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ST. PAUL -- After a couple of weeks limited to skating by himself, 21-year-old Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek made a triumphant return to practice Wednesday. Wearing a baby-blue jersey to remind everyone on the ice he has not been cleared for contact, and participating in about half the drills, the young Swede made his presence felt at the end of the 45-minute session.
BOSTON -- Clayton Kershaw took steps to prepare for his first career start at Fenway Park but didn't have it when he took the mound for Game 1 of the World Series. The Boston Red Sox roughed up the Los Angeles Dodgers ace for five runs in four-plus innings, pulling away late for an 8-4 win Tuesday night and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Timberwolves rookie guard Josh Okogie missed a couple of outside shots early in Monday’s win over Indiana. In college, that kind of start might have caused Okogie to shy away from jumpers for the rest of the night and attack the rim instead. The Wolves weren’t about to let that happen.
WILLMAR, Minn. - The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Tuesday, Oct. 23, that it has confirmed a case of H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Kandiyohi County in central Minnesota. This is not the same virus that was the cause of the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak that caused thousands of poultry deaths in the Midwest in 2015. The disease, known as H5N2 LPAI, was detected during routine surveillance testing of a flock of 10,000 13-week-old turkey toms on Oct. 19.
CHANHASSEN, Minn. — The Carver County Attorney's office has determined two sheriff's department officers who shot a 16-year-old boy outside his home in the western Twin Cities suburb of Chanhassen this past summer acted in self-defense. In the incident on July 13, Archer Amorosi, who according to a 34-page report on the incident had been suffering from mental illness, was shot multiple times after he charged one of the officers with a hatchet in one hand and what deputies thought was a handgun in the other hand.
STURGIS, S.D. -- Attendance was the second highest in the past 10 years at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August in the Black Hills of South Dakota, according to official numbers released Thursday, Oct. 11. The City of Sturgis in reporting the numbers said there were 495,000 visitors at the 10-day event with a total economic impact to the state of $786 million. More than $580,000 was raised at various events for local nonprofit organizations.
HUGO, Minn. — It's not always that conservation and economic development go hand-in-hand. However, the new state director of The Conservation Fund in Minnesota said that's exactly what the nonprofit organization has as its goal: to blend the two together.
ST. ROSA, Minn. -- Two adult black Labradors were found shot to death in a wildlife management area in Stearns County in east-central Minnesota over the weekend. After an investigation by the county sheriff’s department, the skeletal remains of two other dogs and a cat were also found in the same area near the town of St. Rosa or about 30 miles northwest of St. Cloud near the Todd County line.
MINNEAPOLIS — Applications are being accepted for four positions on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents next year. The positions to be filled include one student at-large position, two at-large positions, and one from the Fifth Congressional district position. The application deadline is Nov. 30.
ST. PAUL — The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is coming to Minnesota next week. He will be joined by Kimberly Guilfoyle, chair of the pro-Trump political action group America First, to headline a fundraiser for the state’s Republican Party. Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan said the visit shows how important the White House thinks Minnesota is for the midterm elections.