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CROOKSTON, Minn. — An East Grand Forks, Minn., man has died in a crash near Crookston, and two other victims were sent to the hospital. Multiple agencies responded at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday to the crash about 10 miles east of Crookston on U.S. Highway 2, where a 2005 plumbing truck rear-ended a 1974 Ford F45 tractor truck, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The two vehicles were eastbound.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Smoking caused a mobile home fire that killed two people in Alexandria on Jan. 5, according to authorities. The Alexandria Fire Department, the Alexandria Police Department and the State Fire Marshal completed the investigation and said the fire at Viking City Mobile Home Park at 1611 6th Avenue will be classified as accidental.
ST. PAUL – About 95 percent of Minnesota manufacturers are expecting production levels to increase or stay the same in 2018, according to an annual joint survey by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The random survey of 269 Minnesota manufacturing operations was conducted in November.
Pop performer Pink will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, the NFL and NBC announced Monday, Jan. 8. It will be Pink’s first performance at a Super Bowl. Justin Timberlake, as previously announced, will headline the halftime show Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Pink’s 2018 Beautiful Trauma World tour is set to kick off on March 1 in Phoenix.
WILLMAR - An inmate at the Kandiyohi County Jail died after being found unresponsive Sunday afternoon. Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said correctional officers were conducting checks of the inmates when they discovered the man shortly before 1:30 p.m. He was not breathing so correctional officers immediately began lifesaving measures, Hartog said. The Willmar Ambulance Service also was called but paramedics were unable to revive the inmate. He was pronounced dead at the jail, Hartog said. The man's identity has not been released pending notification of relatives.
GLYNDON, Minn.—One person was injured Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash near Glyndon. The Minnesota State Patrol responded to the crash at 7:12 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, about 8 miles southeast of Glyndon. That's where a 2018 Kia Soul driven by Kristopher Michael Hammes, 44, of Sartell, Minnesota, was southbound on Highway 9 when it rear-ended a 2005 Acura TL driven by Devan Nicolas Foley, 18, of Glencoe, Minnesota, according to a news release. Hammes was sent to Essentia Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Foley was uninjured.
PERHAM, Minn.—A four-vehicle crash in Otter Tail County sent two people to the hospital Friday evening. At 5:26 p.m., a 2013 GMC Sierra driven by Barbara Joanne Olson, 67, of Frazee, Minnesota, was southbound on County Road 60 when she attempted to cross U.S. Highway 10 about 5 miles northwest of Perham, according to a news release from the Minnesota State Patrol. A 2012 Toyota RAV4 driven by Michael Todd Dean, 57, of Gackle, North Dakota, was westbound on Highway 10 when it hit Olson's vehicle, the release said.
WADENA COUNTY, Minn. — A Verndale, Minn., woman was airlifted to an area hospital Thursday, Jan. 4, after crashing into a semi. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Mary Joy Byman, 34, was southbound on Highway 71 in Wadena County's Blueberry Township when she entered the northbound lanes of traffic. Byman then struck a semi driven by 60-year-old Michael Allan Erickson, of Osakis, Minn. The Patrol stated that Byman's Toyota Camry hit the semi below the driver side door.
RED LAKE -- Red Lake Tribal Chairman Darrell Seki issued a statement Thursday, reminding area anglers that fishing on reservation lakes is reserved for band members only. The news release, posted on the Red Lake Tribal Council Facebook page, addressed a resolution passed by the council on Wednesday opening fishing on Upper and Lower Red Lake, two months after two fishermen disappeared there.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's taxable sales and purchases saw a modest bump in the third quarter of 2017, inching up 2.3 percent from the same three-month period the year before. The third quarter total of nearly $4.731 billion marked the second consecutive quarter the economic indicator has increased, according to State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger's office. The tax commissioner said that's an especially positive sign considering July, August and September saw severe drought in North Dakota.