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ST. PAUL – Commercial drivers in Minnesota can expect stricter enforcement of seatbelts, driver roadside inspections and regulatory compliance next week. The Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section will be increasing traffic enforcement statewide Oct.
TIOGA, N.D. -- Alarm bells went off for Eric Haugstad as the Tesoro official listened to the conference call from San Antonio. Crews burned oil that had pooled in a wheat field following a pipeline leak near here, but discovered more oil as they began digging to expose the pipe. “That’s when I said ‘I’ve got to go pack my bag,’ ” recalled Haugstad, who has years of experience responding to major oil spills. Haugstad is director of contingency planning and response for Tesoro.
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DULUTH - A caregiver at a Duluth disability service facility has been terminated for the maltreatment of a vulnerable adult. According to a Minnesota Department of Human Services report, a staff person at Duluth Regional Care Center took about $350 from the adult after promising to use the money to purchase an ATV. The ATV eventually was received, but only after a guardian for the adult contacted law enforcement.
GRAND FORKS - The Air Force will sign a lease with Grand Forks County in December, allowing a technology park for unmanned aircraft to be built at Grand Forks Air Force Base, the state’s congressional leaders and the governor said Thursday. “The Enhanced Use Lease program will diversify the Grand Forks County employment base and provide financial and operational support to the Grand Forks Air Force Base,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. -- The man charged in a double homicide last month is offering to plead guilty to both counts of second-degree murder, according to a motion filed Wednesday in District Court. Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, of Renville, is charged in the shooting deaths of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls.
UNDERWOOD, Minn. – Three adults and a newborn are getting shelter from the Dakotas Region of the American Red Cross after a fire in their home near here Wednesday night. A fire broke out just before 11:30 p.m. at 30015 County Highway 1 in rural Underwood, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. Five adults and a 7-week-old baby were in the house at the time of the fire.
A prosecutor told a Duluth jury Thursday that it was no accident when Kyle McClain stabbed a former roommate with a sword, and that there is no way the weapon could have penetrated Richard Stewart’s thick winter jacket and 5 inches of skin and flesh without force. “He wants you to believe that Mr. Stewart’s body is a hot stick of butter,” Assistant St.