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BRAINERD, Minn. -- A child from Crow Wing County in north-central Minnesota has become part of a measles outbreak, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Wednesday. An agency spokesperson said one unvaccinated child from Crow Wing County contracted the disease after being exposed to it in a Hennepin County health care facility.
BEMIDJI -- One Bemidji Area Schools student was airlifted and five others removed by ambulance from the scene of school bus accident this morning. A school bus filled with elementary students was heading south on Irvine Avenue Northwest at about 7:40 a.m. when it was struck by a car heading east on South Movil Lake Road, and the bus came to rest on its side in the ditch. Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said the car failed to stop at a stop sign there.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — The death of a 3-year-old girl last week in Hubbard County is under investigation. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes did not release the name of the child or any other information related to the death. County Attorney Jonathan Frieden said he could only confirm that a 3-year-old child from Hubbard County died on April 20, and state law requires authorities to investigate the matter.
Detroit Lakes, Minn. - The weather postponed nearly every event on the local sports calendar on Tuesday, April 25, save one. Tuesday was the usual league night in Frazee, Minn., for the trap shooting competition. Trap shooting is the fastest growing sport in Minnesota, with nearly 11 thousand kids from 343 high schools participating this year. Joel Sipper shows how this hidden away sport is becoming the new craze in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Buchanan County, Iowa - TMZ reports former 'Bachelor' Chris Soules is in jail for allegedly running into a tractor trailer, killing the driver, then driving off. The crash happened in Iowa on Monday, April 24 at 8:20 p.m. TMZ reports 35-year-old Chris was driving a Chevy pickup and rear-ended a John Deere, sending it into the ditch. The driver of the John Deere was taken to the hospital where he later died.
DETROIT LAKES — John and Anne Alexander were always together after 64 years of marriage, rarely doing anything without their spouse at their side. "They were just so close," said their daughter, Nancy Alexander. That's why it wasn't exactly a shock to the family that they died together at Ecumen Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, Anne at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, and John at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, April 20. "I think he wanted her to have her own day and then he had his own day, too," said Kate Anderson, one of the couple's six surviving children.
DULUTH — The Superior Hiking Trail Association has hired a new executive director to lead its work on maintaining, improving and supporting the iconic hiking route along the North Shore. Denny Caneff, who most recently spent 13 years as executive director of the River Alliance of Wisconsin, was hired after a four-month search to replace Gayle Coyer, who stepped down earlier this year after 16 years leading the SHTA. Caneff was selected from more than 70 applicants for the position.
ST. PAUL -- A Minneapolis man was sentenced to 11 years in prison Friday for selling heroin in the Bemidji area and two co-defendants will also serve time in a case officials described as the “largest heroin seizure in northern Minnesota.”
SPICER, Minn. -- U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson will host a bipartisan legislative forum to discuss the opioid crisis at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in rural Spicer. State legislators, Sen. Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, and Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, will also be at the session. “With partisanship at an all-time high, it’s more important now than ever to reach across the aisle,” said the DFL’er Peterson in a news release.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota Highway Patrol seized 1.7 pounds of heroin, a bag of marijuana and nearly $27,000 in cash and checks near Rapid City last month, according to a press release issued Tuesday, April 18. According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, two Washington state residents were arrested on drug-related charges following a March 31 morning traffic stop and foot pursuit on Interstate 90, just west of Rapid City.