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SIOUX CITY, IOWA — The Valley City State University women's basketball team was bound for the NAIA Division II Women's National Basketball Championship when a slick interstate caused some trouble en route to the competition. The team took off on Interstate 29 in a charter bus Monday morning, March 5, for Sioux City, Iowa. The charter bus slid off the interstate near Watertown, S.D. "It could've been worse," said Vanessa Keeler-Johnson, first-time head coach for the Vikings. "They were shaken up, but we were able to talk our way through it."
CROOKSTON, Minn.—Crookston police have identified the person who was found dead this weekend after a house fire. The early Sunday morning fire that started at 214 Fourth Ave. N. likely caused the death of 40-year-old Immanuel LaRochelle, according to a news release. Initial reports indicate the blaze at the victim's home was accidental, the release said.
EMILY, Minn. -- A 52-year-old Crosslake man has died after he was found on his snowmobile on a trail near Emily in north-central Minnesota. The possible snowmobile crash was on a trail near Ruth Lake, north of the city of Emily, at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, according to Capt. Scott Goddard.
BEMIDJI, Minn.-- A group home employee was charged with third-degree assault Wednesday after allegedly hitting a developmentally disabled resident in the face and also fracturing his rib. Connor Michael Shea, 27, was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 27, one day after the alleged assault. He appeared in court Wednesday morning and has since been released from the Beltrami County Jail.
WILTON, Minn. -- A man was injured and a horse was killed in a Wednesday, Feb. 28, car crash in Wilton in northwest Minnesota.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A 23-year-old Brainerd man was charged with attempted murder after allegedly poisoning a 4-month-old baby girl by feeding her antifreeze or de-icing fluids. Jeffrey Ryan Thomas appeared Monday in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd, where he was charged with first-degree attempted murder with premeditation, second-degree attempted murder without premeditation and first-degree assault to cause great bodily harm.
GRAND FORKS -- After a week of hints, it’s official -- Metallica is coming to the region. The band’s WorldWired Tour will play the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on Sept. 8, according to a news release. It’s been almost 30 years since the band played in the city. The heavy metal rock band will also have shows in Minneapolis on Sept. 4, Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sept. 11 and Winnipeg on Sept. 13.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. — Within 48 hours this past December, White Earth Nation was hit with seven drug overdoses. In the months following, a joint drug court program has received approval from the Minnesota Judicial Council to combat what the tribal government calls an urgent public health crisis. "There is no question that our region is on the front lines of our nation's battle against the abuse of opioids and other drugs," state Ninth Judicial District Judge Anne M. Rasmusson said in a press release Thursday, Feb. 22.
A 31-year-old St. Paul woman died Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Minnesota Highway 61 near Brighton Beach in Duluth. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Courtney Ryan was a passenger in a 2003 Buick Century that was traveling south on Highway 61, approaching Brighton Beach Boulevard, when the vehicle crossed the center line and was struck by a northbound 2013 Lexus RX350 SUV.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Ryan Donato provided all the goal scoring for Team USA, tallying two power-play goals, to propel his country over Slovakia here, 2-1, during pool play Friday, Feb. 16. Netminder Ryan Zapolski stopped 21 shots, setting Team USA up for a pivotal matchup Saturday against the Olympic Athletes from Russia.