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Today is officially "Prince Day" in the state of Minnesota, in honor of the legacy of the iconic musician — and Minnesota native — who died earlier this year at age 57. Today would have been Prince's 58th birthday. Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith issued a proclamation Monday declaring the day "to celebrate Prince's life and many contributions — not only in arts and culture, but also in his many acts of service to his fellow Minnesotans," according to a news release.
WARBA -- Golden winged warblers are little birds in big trouble. Scientists say they are declining faster than any other songbird in North America. They are under consideration for federal Endangered Species Act protections. The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology says only about 400,000 breeding adults remain, a decline of 66 percent since the 1960s. In some eastern states their population has crashed by 98 percent.
MOORHEAD -- Farmer Scott Gillespie of Johnson, near the headwaters of the Red River in far western Minnesota, said farmers can’t just do it by themselves in trying to control flooding in the valley. “When we get a lot of rain in the spring, and there’s been a lot of snow in the winter and the ground is still frozen, no matter what we do we can’t stop everything,” he said about what can be done on farmland to help prevent flooding.
ST. PAUL - Tuesday is Prince Day in Minnesota on what would have been the music superstar's 58th birthday. Gov. Mark Dayton issued a proclamation Monday honoring Minnesota native Prince Rogers Nelson. He died April 21 at his Paisley Park home. Prince was born June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis.
A Roseau man is severely hurt after a fight in Roseau County this weekend. According to a GoFundMe page Jordan Brateng was trying to break up a fight and suffered serious injuries. He was airlifted from Roseau to the Hennepin County Medical Center and went into surgery. He sustained a fractured skull and brain bleeding. The sheriff's office confirmed the incident but plans to release their report at a later time.
GLYNDON - A man is in custody following a chase that topped 130 mph in rural Clay County as he fled law enforcement officers with a toddler in the back seat of his car. Dustin Bruce Martin, 34, was arrested at his home in rural Hawley after the chase, which began in Glyndon when a police officer observed Martin speeding and crossing the center line of Highway 10 several times, said Glyndon Police Chief Mike Cline.
DULUTH -- David Danielson and his family are used to military service and long journeys. Recent generations of men in his family have almost universally served in the armed forces. Going back further, his great-great-great-grandfather was among those who traveled alongside Chief Buffalo through the Great Lakes in birchbark canoes to sign the Treaty of 1854 in Washington, D.C.
FERGUS FALLS - The suspect in an apparent murder has been identified by the Fergus Falls Police Department. Dustin Defiel, 28, is charged with second-degree murder of his father, Ricardo Defiel, a city employee in the northwestern Minnesota town. The Fergus Falls Police Department reports they were dispatched to the home at 1900 block of Main Street for a shooting after Dustin Defiel's mother, Tamara, called authorities.
LONG PRAIRIE -- Amanda Lynn Hinson will challenge Dave Hughes, the endorsed Republican candidate for the U.S. House for the 7th District, in the Aug. 9 primary. The winner will face 13-term U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. Hughes was endorsed by a majority of delegates at the GOP district convention April 30 in Alexandria.
GRAND MARAIS - Six people from Wisconsin traveling in a motorhome escaped life-threatening injury during an incident on Minnesota Highway 61 in northeast Minnesota on Tuesday. The motorhome traveling northeast in Cook County and driven by 66-year-old Mark Damaske, of Mequon, Wis., veered to avoid a small SUV pulling a camper and traveling in the opposite direction that had crossed over the center line, the Minnesota State Patrol said in a news release.