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RURAL PONSFORD, Minn. — A 15-year-old boy with special needs was flown to a Twin Cities area hospital to be treated for hypothermia after he went missing for several hours Monday, Oct. 15, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Office. About 12:36 a.m. Monday, the sheriff's office received a report that the boy had left his home in rural Ponsford. The temperature was 28 degrees and the wind chill was 18 at midnight in Park Rapids, a town about 20 miles from Ponsford, according to the National Weather Service.
FARGO — A Norwegian reality show is once again looking for Norwegian-Americans for the experience of a lifetime. Casting is now open for the 10th season of “Alt for Norge” (“The Great Norway Adventure”), in which contestants travel to Norway to chase down their ancestral roots, experience a little culture shock and try to win $50,000.
PLEASANT VALLEY, Wis. -- A Hammond woman and a horse were killed Friday morning, Oct. 12, after the animal was struck in the middle of a St. Croix County road. The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 53-year-old Diane G. Johnson, the driver of a 2009 Chevy Impala. According to a news release, deputies responded at 6:42 a.m. Oct. 12 to County Road T about three miles south of Hammond — for a single-vehicle crash. Preliminary investigation found the brown horse was in the middle of the road when Johnson collided with it.
DULUTH—Residents and tourists slowly made their way around pieces of the Lake Superior Lakewalk strewn around the Duluth shoreline Thursday, Oct. 11, as they gawked at the damage done by Wednesday's storm. A group of tourists stopped to read informational signs about Lake Superior as they walked on rocks pushed onto the Lakewalk by the waves. All along the way, people were making comments about how sad it was to see the damage and how powerful the storm had to be to cause it.
ST. PAUL -- Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Walker Lake near Ottertail, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday, Oct. 11. The lake is connected to Otter Tail Lake, which also was confirmed to contain zebra mussels in 2016. The DNR said a lake property owner contacted them after finding five adult zebra mussels on an irrigation intake while removing it for the season. DNR invasive species staff found more zebra mussels on other equipment in the same area of the lake and where Walker Lake outlets into Otter Tail Lake.
DULUTH -- Wind gusts of 50 mph were common across northeast Minnesota on Wednesday, Oct. 10, but there was one report of a gust as high as 86 mph on Lake Superior. The winds and snow were part of a strong fall storm that caused power outages, swamped roads with large waves and flooding along Lake Superior’s shore. Water-swollen roads in Canal Park didn’t deter the wave-watchers from making their way to the shore, where waves crashed over the large boulder wall and the water flowed through the Lighthouse parking lot and onto Canal Park Drive.
WASHINGTON -- Midwest U.S. senators are pleased with the news that President Donald Trump’s administration will initiate the process to make 15 percent ethanol-blended fuel — commonly known as E15 — available year-round. Republicans John Thune and Mike Rounds each said that the change would benefit South Dakota farmers and consumers. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said farmers will have an increased market for their products and consumers will have more options at the pump.
BISMARCK -- A bipartisan coalition of attorneys general are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to create new rules to allow telephone service providers to block more illegal robocalls across the country. The attorneys general from North Dakota and Minnesota have joined peers in more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in urging the FCC to curb unwanted phone calls.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jess Myers will join Forum Communications Co. next month as a college hockey reporter. Myers will primarily cover University of Minnesota hockey, but also supplement the company’s coverage of other college programs.
ST. PAUL — A badly decomposed body was found in a drainage ditch in St. Paul on Monday afternoon, Oct. 8, police say. The body was discovered near Randolph Avenue and West Seventh Street about 5 p.m. by an Xcel Energy employee who was doing maintenance work in the area, according to Steve Linders, a spokesman for the St. Paul Police Department. Investigators have not yet determined the person's age, gender or cause of death, Linders said.