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RICE LAKE, Minn. -- Authorities say the 24-year-old Duluth woman who went missing following an early Friday incident in the city of Rice Lake has been found safe. Neighbors on the 5100 block of Howard Gnesen Road reported a woman later known to be Chassie Lee in a blanket asking for help, said a St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office news release.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Three people were arrested Thursday, Oct. 5, after an incident involving gunshots outside of a gas station just west of Bemidji. Police received a 911 call reporting gunshots at Pete's Place West at the 7100 block of Pete Lane NW, according to a release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies, Bemidji police and other law enforcement agencies responded to the scene.
AUDUBON, Minn. — A suspect sustained multiple gunshot wounds in a shootout with law enforcement officers that occurred following a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 10 in Becker County late Thursday night, Sept. 28. Neither the identity of the suspect nor his condition was known. No officers were injured.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A construction worker was taken by helicopter to Fargo from the Gene Dillon Elementary School construction site Wednesday morning after an apparent fall there. Few details were immediately available. Bob Fitzgerald, a director of operations at construction company Kraus Anderson—which is managing the project—said the man is an ironworker for Northern Industrial Erectors and was transported to a medical facility in Fargo for further evaluation.
REMER, Minn. — A South St. Paul hunter missing for four days was found alive in a swamp in the Chippewa National Forest in north-central Minnesota on Tuesday. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon received a report of a missing hunter in rural Boy Lake Township north of Remer, Minn., according to a release. The hunter, Patrick Allen-Robert Feiner, 57, of South St Paul, was missing from a hunting camp and had not had any contact with family members since Thursday, Sept. 21. Deputies searched the immediate area but the man was not located.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—Three people were arrested in connection with the 15-year-old missing girl from Alexandria who was found Tuesday, Sept. 5, 20 miles away in neighboring Grant County. Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels sent out a news release shortly after 8 p.m. stating that the police department believes releasing the identities of these people could jeopardize the investigation into the disappearance of Jasmine Block on Aug. 8. The public is not at risk at this time, Wyffels said. One arrest was made in Grant County, and two others in Pope County, Wyffels said.
Be on on lookout for large farm equipment transporting crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants this fall as harvest season approaches. The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued an alert about the issue last week. "Harvest season is getting in full swing across the state and farmers and their equipment are out on the highways," said Jay Hietpas, state traffic engineer, in a news release. "Motorists need to be prepared to encounter slow-moving farm vehicles, especially on rural, two-lane roads."
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's obesity rate among adults crept upwards in 2016, but remains below that of its neighbors, according to a national study released Thursday, Aug. 31. The study, by New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found 27.8 percent of adults in Minnesota were obese in 2016, up 1.7 percent from a year prior. That figure is good for 18th out of the country's 50 states and District of Columbia. South Dakota ranked 24th with 29.6 percent, Wisconsin was 29th (30.7 percent), North Dakota was 36th (31.9 percent) and Iowa was 39th (32 percent).
When groups supporting racial genocide, fascism and violence against those who look or believe differently than they do gather together, organizing a counter-protest may seem like the right thing to do. But it can amount to throwing gasoline on a smoldering fire as evidenced by the tragedy that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. It also plays right into the hands of those trying to fuel their agenda through escalating violence and fear.
We still have a couple weeks before our streets and sidewalks fill up in the early mornings and late afternoons with schoolchildren, many of them distracted, some of them hopping on and off of yellow school buses, all of them on their ways to and from classes. But it's not too soon for motorists to start thinking about being extra vigilant in watching out for the kiddos and their unpredictable ways, as if lives depended on it — because they do.