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BRAINERD, Minn. -- A child from Crow Wing County in north-central Minnesota has become part of a measles outbreak, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Wednesday. An agency spokesperson said one unvaccinated child from Crow Wing County contracted the disease after being exposed to it in a Hennepin County health care facility.
BEMIDJI -- One Bemidji Area Schools student was airlifted and five others removed by ambulance from the scene of school bus accident this morning.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — The death of a 3-year-old girl last week in Hubbard County is under investigation. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes did not release the name of the child or any other information related to the death. County Attorney Jonathan Frieden said he could only confirm that a 3-year-old child from Hubbard County died on April 20, and state law requires authorities to investigate the matter.
Detroit Lakes, Minn. - The weather postponed nearly every event on the local sports calendar on Tuesday, April 25, save one. Tuesday was the usual league night in Frazee, Minn., for the trap shooting competition. Trap shooting is the fastest growing sport in Minnesota, with nearly 11 thousand kids from 343 high schools participating this year. Joel Sipper shows how this hidden away sport is becoming the new craze in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Buchanan County, Iowa - TMZ reports former 'Bachelor' Chris Soules is in jail for allegedly running into a tractor trailer, killing the driver, then driving off. The crash happened in Iowa on Monday, April 24 at 8:20 p.m. TMZ reports 35-year-old Chris was driving a Chevy pickup and rear-ended a John Deere, sending it into the ditch. The driver of the John Deere was taken to the hospital where he later died.
The price of gasoline is expected to rise over the next few months. In Minnesota, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel was $2.31 on Monday, 10 cents below the national average, according to price-tracking website GasBuddy.com. The average price in Minnesota dipped to a three-month low of $2.22 in late March. Most stations in Duluth were selling gas for $2.28 or $2.29 a gallon on Monday. The average price of gas in Wisconsin was $2.38 a gallon on Monday, with most stations in Superior selling gas for $2.31 or $2.32.
DETROIT LAKES — John and Anne Alexander were always together after 64 years of marriage, rarely doing anything without their spouse at their side. "They were just so close," said their daughter, Nancy Alexander. That's why it wasn't exactly a shock to the family that they died together at Ecumen Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, Anne at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, and John at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, April 20. "I think he wanted her to have her own day and then he had his own day, too," said Kate Anderson, one of the couple's six surviving children.
ST. PAUL -- A Minneapolis man was sentenced to 11 years in prison Friday for selling heroin in the Bemidji area and two co-defendants will also serve time in a case officials described as the “largest heroin seizure in northern Minnesota.”
RED WING, Minn. — Police in Red Wing opened a homicide investigation Tuesday, April 18, after finding a man with a bullet wound dead on a city sidewalk. Officers responded to a report of an unconscious man at 12:06 a.m. to discover the body Dangelo Masterjohn, 27, of Red Wing. The Red Wing Police Department is asking the public to provide tips by calling 651-385-3155 or submitting an anonymous tip to Minnesota Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestoppersmn.org .
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. — State officials are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting here Sunday night, April 16. According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputy shot an unidentified man in a recreational vehicle near Highway 61 and Interstate 694 on the north side of the Twin Cities.