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RENVILLE, Minn. –– Seven people, including five teens, were injured Wednesday when a truck collided with a school bus on an icy road near Renville in west-central Minnesota. None of the injuries were life-threatening. The Minnesota State Patrol said the accident on Minnesota Highway 212 happened at 6 p.m. when a tractor-trailer driven by David R. Littlecreek-Wilbanks, 50, of Granite Falls, broadsided a school bus driven by Dennis M. Isaackson, 56, of Cottonwood.
MANKATO, Minn. - Players for the Minnesota State University-Mankato football team announced Wednesday that they would not practice under their newly reinstated coach. Todd Hoffner, who was fired by the university over pornography allegations, announced Tuesday that he would return to his former coaching job.
A Thief River Falls man who led police on a car chase that exceeded 120 mph appeared in court Wednesday, according to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department. Christian B. Potucek, 20, was charged with fleeing police, receiving stolen property, driving drunk and driving without a valid license. The car he drove was a stolen. Around 2 p.m.
GRAND FORKS – Emergency personnel responded to a Grand Forks residence Wednesday night after a man called 911 telling dispatchers he was armed and planned to kill himself. Police cars, ambulance, fire trucks and SWAT vehicles gathered as officers negotiated with the man to surrender. The man gave up and was taken to Altru Hospital to receive medical attention, said Grand Forks police Lt.
BARNESVILLE, Minn. - A crash near here involving two semis left one driver dead this morning on an icy stretch of Interstate 94, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. One semi rear-ended the other about 4 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near milepost 24, the patrol said. The name of the driver who died has not been released. The other driver, Thomas Harrington Jr., 53, of St. Paul, was not hurt, patrol Sgt.
PERLEY, Minn. – A traffic stop on a rural road turned violent Tuesday morning when a man pulled a handgun on a Norman County sheriff’s deputy and shot him in the back once before driving off and triggering a manhunt that involved dozens of officers, authorities said. The deputy, whose name was not released, was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, and he received injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
DULUTH - An Allegiant Air flight destined for Duluth from Las Vegas late Monday afternoon had to return to Las Vegas shortly after takeoff because of a swarm of bees. Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said the flight crew reported at 5:30 p.m. Duluth time that shortly after takeoff, a swarm of bees was clouding the windshield and bees were being ingested into the plane’s engines. The crew decided to abort the flight, landing safely back in Las Vegas. More than 160 passengers were put on a new plane and got to Duluth at about 10:30 p.m., an hour and 40 minutes later than scheduled.