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LAMBERTON, Minn. -- In a bizarre accident in southwest Minnesota, a Minnesota State University Mankato sophomore and track and field star was killed when his vehicle collided with a fork on a tractor. Jeffrey DeCock, 22, a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champion in the high jump from Mankato, died in the crash about 9 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 14 near his home town of Lamberton, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
FARGO — For pet owners wanting to bring along their dogs or cats in the vehicle this summer on hot days, animal control officers in the largest cities in North Dakota and South Dakota have an idea. Maybe just leave the pet at home. The interior of a car can heat up 40 degrees in an hour, even when windows are cracked and the outside temperature is 70 degrees posing a grave danger to pets, according to animal control supervisor Julie DeJong of the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Police Department.
PRINCETON, Minn. – A 14-year-old boy has been shot and killed in a Princeton home in Mille Lacs County. A second 14-year-old boy from nearby Sherburne County was also at the home in the incident reported to police about 4 p.m. on Monday. The shooting is still under investigation as of Tuesday afternoon, but Police Chief Todd Frederick said there is no reason to believe there was any danger to the public.
ST. PAUL -- Police are investigating after two robbers forced workers at a St. Paul fast food restaurant into the walk-in freezer and pistol whipped the manager before getting away with cash over the weekend. A 26-year-old employee was about to lock a door at a Burger King early Sunday when the door suddenly burst open and a male wearing a mask burst in, according to police. He pushed the worker against the counter, pointed a gun at him and demanded money, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—Lisa Twomey of Moorhead has four young sons ages 4 to 11 and works full-time. So how does she do it? "You just have to be creative," said the Concordia College world language and culture professor who has been able to work things out with her husband, pharmacist Miguel Buisan, and her employer over the years. She's one in the vast army of working moms in Minnesota, a state that was ranked the second best in the nation for working moms as Mother's Day nears.
ST. PAUL -- Two men jumped into the giraffe exhibit at St. Paul’s Como Zoo over the weekend, startling the animals and causing them to run to the other side of the enclosure, but not injuring them, according to police. Police noted that the men, who are both 23, smelled of alcohol and were leaning up against the exhibit’s rail for support when they spoke with an officer, according to Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman.
MINOT, N.D. -- A North Dakota construction company accused of allowing a hostile work environment for a woman truck driver is facing a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Friday, May 5, by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges Keller Paving and Landscaping Inc. of Minot with allowing physical and verbal sexual abuse against Jennifer Gerard by several male co-workers.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A University of Minnesota veterinary professor and two other Minnesota women have died in a collision in the Czech Republic. According to a statement, the three died Tuesday while traveling to a swine health management conference in Prague. Bob Morrison, 64, a professor in the swine division at the University of Minnesota, died when their SUV collided with a truck north of Prague.
MINNETONKA, Minn. -- A 31-year-old Sartell man lost control of his pickup on Interstate 494 and rolled into the ditch early Friday morning in Minnetonka. He survived that crash but then died minutes later when he was hit by a car while walking across the interstate. Jeremy Larson died when he was struck about 1:15 a.m.
WATERTOWN, S.D.—Three Watertown college students were sentenced this week to jail time for their connection with the death of a 19-year-old woman who died after drinking heavily at a house party last month. The Minnehaha County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy that revealed the woman's blood alcohol level .33 percent after her death. However, the examiner concluded the alcohol concentration wasn't the cause of death, but rather that she was placed face down on a bed at the party and died of "positional asphyxia due to acute ethanol intoxication."