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DULUTH — Nearly three-dozen fishermen were rescued from an ice floe on Superior Bay Saturday Morning, Dec. 1. According to the Duluth Fire Department, 36 fishermen and their equipment were stranded on the ice around 10:40 a.m. when strong northeast winds caused the ice to break away from Park Point.
BEMIDJI -- One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night in Bemidji. According to Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin, the shooting occurred just before 11 p.m. after a traffic stop at the intersection of 30th Street NW and Ridgeway Avenue.
BARNESVILLE, Minn. — A Minnesota woman has been ticketed for watching Netflix while she was driving on Interstate 94 in northwest Minnesota and crashing her vehicle into the median cable barrier. The woman., Taylor Thiets, 20, of the Twin Cities suburb of Maplewood was driving at about 70 mph last month down the interstate and has been charged with watching a television program before she crashed between Rothsay and Fergus Falls.
AITKIN, Minn. -- A 56-year-old man who died following a gunshot wound while deer hunting in Aitkin County in northern Minnesota on Saturday, Nov. 17, has been identified as Gregory J. Nase of Columbus. Columbus is north of the Twin Cities in far eastern Minnesota.
AITKIN, Minn. -- A 56-year-old man died over the weekend following a gunshot wound while deer hunting in Aitkin County in north-central Minnesota.. The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office reported the man was hunting with family on family-owned land about 6 miles northeast of McGrath. The 911 calls were received by the sheriff's office at 12:59 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17..
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- A newly elected member of the Minnesota House has announced that he is going to work on the ban of conversion therapy for gay people. State Rep.-elect Hunter Cantrell said it would make Minnesota the 15th state to institute the ban. Cantrell, who will represent the Twin Cities suburbs of Savage and Burnsville, said he will be the only openly gay person in the House starting in January.
WOONSOCKET, S.D. — Tuesday marked the five-year anniversary of the disappearance of a central South Dakota woman, and South Dakota law enforcement leaders say they are continuing to work the case. Rachel Cyriacks, age 30 at the time of her disappearance, went missing Nov. 13, 2013. A news release from South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley Tuesday noted the anniversary, and stated that tips and assistance in the case are still being sought.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Brainerd International Raceway owner Jed Copham died Sunday, Nov. 11, as a result of a swimming accident off the west coast of Florida. He was 46. Copham was swimming from his parents’ boat Sunday afternoon near Punta Rassa, just south of Fort Myers, when he went missing. Search and rescue teams temporarily suspended their efforts to find Copham Sunday night after he went overboard, and found his body Monday morning.
ST.CLOUD, Minn. -- Two teenagers were critically injured, and four others were also hurt, in an apparent underage alcohol-related crash near this east-central Minnesota town late Saturday night, Nov. 10. The accident occurred about 11:20 p.m. when a pickup driven by Zachary Klaphake, 17, of Avon, went off a rural road near St Anthony and hit a large tree head-on with five other teenagers inside, according to Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson.
RAYMOND, Minn. – A 31-year-old man died Friday morning, Nov. 9, at a worksite southwest of Willmar in central Minnesota. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, a call of an unresponsive male was received around 11:46 a.m. The man had been working for a construction company installing tile in a field.