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ST. PAUL (Forum News Service) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air pollution health advisory for parts of eastern, southern and southwestern Minnesota from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Affected areas include the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Mankato, New Ulm, Albert Lea, Fairmont and Marshall. Forecast temperatures in the low 90s, clear sunny skies, and light and variable winds will lead to the formation of ground level ozone, the MPCA warned in a release.
MOORHEAD -- Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for a bipartisan effort to craft a bonding bill that could be passed in a special session later this month, along with a revised tax bill. That bonding bill should include money for a $34.5 million railroad underpass where tracks cross 20th and 21st streets and Main Avenue in Moorhead, and money to make needed repairs on the campus of Minnesota State University Moorhead, Dayton said Thursday, June 9.
BEMIDJI — Court documents show that a 2-year-old foster child found dead Sunday in a Bemidji home had several areas of bruising and superficial lacerations around her head and body and a red or pink fluid draining from her nose. Police suspect the Bemidji man charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the child’s death was using drugs, according to the documents. Kira Friedman, 2, was found dead at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Friedman was left unattended in a shower and apparently drowned in a laundry tote, according to a criminal complaint.
WISHEK, N.D.--Three people were killed in a plane crash involving a 19-year-old pilot just south of Wishek on Thursday, June 9. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports that a Piper Cherokee plane took off from the Wishek Municipal Airport on its way to Bismarck just before 3:30 p.m.
BUFFALO - Authorities say an argument led to the fatal shooting of a teenage mother last week in a rural Wright County park northwest of the Twin Cities. The motive was detailed in criminal complaints Wednesday charging three men in the slaying of Cheyenne Clough, 19, of Buffalo.
ROCHESTER -- Mayo Clinic is more than doubling its research space, the first major step in a $6.5 billion plan to increase its Rochester presence. The overall plan, known as Destination Medical Center, would add 30,000 jobs to world-famous Mayo and double Rochester's 100,000 population. "Just thrilling," Gov. Mark Dayton said about the announcement.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji foster parent has been charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of 2-year-old girl who apparently drowned in a laundry tote in a shower. Nathan Daniel Jackson Sr., 38, was arrested Sunday after the Bemidji Police Department responded to a report of an unresponsive 2-year-old at a residence at about 11:21 a.m., according to a criminal complaint from the Beltrami County Attorney's Office.
FARGO — Former Moorhead standout and current Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen isn’t thinking about the Colton Orr hit that left him limp on the ice in 2007. He’s not thinking of losing in the conference semifinals in 2007, getting swept by the Penguins in the conference finals in 2009, or not making it out of the first round of the playoffs in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
ISLE -- A four-hour meeting of the Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee was one of the most tense in the group's eight-month history, with friction between members and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources staff.