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DULUTH — A crew of five city staff members spent much of Monday, Oct. 30, driving the shore of Lake Superior from the Great Lakes Aquarium up to the McQuade Safe Harbor to document the damage from Friday's gale. The assessment will continue by boat Tuesday, with help from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. "There are some areas with real steep drop-offs that we really need to access from the water," explained Jim Benning, Duluth's director of public works and utilities.
HORACE, N.D. — Wild Rice Bar and Grill owner Bruce Schauer said he's seen a lot of inappropriate Halloween costumes at his establishment over the past 24 years, but nothing quite like what one patron wore on Saturday, Oct. 28. An unidentified man entered the Horace bar about 10 that night wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. The man was in the bar for a total of 36 minutes, and security camera footage shows people posing for photos with him. "It just goes to show where America is at in 2017," said 56-year-old Schauer. "It says a lot about our country, doesn't it?"
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Authorities on Monday, Oct. 29, identified the two brothers from the Twin Cities who were found dead Saturday after firefighters responded to a mobile home fire southeast of Clearbrook. The Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office identified the two men as Scott Tracy Shobert, 57, of Blaine, and Kurt Allan Shobert, 52, of Andover.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Testing deer for chronic wasting disease will be a focus for Department of Natural Resources staff in several permit areas in north-central, central and southeast Minnesota when the firearms season opens Saturday, Nov. 4, officials say. "That's going to occupy a lot of our staff for the first few days of deer season," said John Williams, Northwest Region wildlife supervisor for the DNR in Bemidji. "Just about everybody in wildlife is going to be wearing that hat on the opener and the next couple of days (after that)."
ADA, Minn.—A woman charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of her boyfriend last summer made an initial appearance in Norman County District Court on Friday, Oct. 27. Monalisa Perez, 20, is accused in court papers of shooting Pedro Ruiz III, 22, in the chest in June during what Perez told investigators was an attempt to make a profitable YouTube video. At Friday's hearing, the court told Perez to keep the court and her attorney informed about where she is living and she was ordered to make all future court appearances.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A semi truck slid off Interstate 35 and into the St. Louis River about 18 miles southwest of Duluth amid snowy conditions early Friday, killing the driver, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Personnel from numerous law enforcement agencies and and fire departments responded to search for the driver.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota was selected as the second most bicycle friendly state in the nation this week. According to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the League of American Bicyclists released the ranking, putting the North Star State in second and Washington in first. States coming behind Minnesota were California, Oregon and Massachusetts. The ranking was based on multiple indicators including: Infrastructure and funding that provide safe places to bike. Education and encouragement programs that promote cycling.
MOORHEAD — A 25-year-old man faces a number of charges for allegedly damaging the glass door of a Moorhead pizza business after his offer to trade marijuana for pizza was turned down. According to Clay County District Court documents: Moorhead police were called to Pizza Patrol about 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24. Workers told officers two men and a woman entered the business and one of the men offered marijuana in exchange for pizza. When the deal was turned down, the man who offered the marijuana broke a glass door on his way out of the business.
MITCHELL, S.D. — The names of the people involved in a fatal crash Saturday, Oct. 21, near Mitchell have officially been released. Along with Tracy Morehead, who died from injuries sustained in the crash, 37-year-old Mitchell resident Brent Klinger sustained minor injuries and 33-year-old Ashley Klinger, also of Mitchell, sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
ST. PAUL—About 100 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will accept unneeded prescription drugs Saturday, Oct. 28. "There were more opioid-related deaths last year than the year before,' state Attorney General Lori Swanson said. "Safely disposing of prescription drugs that are no longer needed keeps them from being diverted or abused, or being accidentally swallowed by children,"