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ST. PAUL—Minnesota state health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli related to romaine lettuce from the Yuma region. The Minnesota Department of Health is working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and public health agencies in other states to investigate an outbreak. Information on the national outbreak can be found on CDC's and FDA's websites.
GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks man has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman and saying he would "slit her throat" if she didn't stop resisting on the Greenway, police said in court documents. David Scott Peterson, 58, was formally charged Monday, May 7, in Grand Forks District Court with a Class AA felony of gross sexual imposition, a Class C felony of terrorizing and a Class A misdemeanor charge of ingesting a controlled substance. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
GRAND FORKS—Eastern North Dakota is in a Red Flag Warning through 6 p.m. Monday, May 7, as strong winds, dry grass and low humidity create ideal conditions for wildfire outbreaks to occur, the National Weather Service said. The warning is in effect for Cavalier, Pembina, Walsh, Nelson, Grand Forks, Griggs, Steele, Traill, Barnes, Cass, Ransom, Sargent and Richland counties.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- A 55-year-old Grand Rapids man was killed Friday, May 4, after his motorcycle rear-ended another Grand Rapids motorcyclist in Irondale Township in Crow Wing County. The crash occurred on Highway 210 between Brainerd and Crosby by the Deerwood Cutoff. Steven James True, 63, was eastbound on his 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Street on Highway 210 at County Highway 12 at about 7:30 p.m. True braked hard and was rear-ended by Frank Joseph Westerlund on his 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide, the patrol said. Westerlund was killed in the crash.
BAGLEY, Minn. — Seven students and the driver were injured when a school bus from Grand Rapids rolled early Monday morning, May 7, on U.S. Highway 2 about 6 miles east of Fosston. The bus was transporting students to a field trip in Crookston. Jessica Setness, communications coordinator with Grand Rapids Schools, said 22 students and one staff member were heading to the Great Plains Youth Institute when the crash occurred at 8:18 a.m.
GRASSY BUTTE, N.D. -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission will be hosting a public hearing in Grassy Butte on May 14 at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. Central) at the Grassy Butte Community Hall. The public hearing is being held to give the public an opportunity to contribute regarding a proposal to build a Natural Gas Liquids pipeline system in McKenzie, Billings and Stark counties. The application was submitted by Andeaver Field Services, LLC, for a permit to build an NGL pipeline system consisting about 44 miles of new six-inch and eight-inch steel pipeline.
Becker County, Minn.-- One person is hurt after a crash in Audubon at just after 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. 22-year-old Maty Monson of Detroit Lakes was traveling west on Highway 10, when she failed to yield to a car driven by 22-year-old Chase Kohler of Alexandria that was heading south on fourth street and attempting to make a left turn. Kohler's vehicle crossed into the westbound lanes to go east on highway 10 and was hit by Monson's car. Monson was not hurt in the crash. Kohler was taken to Essentia Hospital to be treated for non life threatning injuries.
BISMARCK -- The University of Mary, expecting a record 500 incoming freshmen for this fall’s semester, will employ a waiting list for the first time in the school’s history. The freshman class will be a 20 percent increase over the 2017 incoming enrollment figures, the school said in a news release.
SPICER, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton will be fishing on an ice-free Green Lake on the state’s fishing opener May 12. Although not officially declared “ice free,’’ Kandiyohi County’s largest and deepest water body as of Wednesday was largely ice free. “As far as we can see, there is no ice,’’ said Laura Anfinson from her vantage point at Green Lake County Park on the lake’s north shore.
CAVALIER, N.D. — A 45-year-old woman who died after fleeing police on Saturday, April 28, has been identified as Dena M. Peterson of Cavalier, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Peterson was involved in a high-speed chase in a 2010 Kia Soul SUV around 8 p.m. when the vehicle drove into a ditch, struck a field approach and rolled east of Cavalier. Peterson was not wearing a seat belt and died at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.