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DULUTH – With Minnesota’s estimated wolf population down about 25 percent from recent years, state Department of Natural Resources officials will allow fewer wolf hunting and trapping licenses this fall, the agency announced Monday. The DNR has set the statewide target harvest of wolves at 220, down from last year’s target of 400. The season will open Nov. 9, opening day of Minnesota’s firearms deer season. “The changes are a management response to the most recent wolf population estimate,” said Dan Stark, the DNR’s large carnivore specialist.
HAWLEY, Minn. – A fatal house fire here Sunday morning was caused by the accidental ignition of materials surrounding an improperly installed electrical outlet, Lt. Stephen Landsem of the Clay County Sheriff’s Department stated in a release Monday. Authorities also identified the 15-year-old girl who died in the fire at 702 6th St. S. as Rylie Efterfield of Hawley. Efterfield was one of four family members who were home about 1:40 a.m. Sunday, said Lt.
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FARGO – Police here are investigating the death of a 21-year-old Fargo man after he was discovered unresponsive in the downstairs bathroom of a local bar. Lt. Joel Vettel said at 11:19 p.m.
ADA, Minn. – A 25-year-old Dilworth man pleaded guilty this morning to a charge of second-degree murder connected to the death of his girlfriend’s 22-month-old baby girl. Raul Perez admitted in a plea hearing in Norman County District Court that he caused the death of Ariel Reyes on Aug.
BEMIDJI TOWNSHIP -- No injuries were reported in a mobile home fire Sunday evening in Bemidji Township, officials said. The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the fire in the 1200 block of Little Norway Avenue SE at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday. The fire was reported by a passing motorist. When firefighters arrived, the rear portion of the mobile home was fully engulfed by flames, officials said. A total of 17 firefighters used two fire engines and two water tenders to extinguish the fire. All the occupants of the home escaped from the fire and no injuries were reported.
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ST. PAUL — The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will offer an off-reservation moose hunt to its members this fall, taking up to 25 bull moose, band leaders say. But the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has formally objected to the Fond du Lac hunt and has asked the band to reconsider its position, said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife program manager in St.
HAWLEY, Minn. – A 15-year-old female is dead after a fire engulfed a home here early Sunday morning. Firefighters responded to the fire at 702 6th St. around 1:40 a.m. Sunday, said Hawley Mayor Gary E. Johnson. Johnson is also part of Hawley’s rescue squad. By the time he arrived on scene, the house was fully aflame. Johnson said he could feel the heat through his car windows, describing it as an “inferno.” The deceased girl’s mother and two siblings were able to escape from the house, Johnson said.
MOORHEAD — A Winnipeg man faces criminal charges in Clay County court after prosecutors accused him of driving here from Canada to have sex with a 15-year-old West Fargo, N.D., girl who was reported by her mother as a runaway. Samuel Juliann Viviezca Seneres, 27, was charged Thursday with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony. According to a police report, the girl’s mother contacted West Fargo police Feb. 28 to report her daughter missing.