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Red, itchy eyes. Watery nose. And ... aachooo! Welcome to hay fever season. Allergy sufferers may have noticed an uptick in respiratory ailments in recent weeks. Goldenrod pollen is often blamed for causing fall allergies, but the true culprit is ragweed, says Beth R. Jarvis, a University of Minnesota Extension educator.
A Detroit Lakes woman is facing felony theft charges after allegation that she stole a vehicle. Billie Joe Stewart, 36, was arrested following a complaint filed with police on Aug. 27. According to the complaint filed in Becker County District Court, a man reported that his gold Honda Accord had been stolen from within the city of Detroit Lakes.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—Three people are in critical condition after an air ambulance helicopter crashed near the Alexandria airport early Saturday. A North Memorial Health Care helicopter crashed en route to the Alexandria airport at 2:07 a.m., according to a statement from North Memorial. Three North Memorial crew members were injured. There were no patients on board. Access to the crash site at 1438 Lakeside Drive was blocked by authorities Saturday. The crash site is near the eastern shore of Lake Winona and north of the Alexandria Municipal Airport.
A 20-year-old Wadena man was injured Friday when he crashed a motorcycle while fleeing from state troopers. The Minnesota State Patrol reported at noon Friday, troopers attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle. The motorcycle failed to yield, beginning a traffic pursuit that continued at speeds reaching 115 mph. The motorcycle lost control and crashed at 275th Avenue and 428th Street near Vergas.
Enbridge announced last week it plans to suspend the Sandpiper Pipeline, citing changes in market conditions and Minnesota regulatory delays that prompted customers to invest in a different pipeline. Enbridge Energy Partners will withdraw applications pending with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and shelve the Sandpiper until North Dakota oil production recovers from the recent slowdown.
A 43-year-old Wadena man was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl when she was 7 or 8 years old. Shane Anthony Spicer, 43, was convicted Wednesday on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after the jury deliberated for about six hours, according to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office. The maximum sentence for first-degree criminal sexual conduct is 12 years in prison.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said his third-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a "significant knee injury" during a non-contact drill during Tuesday's practice and said it's possible Bridgewater could be lost for the season. "Possible, yeah," Zimmer said during an afternoon news conference to discuss the injury. The third-year quarterback didn't appear to be touched when he went down in the pocket and grabbed his left knee.
A Polk County Sheriff's deputy suffered injuries from breaking glass when a man fired at a helicopter the deputy was riding in Monday morning. Charges are pending against Carstie Lee Clausen of Clearbrook, who reportedly shot twice at the helicopter with a high-powered rifle in the far northwest Minnesota county.. The deputy was not identified in a news release from the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office, but the release did noted the officer was treated and released from Essentia Hospital in nearby Fosston, Minn.
The Minnesota Department of Education recently released scores for the 2016 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs). The statewide proficiency data shows reading scores increased slightly when looking at all grades. Math scores declined slightly, while science scores increased. The results over time show that while scores have slowly increased, achievement gaps between white students and students of color persist.
An 18-year-old Park Rapids woman sustained serious injuries following a collision Friday at the intersection of State Highway 87 and County Road 11 southeast of Park Rapids. According to the State Patrol report, Riley M. Kimball was driving a 2000 Corolla southbound on County Road 11 when she turned east onto State Highway 87 and collided with a pickup pulling a camper traveling westbound on Highway 87.