THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.
ST. PAUL –The year was 1944. Casablanca won best picture, the cost of gasoline was 21-cents a gallon, and it was the last time Minnesota saw the number of traffic fatalities this low. Minnesota traffic fatalities dropped to 361 last year, the lowest since World War II when 356 people lost their lives in 1944. In addition, traffic fatalities are down 66 percent since 1968 when Minnesota reached an all-time record of 1,060 deaths. While fewer people died on Minnesota roads, the total number of crashes increased by less than 1 percent to 78,396 in 2014.
The sounds of chainsaws and the smell of fresh-cut wood permeated the stifling air throughout the Brainerd lakes area Monday as residents and businesses cleaned up after Sunday night's ferocious storm. After morning sunlight revealed the extent of the damage, a narrative emerged from longtime residents and business owners: this storm was unlike any they've ever seen in their lives, and the path back to normalcy might be a long one for those in the most affected areas. Although the impact of the strong winds was widespread throughout the area, the most striking and awe-inspir
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced legislation to crack down on phone scams. Scammers are increasingly falsifying caller ID information to hide their identities by creating the appearance a phone call or text message is coming from a familiar number such as a business, government organization, or known individual.
BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 371 between Cass Lake and Walker should expect lane closures, slow traffic and delays as a construction project begins Monday, July 20. Flaggers and a pilot car will allow one-way, alternating traffic through the work zone.
David Dean Morlock, 62, of 611 Cherry Ave., Frazee, has had a felony charge of fourth-degree controlled substance crime dismissed in Becker County District Court. The charge was dropped by the Becker County Attorney’s Office following the “unforeseen and sudden death of retired special agent Pat Johnston,” who was a Becker County Sheriff’s Office investigator working with the West Central Minnesota Regional Drug Task Force.
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Tuesday July 7th 2015 at 5:19 PM the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a medical emergency at a residence on Ten Mile Lake rural Hackensack MN. Deputies and responders arrived and found parties performing CPR on an adult male on a residential dock.
A second confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been reported in a wild bird.
On July 1, 2015, the National Congress of American Indians adopted a formal resolution calling for a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper/Line 3 oil pipeline corridor across treaty-ceded territory in Northern Minnesota. The NCAI is the oldest and largest national organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments.