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An Olivia couple has died as a result of injuries sustained Sunday when their vehicle struck an unoccupied farm implement along U.S. Highway 71 south of Olivia. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the front seat passenger of the 2005 Buick, Carla R. Kopel, 74, was deceased when emergency personnel arrived. The driver, Thomas J.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- Two area men are among three hunters charged with illegally using dogs to tree and kill a mountain lion Feb. 1 in Pennington County. The female lion had two kittens, one of which later died. The other is now in a zoo. The lion was shot about three miles south of Hill City, Conservation Officer Blair Waite said. Waite said James Jucht, 71, of Sioux Falls, shot the treed lion, and David Terveen, 63, of Emery, assisted in the shooting.
The reopening of Last Place on Earth didn’t last long. Jim Carlson was back in jail Wednesday night, this time on a federal gun charge. Carlson opened his store Tuesday evening after posting bail and being released from St. Louis County Jail. He and his son, Joseph Gellerman, were arrested Friday on charges of selling an illegal substance, a powder-like product that police said contained chemicals banned by state law. Gellerman posted bail late Monday.
FARGO – So much for privacy settings. Two Fargo men were charged Monday with burglarizing a Harwood, N.D., home after one of them allegedly left his cellphone there with his Facebook app open to his own profile. Benjamin Paul Emerson, 25, faces one count of burglary, a Class C felony, and his alleged accomplice, Matthew William Hedstrom, 34, faces one count of Class C felony burglary and two counts of theft, one a Class B felony and one a Class A misdemeanor. According to charging documents filed Monday in Cass County District Court:
Jim Carlson, owner of the Last Place on Earth, was released from St. Louis County Jail about 4 p.m. Tuesday after posting $450,000 bail. By 6:30, he had reopened the downtown Duluth store that had been closed since it was raided by police Friday afternoon. Carlson and his son, Joseph Gellerman, had been in custody since their arrests by Duluth police after officers conducted a search and said they found illegal synthetic drugs.
PARKER’S PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A train carrying crude oil derailed near Parkers Prairie just after 6 a.m. this morning. The Canadian Pacific Railroad train was traveling southeast through Otter Tail County when it lost its air brakes and went into emergency mode, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. Fourteen cars derailed, some of them completely off the tracks. Several cars ruptured but oil was contained in a relatively small area, according to the sheriff’s office.
ST. PAUL — Gun control backers have given up controversial proposals in an effort to pass some measures aimed at curbing gun violence in Minnesota. The House Public Safety Committee chairman dropped a plan to expand background checks to virtually all gun sales that was set for a vote Tuesday evening. He said there is a new agreement that will include only checks for purchases at gun shows.
The first messages from dead moose to Minnesota researchers have been coming in, and early results show wolves are taking their toll on the state’s beleaguered moose herd despite an easy winter. Minnesota wildlife researchers trapped 111 moose in January and February and placed GPS trackers and transmitters on the big animals. It’s the most elaborate effort yet to find out what’s causing the rapid decline of the state’s moose population.
FARGO – A blizzard warning is still in effect until this evening for much of eastern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota, with snow and blowing snow creating hazardous driving conditions this morning. The National Weather Service predicted strong northwest winds, with gusts up to 45 mph, and snow continuing through the morning hours, gradually ending west to east this afternoon. Total accumulations of 4 to 8 inches were expected across much of the region by this evening. Higher amounts of 6 to 10 inches were likely across portions of northwest Minnesota.
All three highways will remain closed until further notice. In addition, no travel is advised on all highways in west central Minnesota. Motorists should plan accordingly. When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply. For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.