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RUGBY, N.D. -- On the fourth attempt, an Amtrak train carrying 111 passengers that was stuck almost 13 hours in a 25-foot northern North Dakota snowbank was on its way to other eastward stops on Wednesday. Three attempts failed earlier in the day after heavy snow and two days of fierce winds plugged the tracks with a 200-foot long snowbank.
ST. PAUL—Bald eagles are migrating back to Minnesota a few weeks early because of the warm February. People could see the birds in large numbers over the next few weeks as the warmer days melted much of the snow cover with ice breaking up along rivers and lakes, said Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer, a nongame wildlife specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the New Ulm office.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A former doctor with Indian Health Services on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been charged with sexually abusing minors there for 12 years. Stanley Patrick Weber, 68, of Spearfish, S.D., has been indicted by a federal grand jury for aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, and sexual abuse of a minor. He denied the charges Wednesday in an appearance in federal court.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a measure allowing Xcel Energy to convert a coal-fired power plant to natural gas. In signing the bill on Tuesday, Feb. 28, Dayton said that the Becker conversion will save jobs in the central Minnesota community. "This is a really important day for Becker, Minn. ... and really for the entire state," Dayton said.
CARRINGTON, N.D.—The father is in a Twin Cities burn unit with serious injuries, while the mother and another survivor have been treated and released after a tragic mobile home fire Saturday took the lives of three east-central North Dakota children. There were three adults and three children in the home when the fire started in a front bedroom. The father, Brandon Tufte, 32, was first taken to CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center and then airlifted to the Twin Cities.
MINNETONKA, Minn. -- A construction worker was killed Monday afternoon in Minnetonka when a large steel pipe rolled off a semitrailer, crushing the Missouri man. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the workman was helping to unload the pipes from the trailer when a pipe came lose shortly after 2:30 p.m. The workman was pronounced dead at the scene, the southbound U.S. 169 ramp to Londonderry Road.
FARGO—For the first time in about eight years, a bill has been introduced in the U.S. Congress that would improve the 4,600-mile North Country Trail that runs from North Dakota to New York. The proposed improvements on the nation's longest trail are the focus of a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
WINGER, Minn. -- A Fertile, Minn., man has been arrested on drunk driving charges after investigators said he drove a car through a bank wall early Friday and caused “heavy damage” to the building. The Polk County Sheriff’s Department responded at 12:42 a.m. to Ultima Bank at 9 Minnesota Ave. in Winger, where a 2006 Chevy Impala was driven into the east side of the building.
KERKHOVEN, Minn. — At midnight Friday, 83 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg High School band members and their chaperones will load onto buses and begin their trip to Hawaii for the 75th anniversary observance...
WALKER, Minn. -- Authorities are searching for a Federal Dam, Minn., man after a canoe was found capsized Tuesday night on Leech Lake. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a...