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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lake property owners are urged to carefully check boats and trailers, docks and lifts, and all other water-related equipment for invasive species when removing equipment for seasonal storage. The state Department of Natural Resources said this is important as new zebra mussel infestations were initially reported by people making fall inspections of docks, boats and boat lifts. The DNR recommends these steps for lake property owners:
STURGIS, S.D. -- Official attendance for the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was released Thursday showing an estimated 480,000 people attended the 77th annual event in August, up from last year. Last year’s estimate was 448,000 visitors.
RAPID CITY, S.D.— Sixteen more people from Nebraska to North Dakota have been indicted for the illegal trafficking of eagle and endangered migratory bird feathers and parts in South Dakota. The men and women, many listed along with the name of pawn shops they were associated with across western and central South Dakota, are in addition to the 15 individuals who were indicted earlier this year as a result of a two-year undercover operation dubbed Project Dakota Flyer.
BACKUS, Minn. -- The Cass County Sheriff’s Office continues to pursue tips in an attempt to locate the suspect involved in the Sept. 16 home invasion case in which a homeowner shot at the intruder who fled the scene in rural Backus in northern Minnesota.
SISSETON, S.D.—Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Sioux tribal officials hope that having one of their own appointed as a special assistant U.S. attorney can help lead the fight against meth and other drugs that are "decimating communities in northeastern South Dakota." Tribal prosecutor Debra Flute was sworn in by a federal judge late last week during a ceremony in Sioux Falls. Flute, an enrolled member of the 13,000-member tribe, received her law degree from the University of North Dakota. She is also the tribe's in-house attorney.
DULUTH, Minn -- Authorities on Thursday pulled a dead body from a storm sewer in Canal Park along Lake Superior. Duluth police said the body was discovered around 1 p.m. by public works employees who were conducting routine maintenance at a public restroom facility. Lt. Dan Chicos said the body was decomposed and would be sent to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in the Twin Cities for an autopsy to determine the identity and cause of death.
ST. PAUL -- A 14-year-old girl walked down the hallway of a St. Paul apartment building on her way to a relative’s unit when two men grabbed her and raped her, authorities say. One of the men, Adrian Raymaar Keys, was charged this week in connection with the sexual assault, according to a criminal complaint filed against him Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court. The 41-year-old St. Paul man faces one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
PINE RIVER, Minn. -- An 18-year-old Pine River man was killed in a rollover crash at 3:37 a.m. Friday on Cass County Road 42 in rural Pine River.
SOURIS, N.D. -- A northern North Dakota farmer’s 3-year-old son fell out of his tractor on Tuesday morning and got run over by the rear tires. Killed in the accident two miles north of Newburg was Burke Henry.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is the happiest state in the U.S., according to a study by personal finance website WalletHub. The criteria used to make the joyous announcement were lowest share of adult depression, highest adequate sleep rate, highest sports participation rate, lowest suicide rate, fewest work hours, lowest long-term jobless rate, highest income growth, highest volunteer rate, lowest divorce rate and safest place to be.