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ST. PAUL -- Forum News Service will host a briefing with the governor and four legislative leaders at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, Dec. 19. View the live stream here
The barge/tug combo Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived in Duluth on Tuesday morning to pick up a load of taconite. It already was carrying a cargo of ice. Below-zero temperatures and westerly winds left the vessel coated in ice as it passed through the Duluth ship canal before a group of onlookers who braved the frigid conditions. It had warmed up to about zero in Canal Park by the time the ship arrived at about 10:20 a.m., after subzero temperatures to start the day.
PERHAM, Minn. — Fire crews and emergency response teams from Perham, Dent, New York Mills, Vergas, Bluffton and Detroit Lakes, along with the Minnesota State Patrol, were on the scene at OK Tire which was engulfed in flames late Tuesday evening, Dec. 14, in Perham. Sources say it started as a small fire on the north side of the building, but quickly took over the entire structure. The building is located right of MN 78 and Highway 10. It's located next to Lakes Area Coop's Perham Oasis Gas Station and Lakes Area Coop Budget Host.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Authorities in central Minnesota reported Wednesday that the death of a hunter last month is now being treated as a homicide, and investigators are seeking the public's help in locating a gun believed to have been stolen during the incident. Preliminary autopsy results from Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office concluded that Terrence Brisk, 41, died from blood loss resulting from a gunshot wound on Nov. 7.
A cappella group Six Appeal returns to Ulen-Hitterdal to lift holiday spirits, using just their voices, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. They are excited to present their holiday vocal show: Ugly Sweater Party! Six Appeal is a nationally touring, dynamic vocal ensemble infused with sharp comedic timing and the energy and vitality of a rock band.
The Cultural Center announces its new gallery show, Book as Art, which is open now, and seeks old books from the public to join the exhibition, which runs through Dec. 10. Accepting old family books, perhaps in Old World languages, or family Bibles, the Center is seeking beautiful books to share with the public. These could include intricately tooled covers, gilt-edged pages, or unique printing or binding.
ST. PAUL—Talk of a Minnesota special legislative session to deal with soaring individual insurance policy rates continues, even as the 2017 regular session is just six weeks away. Gov. Mark Dayton said on Monday, Nov. 21, that he plans on Tuesday to unveil a new proposal about how to deal with policy costs. He earlier suggested an instant rebate to people buying individual policies who do not qualify for federal subsidies. About 5 percent of Minnesotans buy individual policies.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—An East Grand Forks man died Sunday night, Nov. 20, after the vehicle he was driving struck a deer and rolled in Polk County. According to a report released by the Polk County Sheriff's Office: The crash happened about 6:22 p.m. on Polk County Road 23 north of 150th Street Northwest in Brandt Township. A car driven by Jason K. Johnson, 42, was northbound on the county road when the vehicle struck a deer before going into the ditch and rolling over. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
A 23-year-old man who was scalded to death after falling into a boiling Yellowstone National Park hot spring in June was trying to test the temperature of the bubbling pool for a soak when he slipped in, according to a report on the incident. Colin Nathaniel Scott was seen by his sister, Sable, plunging into the hot spring near Pork Chop Geyser on June 7. His body was never recovered from the the highly acidic, 212 degree water.
WILLMAR, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Friday, Nov. 18, has issued a no-travel advisory for parts of southwest Minnesota, where visibility has been reduced to zero.