Minnesota’s unadjusted job count passed the 3 million mark in June for the first time ever, according to figures released in mid-July by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The agency said the state added 4,400 jobs in June on a seasonally adjusted basis and has gained 77,478 jobs over the past year, the biggest over-the-year job gain since May 1998. Job growth in Minnesota is up 2.6 percent over the past year, compared with a national job growth rate of 1.5 percent.
A teenager is hurt after being hit by a car in Henning July 16. It happened just before 1 p.m. on highway 108. State Patrol says 16-year-old Vincent Rose of Henning got out of a car across the street from his house and was trying to cross the road. They say he stopped for a westbound car but as he crossed the eastbound lane, he was hit by a car driven by 36-year-old Alice Olson. Rose was taken to the hospital in Wadena but is expected to be okay.
A Breckenridge man was hurt when the car he was driving hit two horses that were standing on a highway in Todd County in central Minnesota. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the accident happened just west of Hewitt around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 8. The driver, 66-year-old David Schetnan, was westbound on Highway 210 near 121st Avenue. The patrol said as he came over a hill, the vehicle struck two horses that were standing in the westbound lane of the highway.
A child is hospitalized at Sanford Children's Hospital here after being run over by a trailer in a parade in central Minnesota's Wadena County. The accident happened about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, on Highway 87 near Juniper Avenue in Menahga, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The patrol said a pickup, driven by 24-year-old Ben Skoog of Menahga, was towing a boom trailer as part of the parade on the highway, also known as Main Street, and had stopped while children were picking up candy near the vehicle.
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.