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It started snowing on Halloween night and didn't stop for four days. The Halloween Blizzard. The Megastorm. The big one. Thundersnow and gale-force winds and plummeting temperatures. It was 25 years ago that the massive weather system started dumping ice and snow in the Northland. The storm affected an area from Iowa across Minnesota and into Northwestern Wisconsin, but Duluth was hit the hardest — a still-standing, single-storm record of 36.9 inches. Much of Minnesota saw one to two feet of snow.
BRAINERD, Minn.—In this week's "Northland Outdoors TV" episode, travel with our crew as they head to the prairies and farmlands of North and South Dakota, home to an annual springtime northern migration of tens of thousands of snow geese headed to their Canadian tundra nesting grounds. Come with us to see the positive role Midwest hunters are playing in managing those damaging excessive geese populations.
MINNEAPOLIS — Two teens and an adult male are dead after a shooting inside a Minneapolis apartment building on Friday, Sept. 30. A fourth victim, an adult woman, has been taken to a Minneapolis hospital with unknown injuries. Minneapolis Police Officer Cory Schmidt police received a call, with gunshots audible in the background, shortly after 7 a.m. at the apartment building near Lake Nokomis in south Minneapolis.
Negotiations between Dakota Access Pipeline opponents and law enforcement officials broke down Wednesday, setting up a possible clash as hundreds of protesters vowed to hold their ground at a new camp directly in the path of the four-state oil pipeline. A contingent of law enforcement and National Guard officials met with camp representatives on State Highway 1806, with tension in the air as thick as the fog blanketing the surrounding hills.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Wild rice is as synonymous with Minnesota cuisine as lakes are to the state's reputation. Wild rice has been used as a food source for centuries, and it's grown in more than half of Minnesota's counties. Clearly, it's a big deal. In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we visit a central Minnesota family which has made a living on harvesting wild rice for four generations. The crew also travels to Wisconsin for a very special pheasant hunt. See it all in this weekend's episode of "Northland Outdoors TV."
For the first time in more than half a century, Forum Communications Co. declines to endorse the Republican candidate for president of the United States. It does not follow, however, that the endorsement goes to the Democratic candidate. This year, we suggest none of the above is the best choice.
A Minneapolis man has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on felony fifth degree assault charges after police say he punched a woman in the face. Anthony Jay Hanks, 29, was arrested after White Earth officers were called to a report of a domestic assault that occurred June 1 in rural Becker County. According to a complaint filed with Becker County District Court, the officer spoke with the victim, who says Hanks had punched her in the side of the left cheek, then threw her to the ground. The officer observed her swollen cheek and muddy clothes.
A Naytahwaush woman has been sentenced for felony drug possession after she was arrested at the Detroit Lakes Walmart. Patricia Lynn Barrett, 32, was sentenced to 12 months, one day in prison, stayed for five years. She was instead ordered to spend 35 days in jail, with credit given for all 35 days already served.
A Mahnomen woman has been sentenced for felony theft after she and a male she was with were caught stealing a cart full of merchandise from Walmart. Patricia Ann Bush, 29, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, stayed for five years. She was instead ordered to spend 57 days in jail, receiving credit for all 57 days of time already served.
A Fergus Falls woman has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on drug charges. Jeneice Alisha Muchow, 38, was arrested Feb. 4 when a Frazee police officer responded to a request from Perham Police to located a white Ford Ranger occupied by three people heading to Frazee from Perham.