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BABBIT, Minn. -- The body of a missing northern Minnesota woman was found Tuesday near Babbitt, more than 2 miles from where her vehicle was located in February. Tawhna Jolee Pringle, 30, of Grand Rapids was last seen at about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 11 on a convenience store surveillance camera near Babbitt. Her ex-husband reported her missing Jan. 27 after she hadn’t been seen or heard from for more than two weeks.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- The first confirmed emerald ash borer infestation in South Dakota has been discovered in northern Sioux Falls, bringing the tree-killing beetle to within 70 miles of Mitchell. Ash trees make up almost a third of the trees planted in South Dakota communities and also are also common in windbreaks. Insecticide to treat ash trees can be expensive, Mitchell Parks Supervisor Steve Roth said Wednesday, and the city lacks a formal plan for dealing with tree deaths.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- With the help of sonar equipment, divers on Tuesday night, May 8, recovered the body of a man last seen Monday afternoon entering the Mississippi River, starting to swim and going under about halfway across. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Department identified the man Wednesday afternoon as Shannon David Shaw, 49, of Waite Park.
MCGREGOR, Minn. -- Two people are dead and one more is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash on Highway 210 east of McGregor in Aitkin County. The Minnesota State Patrol said a Dodge Journey driven by 36-year-old Rebekah Seibert of McGregor was traveling westbound on Highway 210. Her vehicle slid on wet pavement into oncoming traffic where it was hit by a Ford pickup driven by 64-year-old Edward Ruhnke of Duluth. The Ford pickup hit the Dodge on its rear passenger side.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota state health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli related to romaine lettuce from the Yuma region. The Minnesota Department of Health is working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and public health agencies in other states to investigate an outbreak. Information on the national outbreak can be found on CDC's and FDA's websites.
GRAND FORKS—Eastern North Dakota is in a Red Flag Warning through 6 p.m. Monday, May 7, as strong winds, dry grass and low humidity create ideal conditions for wildfire outbreaks to occur, the National Weather Service said. The warning is in effect for Cavalier, Pembina, Walsh, Nelson, Grand Forks, Griggs, Steele, Traill, Barnes, Cass, Ransom, Sargent and Richland counties.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- A 55-year-old Grand Rapids man was killed Friday, May 4, after his motorcycle rear-ended another Grand Rapids motorcyclist in Irondale Township in Crow Wing County. The crash occurred on Highway 210 between Brainerd and Crosby by the Deerwood Cutoff. Steven James True, 63, was eastbound on his 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Street on Highway 210 at County Highway 12 at about 7:30 p.m. True braked hard and was rear-ended by Frank Joseph Westerlund on his 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide, the patrol said. Westerlund was killed in the crash.
BAGLEY, Minn. — Seven students and the driver were injured when a school bus from Grand Rapids rolled early Monday morning, May 7, on U.S. Highway 2 about 6 miles east of Fosston. The bus was transporting students to a field trip in Crookston. Jessica Setness, communications coordinator with Grand Rapids Schools, said 22 students and one staff member were heading to the Great Plains Youth Institute when the crash occurred at 8:18 a.m.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. – The mystery substance found on cash that burned a clerk at a Mahnomen County gas station Monday, April 30, turned out to be a “carbohydrate” that may have triggered an allergic reaction, according to the sheriff’s office. A state lab in St. Paul determined that the powder on the bill was “nontoxic and nonacidic,” the sheriff’s office said Tuesday. Seven employees of the gas station, including the cashier, were taken to the Mahnomen Health Center for treatment, and the Moorhead hazmat team was called to the gas station.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. - At least seven people are being treated at the Mahnomen Health Center after money used to pay for an item at a Mahnomen-area gas station and C-store injured an employee Monday, April 30, the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office reported.