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We're not sure what President Barack Obama's legacy will be. But we are sure about what it should be: Presidents should not pass major, once-in-a-generation legislation without bipartisan support. When Massachusetts voters elected Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Obama faced a choice. A few weeks earlier, Senate Democrats had passed their version of Obamacare. They'd taken advantage of their 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority to pass the massive bill on a party-line vote.
GRAND FORKS - Grand Forks Police Department officers reported to a one-vehicle roll-over crash around 1:35 a.m. Thursday, Jan 12. The rollover occurred in the 2000 block of North Washington St. When officers arrived at the scene they located a red 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup on the east side of the road. The pickup was resting on its roof. The Grand Forks Fire Department and Altru Ambulance were called to assist with the medical care and extrication of a single occupant.
FARGO - A 32-year-old woman was stabbed in the leg by a man she had taken into her vehicle in the downtown area early Sunday, Jan. 8, a Fargo police spokesman said. About 1:05 a.m., the woman was driving on Broadway when she was flagged down by a man who appeared intoxicated and asked for a ride to a restaurant, Sgt. Mark Lykken said.
It happens too often: A family member dies suddenly or is incapacitated and doesn't have the ability to communicate before they pass away. If they don't have their financial affairs in order, their survivors, already grappling with grief, are left to pick up the pieces on their own, and one big piece could be missed: life insurance. A slew of questions arise: Did the loved one have life insurance? How many policies? With which companies? How can I contact them? What about annuities? Who are the beneficiaries?
The Minnesota State Patrol issued a warning Friday morning, Jan. 6—slow down, icy conditions are causing crashes. State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow posted several photos to Twitter Friday morning, including one about 8:30 a.m. alerting drivers to an overturned semi on Interstate 94 near Fergus Falls.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials say 397 people died in traffic fatalities on state roadways in 2016, a number that could climb near the 2015 final figure of 411 as more data is evaluated. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety projects the final number to be 412, it said in a news release Thursday, Jan. 5. Pedestrian deaths increased to 60 in a preliminary count, the highest number since 61 died in 1991 and a 50 percent increase over the average of the past five years.
Chronic Wasting Disease has been identified in a farmed deer herd near Merrifield, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Friday. The herd of 33 mule deer and 100 white-tailed deer is registered with the Board of Animal Health. Two, 2-year-old female deer were slaughtered on the farm and both tested positive for CWD. The deer showed no clinical signs of illness.
A car started on fire on Highway 10 just west of Perham yesterday. Perham Fire Chief Mark Schmidt said there were no injuries in the incident. Eight local firefighters were called to the scene to extinguish the fire, working in frigid temperatures of well below zero.
A Perham man faces a felony charge of reckless discharge of a firearm after an incident Saturday afternoon, Dec. 31, at an apartment building in Perham. Police were dispatched to an apartment in Perham on a medical call Saturday afternoon, said Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby. Hoaby said it was determined that an adult male in one of the apartments was struck by a bullet that accidentally fired by an adult male in an apartment directly above the victim's. Hoaby said Melvin Spooner, 24, was taken into custody after the incident.
Kris Wright Koll, 37, the New York Mills High School teacher accused of sexual contact with a minor, was charged Friday, Dec. 23, with felony criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree – position of authority, in Otter Tail County District Court. Criminal sexual contact could include kissing and fondling of either the complainant’s or the defendant’s “intimate parts.” (Minn. Stat. 609.345(e)).