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NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. -- A late April return to winter weather made for slippery driving conditions here Wednesday morning, April 26, likely contributing to a fatal crash in Otter Tail County. The crash occurred about 7:43 a.m. on U.S. Highway 10 when a pickup driving westbound lost control on a bridge deck and went off the road and rolled down onto the Highway 10 on-ramp from County Road 67 in New York Mills, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
GRAND FORKS — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will continue to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline even as the date nears for expected oil transportation, Tribal Chair David Archambault said Tuesday, April 18, at the University of North Dakota. "We're going to try to stop the oil from flowing," Archambault said. "We're going to build awareness about the investors, the lenders, the banks, the financial institutions who fund projects like this and who fund companies like Energy Transfer Partners."
HAWLEY, Minn. — Five area fire departments responded to a house fire Monday afternoon on what was originally reported as an out-of-control grass fire encroaching near a propane tank. Around 4:35 p.m. Monday, April 17, emergency crews were sent to 26586 28th Ave S., just southeast of Hawley. Dispatchers quickly reported that the grass fire involved a structure and crews called to activate the Salvation Army as they worked to extinguish the fire.
BATTLE LAKE—Battle Lake police are looking into a possible child abduction after they responded to witness reports Friday night, April 7. Witnesses told police they saw a male driver exit a black SUV and grab an older male student who was around 14 or 15 years old with black hair and wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with blue jeans. The boy and his skateboard were put into the SUV, and witnesses said the victim was pounding on the window and yelling for help. There may have been a woman in the passenger seat of the vehicle, witnesses told police.
The Detroit Lakes location will remain open, but the discount footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource in Moorhead will close its store as well as in about 400 other underperforming stores after filing for bankruptcy protection. The privately owned Payless Inc., based in Topeka, Kan., joined a long list of U.S. bricks-and-mortar retailers to fall victim to declining mall traffic in the midst of a rise of internet shopping and rapidly changing consumer tastes.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans will have a chance to keep their vehicle after someone else is convinced of drunk driving in it. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law Monday, April 3, protects an innocent vehicle owner when someone else uses it without permission or knowledge. Existing law allowed the vehicle to be forfeited even if the owner was not the driver.
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. — Four juveniles suffered minor injuries after allegedly stealing a vehicle Tuesday in Fort Thompson and leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase. A 13-year-old girl, driving a 2006 Chevrolet SUV, allegedly eluded police until the vehicle vaulted off an exit ramp, causing minor injuries for herself, a 14-year-old girl and two 10-year-old male passengers, according to Chamberlain Police Chief Joe Hutmacher.
BRAINERD, Minn. - A first-grader from Brainerd was critically injured in a crash during spring break, while on her way to Los Angeles, the child's mother said.
MANKATO, Minn. -- A 4-year-old boy has died after his clothing caught on a hook at a Mankato thrift store on Saturday, Mankato police said. Around 5:40 p.m., March 18, police and medical responders were called to the Again Thrift & More store after the boy was found unresponsive in a dressing room. While a relative was using a dressing room, the 4-year-old crawled underneath another dressing room door and once inside, had his clothing get caught on a hook, police Cmdr. Daniel Schisel said.
Rock band The Shins have been added to the summer concert series at Bluestem. The group plays the outdoor Moorhead venue on Sunday, May 21. The group made a splash in 2001 with the song "New Slang." Over the past 15 years the band, fronted by James Mercer, has released four more albums. The announcement of the show coincides with the release of the group's latest album, "Heartworms." Tickets are $27 for general admission lawn, $37 for general admission bench seats or $51.50 for reserved seats.