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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota State Patrol has made several large marijuana busts in recent weeks, and annual statistics suggest the amount of drugs seized on the state's roads is on the rise. A Tuesday, Feb. 13, news release recapped three recent seizures, including one Friday, Feb. 9, in Otter Tail County. In that case, a trooper stopped a vehicle for an obstructed license plate and found 300 pounds of pot. "In plain sight, the trooper could see bags on the center console and a woman sitting on packaged bags of marijuana," the release said.
The bounceback season for the Moorhead boys basketball team continued Thursday night with a resounding 77-53 home win over Alexandria. Drew Hagan and Maleeck Harden each scored 18 points to pace the Spuds, two of five Moorhead players in double figures. Thursday, Moorhead lost at Detroit Lakes 68-64.
The Willmar boys basketball team suffered its first blemish of the season on Thursday night as a last-second layup gave Fergus Falls an 83-82 win in Central Lakes Conference play.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A 47-year-old northwest Minnesota man who has been convicted of drunken driving at least six times appeared in district court Monday, Feb. 12, facing two felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian near Pine Point last Thursday. Bruce Allen Basswood, 47, of nearby Ponsford is accused of hitting and killing Joshua Charles Jones, 21, of Ponsford as he was walking on Pow Wow Highway, about a half mile east of Pine Point. Pine Point is about 25 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes in Becker County.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders often communicate with each other by letter or by talking to the media. But a week before the 2018 session is to begin, Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders from both parties will sit at the same table and answer the same questions.
WALKER, Minn.—Eelpout Festival organizers believe there will be no vehicle restrictions during this year's festival. Thanks to this year's cooler temperatures, festival attendees will likely be able to drive campers, trucks and cars onto the ice as they see fit. This is a change from the 2017 and 2016 Eelpout festivals; unseasonably warm weather prompted restrictions those years. Last year, for example, the Cass County Sheriff's Office decided to only allow snowmobiles and class 1 and 2 all-terrain vehicles on the ice for a portion of the festival.
Football fans and the merely curious will watch the Sunday, Feb. 4 Super Bowl from Minneapolis, but most will have no idea that the game is only the best known part of a 10-day festival. Using the theme "Bold North," tourism officials and the National Football League have put together a collection of activities that range from celebrating all things winter to meeting NFL players. Many of the 30-plus events were designed for the Super Bowl, but ones like St. Paul's Winter Carnival were modified to fit with the Super Bowl's schedule.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. – Law enforcement officials are trying to piece together the circumstances that led to an unidentified woman being dropped off at the Naytahwaush Clinic in northwest Minnesota with a gunshot wound on Tuesday. The woman has only identified herself with a nickname, and investigators believe she is from outside this area, Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier said Wednesday, Jan. 10.
Stay up to date on the latest developments as winter weather moves into our area. Tweet your photos, videos and weather updates to include on the blog using the hashtag #MNwx.
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.