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ST. PAUL—Minnesota's unadjusted job count passed the 3 million mark in June for the first time ever, according to figures released last week by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The agency said the state added 4,400 jobs in June on a seasonally adjusted basis and has gained 77,478 jobs over the past year, the biggest over-the-year job gain since May 1998. Job growth in Minnesota is up 2.6 percent over the past year, compared with a national job growth rate of 1.5 percent.
MENAHGA, Minn. — A 66-year-old Menahga man has died and another was flown from the scene with serious injuries following a two-vehicle crash Friday morning, July 21. The crash happened approximately 1 mile north of Menahga on U.S. Highway 71. The Minnesota State Patrol said Randall Lee Hinz died in the crash.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A pickup driven by a Fargo man rear-ended an SUV on Interstate 94 near St. Cloud, killing the SUV driver and injuring four children, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. A 2000 Ford Expedition driven by a 37-year-old St. Cloud woman and a 2012 Ford F-150, driven by Wyatt Richards, 20, of Fargo, were both westbound on I-94 about 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, when the F-150 rear-ended the Expedition, the patrol said.
WILLMAR, Minn. - A 48-year-old woman will serve about six years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee for an assault that left a woman at an addiction recovery center in Willmar with permanent brain damage. Stacie Lee Johnson, of Hibbing, Minn., was sentenced in district court in Kandiyohi County on Monday to prison for a first degree assault conviction.
HENNING, Minn.—A pedestrian was taken to a hospital after being hit Sunday afternoon by a vehicle while crossing the road in Henning. The unidentified man apparently was crossing Fourth Street near U.S. Highway 108 just before 1 p.m. to walk back to his residence in the Otter Tail County city, according to a news release from the Minnesota State Patrol. He had just exited his vehicle, which was parked across the street from his home.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—A 27-year-old man is in custody following a 2½-hour standoff with police during which he barricaded himself in his home and threatened another resident with a gun. Police were called to the home, on the 700 block of North Vine Street, about 3:45 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Officers tried to persuade Theodore Tiede to surrender. During negotiations, Tiede fired several gunshots from the home.
FARGO -- A child is hospitalized at Sanford Children’s Hospital here after being run over by a trailer in a parade in central Minnesota’s Wadena County. The accident happened about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, on Highway 87 near Juniper Avenue in Menahga, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
HEWITT, Minn. -- A Breckenridge, Minn. man was hurt when the car he was driving hit two horses that were standing on a highway in Todd County in central Minnesota. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the accident happened just west of Hewitt around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 8.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — Both the driver and passenger of a car were killed Friday in a head-on collision with a semi on U.S. Highway 71. Justin Michael Ahrens, 38, of Morton, and Brittany Renae Olson, 25, of Redwood Falls, died when the 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Ahrens crossed into oncoming traffic in Paxton Township of Redwood County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Ahrens was not wearing a safety belt; Olson was.
A Henning man has died from injuries suffered in a head-on collision earlier this week, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said Friday, June 23, in a news release. The man, 39-year-old James Wilcox, was involved in a crash near Perham on Monday, June 19, the sheriff’s office said.