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ST. PAUL -- The are 29 potential makers of medical marijuana vieing for the two state-approved facilities allowed by Minnesota law. The Minnesota Department of Health announced Friday that it received 29 letters of intent to apply for the state medical cannabis program. The Health Department requested letters of intent by Sept. 19 with full applications due by Oct. 3. The Health Department intends two select two applicants to become the state’s official medical cannabis manufacturers by Dec. 1.
A Viking, Minn., woman was killed Thursday night in a head-on vehicle crash north of Thief River Falls. The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the woman as Barbara Olsen, 61. According to the report, a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am operated by Adam Davis, 38, Halma, Minn., was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 59, just north of the Marshall-Pennington county line at about 10:37 p.m., when it crossed the centerline and struck a Plymouth Breeze, year unknown, operated by Olsen. Davis suffered serious injuries, according to the report. No other occupants were in either vehicle.
ST. PAUL -- August was a good month for Minnesota businesses and workers, the state Department of Employment and Economic Development reported Thursday. Employers added 6,100 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in almost eight years, 4.3 percent, DEED said in its monthly jobs report. The country's employment rate was 6.1 percent. “Our state has added nearly 203,000 jobs since hitting the low point of the recession in September 2009,” DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said.
LONGVILLE, Minn. -- A small airplane was reported on fire after a crash at a northern Minnesota airport Tuesday afternoon. At 12:53 p.m. the Cass County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an airplane crash at the Longville Airport, which is about an hour southeast of Bemidji. The pilot and passenger, from Denison, Iowa, were transported to the Brainerd Hospital, according to a release from the sheriff's office.
FARGO – Police have arrested a man in connection with an early Monday morning hammer assault on another man. Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said Clifford Edward Monteith, 24, Fargo, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault for his part in a fight involving a hammer. He’s accused of hitting the victim in the head with the weapon after a verbal and physical altercation.
FULDA, Minn. -- Two people are dead after a broadside crash Sunday afternoon in southwest Minnesota. Kristen Boynton, 24, of Perry, Ga., was the passenger in a 2005 Chevy Impala driven by Charles Goode, 24, of Lewisville, N.C. Boynton was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene at the intersection of Murray County 3 and U.S. 59, north of Fulda. Also killed was Kerry Schultz, 34, of Worthington. Schultz was a passenger in a 2009 Toyota RAV4 driven by David Schulz, 38, of Worthington.
MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man charged Thursday with assaulting his wife allegedly pretended to be a police officer and choked her when she answered the door. Ruben Gonzales Jr., 25, faces a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation, a gross misdemeanor domestic assault charge and a misdemeanor charge of fleeing police. Gonzales was separated from his wife for several months, but went to her residence Wednesday to “work on their relationship,” according to the criminal complaint filed in Clay County District Court. Gonzales became intoxicated and choked his wife, threw items at he
Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal one-vehicle crash that occurred early Thursday along Minnesota Highway 89 near the Roseau-Marshall county line. The victim is believed to be a 30-year-old man from Brooklyn Park, Minn., who was operating a truck that left the road at about 5 a.m. at milepost 104 in Roseau County, according to the report. The State Patrol said more information will be released as it becomes available.
FARGO – West Acres mall went into lockdown shortly before noon today after police received a report that an armed man randomly attacked a woman near the J.C. Penney store, according to police. Lt. Joel Vettel said the man approached the woman, a 58-year-old mall employee, as she was walking to her vehicle in the parking lot outside J.C. Penney. The man grabbed hold of her near her vehicle and displayed a handgun in his waistband, Vettel said. The woman struggled with him, and he forced her toward her vehicle.