A hot start to June could lead to earlier, heightened risk of the West Nile Virus this year in Minnesota. Mosquito pools recently tested positive for the virus in the Twin Cities metro area, weeks before the virus-carrying bugs are typically found in early July. Similar surveillance isn't performed in Southern Minnesota, but officials suspect the mosquito population elsewhere in the state could already be carrying the virus as well.
A Willmar musician well-known for playing at area senior living and activity facilities is facing a second allegation of criminal sexual conduct. Terrance Raymond Shaw, 72, was part of the 1970s-era rock-and-roll Shaw-Allen-Shaw Band that has been inducted in the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame. Shaw appeared Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on one count of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a gross misdemeanor, for allegedly touching the breast of a senior living facility resident in 2014 in New London.
On Saturday, June 17, the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call of an erratic driver on Highway 71, north of the City of Menahga. The vehicle was said to be speeding and passing dangerously. The vehicle sped through Menahga before the Menahga officer could catch up to it. Deputies located the vehicle between Sebeka and Menahga, still driving at high rates of speed in excess of 90 mph.
A missing boater whose body was found in Nokay Lake has been identified as 54-year-old Raymond Achman of Brainerd. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s office released the name about 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10. The Crow Wing County Dive Team located Achman’s body using side scan sonar at 9:41 a.m. Saturday.
The Wadena police are looking for two people who may be involved in ripping-off area businesses. The police released these photos on its Facebook page. They say the two may be driving a 2015 Ford Mustang. The two were allegedly involved in using fake credit and debit cards at area shops. If anyone has any information, you're urged to call police.
The federal government has twice denied Minnesota’s request for an extension to comply with the Real ID federal standards for driver’s license security rules. And twice the federal government has said no. But now that Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a law that the state must comply, he asked the federal Department of Homeland Security one more time for some extra time.
Three new cases of measles were confirmed in Crow Wing County, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the north-central Minnesota county to four - although all appear to be from the same household. The Minnesota Department of Health said Friday the cases are linked to the original Crow Wing County case that was confirmed May 4. The new cases were announced in a release from Crow Wing County Community Services.
On Saturday, May 13, the Pequot Lakes Library will host 25 Minnesota authors for "Made in Minnesota: A Celebration of Local Authors." Community members will be able to meet the authors and purchase signed copies of their books from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there will be an author-hosted Children's storytime at 10:30 a.m.
BRAINERD, Minn. --The unvaccinated child in Crow Wing County with measles is a student at a local Catholic school, a letter to parents from the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday. "This letter is to inform you that measles has been diagnosed in a child who attends St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School," the letter read. "Your child may have been exposed to measles. Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus."
The defense team for the St. Anthony police officer charged in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile is making another attempt to have his trial moved outside the Twin Cities. Defense attorneys have suggested moving the trial to Brainerd or Duluth.