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ST. PAUL — Minnesotans can now text emergencies to 911 for help. The Text-to-911 system network provides an alternative to calling during an emergency when it’s unsafe to speak, or for those with hearing loss. The state’s Department of Public Safety unveiled details of the new service Tuesday, Dec. 5. “Imagine having to hide from an intruder in your bedroom closet or witnessing a domestic
WALKER, Minn.—Authorities have released the name of the woman killed Nov. 12 in a shooting at a Cass Lake residence. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch identified the victim as Brandi Lynn Shank, 25, of Cass Lake. The sheriff's office received a report of a shooting at 8:17 a.m. Nov. 12 at a home in the Cass Lake area. When Cass County deputies arrived, they located Shank with a gunshot wound to the head inside the home. Lifesaving efforts were performed, but she died at the scene.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Eight deer ventured out onto the ice of South Long Lake southeast of Brainerd on Saturday morning. Three fell through the ice and died and four were able to walk off the lake on their own. The eighth deer, too, fell through the ice, but was rescued by lake residents.
ST. PAUL—The price tag for treating older Minnesotans for chronic diseases is projected to increase by billions over the next 10 years, according to a study released on Monday. Analyzing the state's data on health insurance claims, the Minnesota Department of Health study concludes treating Minnesotans older than 60 for chronic diseases will cost $16.1 billion by 2023, up 65 percent from the $9.8 billion paid in 2014.
A winter storm that has forced Red River Valley schools to close early will cause whiteouts and dangerous travel conditions, meteorologists said Monday. Meteorologists are warning drivers to avoid traveling today in the Red River Valley as a winter storm descends on the area. That expires at midnight, but until then, winds gusting 55 mph, significant drifting and freezing rain could make travel “very dangerous to impossible,” according to the warning.
Keep an eye on our live blog as we pass along information on the region's first major storm of the season.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—Jay Dickman is fast becoming Mr. Shootout for the Bemidji State men's hockey team. The junior scored a shootout winner for the third time this season to clinch two points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for the Beavers after a 3-3 tie at Bowling Green on Saturday night, Dec. 2. The Beavers (5-6-3, 2-4-2-2 WCHA) had an answer for each of the first two goals the Falcons (7-5-5, 6-2-4-2 WCHA) scored.
STAPLES, Minn. — The 17-year-old boy who was driving a horse and buggy that was hit by a semi-truck in northern Todd County has died, the Minnesota State Patrol reported Friday, Dec. 1. David Miller of Staples was driving the horse and buggy west on Highway 210 between Hewitt and Staples on Thursday. A semi-truck driven by Douglas Calkins, 60, of Deerwood, also was westbound and rear-ended the horse and buggy.
BEMIDJI—Search teams looking for two fishermen missing on Lower Red Lake on Thursday, Nov. 30, found foot imprints on the lake bottom and a shoe they believe belongs to one of the fishermen. In a Facebook post Thursday evening, the Red Lake Police Department said crews using underwater remote-operated vehicles "managed to locate foot imprints on the lake bottom and eventually discovered a green fisherman's boot that most likely belongs to one of the missing fisherman."
STAPLES, Minn. — A 17-year-old boy is facing life-threatening injuries after the horse and buggy he was driving was rear-ended by a semi-truck. David Miller, of Staples, was injured on Thursday, Nov. 30, on Highway 210 in northern Todd County, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. The horse and buggy were westbound on Highway 210 between Hewitt and Staples. A semi-truck driven by Douglas Calkins, 60, of Deerwood, also was westbound and rear-ended the horse and buggy.