HAWLEY, Minn. — Sept. 25, 2018, is a day tragedy struck the Bjorndahl family. Katie Bjorndahl's father, Aaron Bjorndahl, called her first thing in the morning, but the call went straight to voicemail which was abnormal. He called Katie's mother Lisa Bjorndahl to see if she had heard from her. She had texted, but received no response. Her mother then called Katie's workplace, where they said they couldn't get a hold of her and she didn't call in for work.
According to an article by Wallethub.com, Minnesota and North Dakota were second and eighth, respectively, in U.S. women's equality. South Dakota ranked 37th. There were three different categories that contributed to the overall ranking: workplace environment, education and health, and political empowerment. When it came to workplace environment rankings, Minnesota ranked fourth in the nation, North Dakota ranked 31st, while South Dakota ranked last at 50th.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday issued a air quality alert for a large portion of Minnesota, from the arrowhead region down to the southwestern part of the state. The affected areas include Hibbing, Duluth, Brainerd and Mankato. Northwestern and southeastern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro area, are not included in the alert. The smoke originated from a wildfire and British Columbia and the alert expires at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21.
ST. PAUL — Health officials have confirmed the first Minnesota case of measles in 2018 in a Hennepin County child. A 5-year-old who traveled internationally to a region where measles is common contracted the disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The child was most likely infectious from July 30 through August 7. The health department says if other cases popped up as a result of this case, symptoms would occur between now and August 28.
FARGO—The Fourth of July is here and that means celebration, good food and fireworks can be expected throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. With good fun comes the risk of injuries and individuals who disobey the law. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the use of sparklers, cones and tubes that emit sparks, and novelty items like snakes and party poppers are legal. But the use of anything that flies and explodes is illegal. That includes firecrackers, mortars and shells, bottle rockets and roman candles.
FARGO—As Minnesotans approach the heart of the summer months, especially before the Fourth of July, more get to enjoy the cool rivers and lakes around the North Star state. With the the increased amount of people attending the different bodies of water around the state, drowning deaths usually goes up, but what does the data say? When looking at the summer months of May, June, July and August from 2007-2018, most of the drowning deaths occur in July. Hennepin County has had the largest number of drowning deaths in the summers from 2007-2018 with 46.
DALTON, Minn.—The conflict between Richard Chodek and the state of Minnesota over lake access has been fuming since November 2017. Chodek has now been charged with 12 misdemeanor counts, each of which carry a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. One misdemeanor is a personal nuisance of obstructing a highway, and the other 11 counts are harassment charges for keeping people from using Jolly Ann Lake.