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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.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have signed coveted Canadian Football League receiver Brandon Zylstra, a former standout at Concordia, to a reserve/future contract. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Zylstra led the CFL with 1,687 receiving yards for the Edmonton Eskimos this past season. One of Zylstra’s many recent NFL workouts included a stop at Winter Park on Dec. 8.
Allegations of sexual harassment and the #metoo movement gained momentum, causing a storm of controversy that ended the careers of Minnesota politicians and a beloved radio personality. Those stories dominated the list of the top news stories in Minnesota for 2017 as voted on by several editors at Forum Communications Co. newspapers in the state. Topping the list was the resignation of Sen. Al Franken, who announced earlier this month that he would step down after eight women made public allegations of sexual harassment.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - We've all seen what Adam Thielen can do on the football field for the Minnesota Vikings, but the Detroit Lakes native had some Pro Bowl-worthy moves even back in high school. Check out the video above for highlights from his high school career.
Carson Wentz and Adam Thielen, who played football for two area high schools, have been selected to play in the National Football League's Pro Bowl. Wentz, a second-year quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Thielen, a fourth-year wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, were among those named to the NFC team's starting roster. Wentz played high school football at Bismarck (N.D.) Century and college football at North Dakota State. Thielen played high school football at Detroit Lakes (Minn.) and college football at Minnesota State-Mankato.
RED WING, Minn. — Individually, our local state and national lawmakers have denounced sexual harassment. While they must do so given the scandals bringing down powerful men across the nation, we genuinely believe most of these fine people are sincere.
CASS LAKE, Minn. - A woman hiking in the Chippewa National Forest in north-central Minnesota has captured a rare sighting of a Canada lynx. Linda Palcich saw the lynx in the Sugar Bush area of the forest and submitted the photo to the Bemidji newspaper. Palcich took the photo around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Canada lynx sightings are particularly rare in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there have been 426 reports with location information of Canada lynx sightings in the state, 63 of which have been verified as Canada lynx.
Thielen will appear on ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown' in an interview with his football idol Randy Moss Dec. 3.
Multiple media outlets this morning are reporting that Matt Lauer, host of NBC's Today Show morning program, has been fired over allegations of sexual harassment. Savannah Guthrie, Lauer's co-anchor, opened Wednesday's Today show with an announcement of Lauer's firing. Check back later for updates.
BRAINERD — George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Brantley Gilbert and Locash are the three big headliners for Lakes Jam 2018 at the Brainerd International Speedway, June 21-23.. Lakes Jam organizers Wednesday announced its full lineup, including the headliners and other rock supporting acts. Lakes Jam is in its sixth year hosting the outdoor music fest.