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ST. PAUL—Nearly 5,000 young hunters 10 to 15 years old will take to the fields and forests this weekend during Minnesota's youth deer season, the Department of Natural Resources said. The DNR offers the annual hunting opportunity to help develop Minnesota's next generation of hunters.
RURAL PONSFORD, Minn. — A 15-year-old boy with special needs was flown to a Twin Cities area hospital to be treated for hypothermia after he went missing for several hours Monday, Oct. 15, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Office. About 12:36 a.m. Monday, the sheriff's office received a report that the boy had left his home in rural Ponsford. The temperature was 28 degrees and the wind chill was 18 at midnight in Park Rapids, a town about 20 miles from Ponsford, according to the National Weather Service.
ST. PAUL -- Bob Kurtz, the radio voice of the Minnesota Wild, will miss three games as the veteran broadcaster undergoes a procedure for an irregular heartbeat, the team’s public relations department said on its Twitter account Sunday night, Oct. 14. Kevin Falness will join color commentator Tom Reid for Monday night’s game in Nashville. The Wild said Kurtz is expected to return for Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay in St. Paul.
FARGO — A Norwegian reality show is once again looking for Norwegian-Americans for the experience of a lifetime. Casting is now open for the 10th season of “Alt for Norge” (“The Great Norway Adventure”), in which contestants travel to Norway to chase down their ancestral roots, experience a little culture shock and try to win $50,000.
TOWNER, N.D. — A Minnesota man accused of injuring a rural North Dakota priest during an assault in January is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing in McHenry County District Court next month. Chad Legare, Alexandria, Minn., was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and burglary after the Jan. 30 attack. He's now scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing on Nov. 13. The victim, identified in court papers as "John Doe," was beaten and strangled during the assault but survived, court papers say.
PLEASANT VALLEY, Wis. -- A Hammond woman and a horse were killed Friday morning, Oct. 12, after the animal was struck in the middle of a St. Croix County road. The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 53-year-old Diane G. Johnson, the driver of a 2009 Chevy Impala. According to a news release, deputies responded at 6:42 a.m. Oct. 12 to County Road T about three miles south of Hammond — for a single-vehicle crash. Preliminary investigation found the brown horse was in the middle of the road when Johnson collided with it.
DULUTH—Residents and tourists slowly made their way around pieces of the Lake Superior Lakewalk strewn around the Duluth shoreline Thursday, Oct. 11, as they gawked at the damage done by Wednesday's storm. A group of tourists stopped to read informational signs about Lake Superior as they walked on rocks pushed onto the Lakewalk by the waves. All along the way, people were making comments about how sad it was to see the damage and how powerful the storm had to be to cause it.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — The city of Worthington has agreed to pay a Worthington man $60,000 to settle a lawsuit he filed with representation from the American Civil Liberties Union alleging he had been unlawfully treated by members of the city's police department during a 2016 traffic stop.
ST. PAUL -- Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Walker Lake near Ottertail, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday, Oct. 11. The lake is connected to Otter Tail Lake, which also was confirmed to contain zebra mussels in 2016. The DNR said a lake property owner contacted them after finding five adult zebra mussels on an irrigation intake while removing it for the season. DNR invasive species staff found more zebra mussels on other equipment in the same area of the lake and where Walker Lake outlets into Otter Tail Lake.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — An experienced sports writer and former editor has been selected to help lead Forum Communications Co.’s efforts to coordinate and expand its sports reporting efforts. Mick Hatten begins Nov. 6 as a sports editor tasked with leading its emphasis on high school and college hockey, expanding its network of freelance writers for sports tournament coverage and expanding offerings to audiences across Minnesota and North Dakota.