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WILLMAR, Minn. -- There are now 265,728 valid permit-holders for handguns in Minnesota, an increase of 59 percent over 2105, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension report on Wednesday, March 1, said 71,156 permits were issued statewide in 2016, the highest number of permits issued in a single year since the current firearm laws were implemented in 2003. That’s up from 44,696 in 2015.
DRAKE, N.D. -- A 31-year-old man was killed and a semi-truck driver was injured following a head-on collision Tuesday morning, Feb. 28, on Highway 52 north of Drake in north-central North Dakota. A Ford pickup was eastbound around 8 a.m. when it crossed the center line and collided with a westbound Freightliner with a triple-trailer combination, the North Dakota State Patrol said. The pickup spun into the shoulder while the semi jackknifed with the cab overturning into a ditch.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A 56-year-old Detroit Lakes woman has been identified as the person who died Saturday, Feb. 18, after a train struck her. Lynn Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene. Detroit Lakes police and paramedics responded about 9 p.m. to a report of a pedestrian struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe oil train near Washington Avenue and U.S. Highway 10. Upon arrival at the scene, officers and paramedics found the victim on the railroad tracks. Traffic on the rail corridor through Detroit Lakes was stopped for several hours.
GLENWOOD — Five people were injured in a head-on crash with an ambulance Saturday afternoon on Minnesota Highway 28 just west of Glenwood. The Minnesota State Patrol said a 2005 Dodge Stratus was westbound on Highway 28 when it went into the ditch, the driver apparently overcorrected and went back onto the highway into the eastbound lane, hitting the ambulance head on.
MOORHEAD, Minn. - A Moorhead resident sitting in a recliner at home was hit when a pickup came smashing into the room. The Moorhead Fire Department said around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, a medical condition caused a driver to lose consciousness in a neighborhood south of The Meadows golf course. The pickup hit what's described as a den area of the home.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A driver found sleeping in his vehicle on Interstate 94 Friday morning, Feb. 10, led officers on a chase that topped 110 mph through Douglas and Pope counties. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office did not identify the suspect, who was arrested after his vehicle was stopped using spike strips. The chase started after a deputy responded to a report of a vehicle parked in the right lane of Interstate 94 at 6:09 a.m.
WAUBUN, MInn.—It's time to moving over when you hear or see the police coming. Doug Krier, Mahnomen County sheriff, says, "It's a simple step. Just slow down." The gesture will protect officers. "That's one of the occasions when you say don't go towards the light," says Krier. For one officer with the White Earth Tribal Police Department, it could have been a lot of worse. On Monday, a driver lost control on icy roads near Waubun, hitting the officer who was wrapping up a traffic stop on Highway 59. "My first reaction is, is he OK?"
WAUBUN, Minn.—A White Earth, Minn., Police officer was injured Saturday night after a car hit his squad vehicle during a traffic stop. The male 52-year-old's squad car, a 2014 Ford Explorer, was stopped at 9:14 p.m. just north of Minnesota Highway 113 on U.S. Highway 59 in Waubun, according to a Minnesota State Patrol crash report. A 2005 Chevy Malibu, driven by Karen Jean Jones, 63, of White Earth, was southbound on Highway 59.
MAHNOMEN, Minn.—Icy roads were to blame for a Saturday night rollover about 7 miles west of Mahnomen, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
ST. PAUL—The public can now view winter road conditions from the Minnesota Department of Transportation's new "plow cams" available through the www.511mn.org website. Some of the agency's 838 snowplows are equipped with cameras that show real-time road conditions along plow routes.