of the crash. Alcohol is not a factor.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A train struck and killed a person on railroad tracks in downtown Moorhead, according to Moorhead Police Capt. Deric Swenson. Swenson said the collision happened about 4:28 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The identity of the person killed was not immediately released.
CHISHOLM, Minn. -- A Chisholm city councilor was sentenced Monday in District Court in Hibbing following his conviction this summer on a gross misdemeanor charge related to a groping claim. Kevin R. Scaia, 51, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and 30 days of jail or 60 days of community-related service.
ST. PAUL -- More than 300 people have died on Minnesota roads so far this year, an increase over 2017 figures by Oct. 22, preliminary numbers released Monday by the state said. The Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety reported 302 deaths, which includes 195 vehicle occupants and 58 motorcyclists. Last year, traffic deaths in the state did not reach 300 until Oct. 31. Twenty-nine pedestrian deaths have been reported, matching 2017 figures to date, the DPS said.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota attorney general filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, Oct. 16, against three major U.S. manufacturers of insulin, allegeding them of deceptively raising the list prices of insulin and making it less affordable to patients in high deductible health plans, the uninsured and senior citizens on Medicare. “Insulin is a life-or-death drug for people with diabetes. Many people can’t afford the price hikes but can’t afford to stop taking the medication either,” Attorney General Lori Swanson said in a statement.
BARRON, Wis.—A 13-year-old girl is missing and considered endangered, and two adults were found dead in a home in Barron County in northwest Wisconsin early Monday morning, Oct. 15. Authorities are searching for Jayme Closs, 13, who is described as 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, with green eyes and blond or strawberry hair. Anyone with information about her is asked to contact the Barron County Sheriff's Department at 715-537-3106.
ST. PAUL—Nearly 5,000 young hunters 10 to 15 years old will take to the fields and forests this weekend during Minnesota's youth deer season, the Department of Natural Resources said. The DNR offers the annual hunting opportunity to help develop Minnesota's next generation of hunters.