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Because of continued Canadian wildfires, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued another air quality alert for Douglas County and the northern half of Minnesota. The alert runs through noon Sunday. According to the MPCA, a large area of Canadian wildfire smoke was expected to cover much of the northern half of the state by early Friday morning.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A Thief River Falls man was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 8, for stabbing a coworker in the neck, according to court records. Louis Damian Cruz Montanez, 26, was charged with attempted murder and assault with a weapon. If convicted, he could spend up to 20 years in prison and pay a $20,000 fine. Police were called Wednesday to Northern Pride, 419 Pennington Ave. S. in Thief River Falls. An affidavit for Cruz Montanez's arrest said he got into a fight with another man in the locker room. The man allegedly swung a box fan at Cruz Montanez.
MINNEAPOLIS — University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will step down from that role on July 1, 2019, according to a press release from the school. 2019 will be Kaler's eighth year in office, a tenure that "already exceeds the national average," Kaler said in a statement Friday, July 13. "This is an incredibly demanding job, essentially seven days a week, evenings and nights included, and as proud and confident of my contributions and ability as I am, I also know that the University will benefit from a fresh perspective," Kaler said. "Quite simply, it is time."
With more Minnesotans enjoying the cool rivers and lakes around the North Star state, drowning deaths usually goes up, but what does the data say? When looking at the summer months of May, June, July and August from 2007-2018, most of the non-boating drowning deaths occur in July, according to data compiled by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Hennepin County has had the largest number of drowning deaths in the summers from 2007-2018 with 46.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- An Alexandria, Minn., man was arrested Saturday, May 12, after a high-speed chase through Becker County. According to a report released by the Becker County Sheriff’s Office: About 1:48 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff’s office received a report of an erratic driver travelling west on Minnesota Highway 34 near Minnesota Highway 29.
PERHAM, Minn. -- A 21-year-old Pine River man is custody after two people were killed at a rural Perham home early Tuesday, April 17. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the deaths as homicides. Sheriff’s deputies responded at 5:17 a.m. to a call of an assault at the home, Chief Deputy Barry Fitzgibbons said in a news release. When deputies arrived, they found two people dead, he said.
ROSEAU, Minn. -- Minnesota Lottery officials said Thursday someone bought the winning $22.8 million ticket drawn Wednesday at a Holiday Station store in Roseau. General Manager Angie Brodshaug of Store No. 193 said the winner hadn’t claimed the ticket yet Thursday, but the phones have been ringing off the hook since the news first came out.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota vehicle registration, title and licensing computer system will remain in limbo at least through the weekend. An attempt by Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, for the full Senate to vote on a measure appropriating funds to continue fixing the troubled MNLARS system failed Thursday, March 15, when Republican leaders said negotiations on the issue will go through the weekend.
MOTLEY — Minnesota Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported the Cass County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a missing teen boy runaway from the rural Motley area. The missing boy was identified as Dylan Joseph Vorbeck, 15, of rural Motley. Vorbeck left his home wearing a two-tone blue jacket and red shoes. Vorbeck is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall and about 130 lbs with short brown hair and brown/hazel eyes.
MOTLEY—A traffic stop resulted in the seizure of heroin and the arrest of a 34-year-old Red Lake woman Saturday in Morrison County. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office reported at 5:47 p.m. Saturday, a deputy was patrolling the city of Motley and observed a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted on a white Chevrolet Impala near the intersection of highways 210 and 64. The deputy observed drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the vehicle, according to the release. During a search of the vehicle, suspected heroin was located.