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DILWORTH, Minn. — A northwestern Minnesota school district is changing its evacuation procedures after a woman was reported holding a gun in her own doorway as students were executing a fire drill at a neighboring school. Students and staff at the Dilworth Elementary and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Middle School site, a school just east of Moorhead, told authorities they noticed the woman during the drill Monday, Oct. 1, according to a joint statement released by the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District, the Dilworth Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
ST. PAUL -- Round Lake in Otter Tail County is the latest body of water in Minnesota to have zebra mussels. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said zebra mussels were found on equipment being removed for the season on Round Lake’s eastern shore. The DNR said no additional zebra mussels were discovered during a follow-up search on several other areas of the lake. Nearby, but not connected, Rush Lake had a confirmed case of zebra mussels last year. Both lakes are about eight miles south of Perham.
ST. PAUL — In honor and remembrance of Minnesota Corrections Officer Joseph Michael Parise, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered U.S. and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Tuesday, Oct. 2, at state and federal buildings in Minnesota. Parise died in the line of duty after experiencing a medical emergency at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights on Monday, Sept. 24. A celebration of Parise’s life with public safety honors will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel in Minneapolis.
HUDSON, Wis. -- A Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child sexual assault. According to the Pierce County Jail log, Allen J. Wojcik, 31, was booked at 5:32 p.m. Sept. 26 on suspicion of second-degree sexual assault of a child. He was transferred to the St. Croix County jail, where he was also listed on a Wednesday jail log.
PRESHO, S.D. — A 2-year-old boy from Howard died Monday, Sept. 24, in a farming accident in south-central South Dakota, authorities said. Jed Haak got trapped in a grain auger-conveyor machine in rural Lyman County before he was transported via ambulance to a Chamberlain hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Authorities said the child's family has land in Lyman County, between Kennebec and Presho.
MOORHEAD — The college admission fee to all Minnesota colleges and universities will be waived from Monday, Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 26, as part of College Knowledge Month. Application fees for qualified low-income students and active duty military service members deployed overseas are always waived at every Minnesota State college and university. If prompted for a promo code, applicants should use "CKM2018." For more information, visit www.minnstate.edu/collegeknowledge .
The Minnesota Duluth men's hockey program will begin the 2018-19 season right where it left off at the end of last season—on top. The defending national champion Bulldogs picked up 44 of 50 first-place votes Monday, Sept. 24, to take the top spot in the USCHO Division I men's preseason poll. Aside from UMD, which returns 19 of the 26 players from the 2017-18 squad, four other NCHC teams were included in the national poll, including two more in the top 10.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. -- A 25-year-old man is in custody in connection with the death of a 28-year-old man whose buried body was uncovered by authorities on Saturday, Sept. 22. A man, identified as Jordan Jerome Dalman, came to the sheriff’s office Friday afternoon and told deputies an incident happened at his home about nine miles north of Pelican Rapids and someone died, a news release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department said.
Getting outdoors to hunt squirrels, rabbits and other small game is the focus of Minnesota's Take a Kid Hunting Weekend this Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23. During the weekend, adult Minnesota residents accompanied by a youth younger than age 16 can hunt small game without a license but must comply with open seasons, limits and other regulations, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
ST. PAUL — An experienced political reporter who grew up in Minnesota has been selected as the Forum News Service’s state government reporter. Dana Ferguson, who has covered South Dakota politics for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader during the past three legislative sessions, will join Forum News Service beginning Nov. 1.