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FARGO — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is President-elect Donald Trump's No. 1 choice for Agriculture secretary, POLITICO reported Saturday, Dec. 10, citing sources close to the transition team. Heitkamp, who’s in her first term, serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee and is one of the more conservative Democrats in the Senate. Whether she would accept an offer to join Trump’s cabinet is unclear. Her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — A head-on collision caused by a wrong-way driver last week in Bloomington has claimed a third victim — 2-year-old Payton Bailey. A CaringBridge page reported that the boy died, one week after the collision that killed his mother, Dylan Bailey, 24, and grandmother Dawn Chiodo, 51, both of Bloomington. Funeral services for the mother and daughter had previously been announced for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Church in Bloomington.
Man found dead under television at home BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- Police do not suspect foul play in the case of a man who was found dead in his home Thursday in Brooklyn Park with a television lying on him. Brooklyn Park Deputy Police Chief Mark Bruley said police found the 41-year-old man early Thursday afternoon in his home on the 8400 block of Yates Avenue North. Bruley said the man apparently had been lying there for several hours and there were no witnesses to what happened.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Five children escaped from a burning townhome in Alexandria early Friday and firefighters were able to rescue their mother, who was flown to a Twin Cities hospital. According to a news release, the Alexandra Police Department and the Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched to the 400 block of Unumb Drive about 3:23 a.m.
FOSSTON, Minn. -- A Minnesota State Patrol squad car was hit by a truck that tried to run away after the crash Thursday in Polk County. The State Patrol says one of its cars was heading west on Polk County Road 1 near Fosston, when a truck didn't yield to the squad car around 12:30 p.m. The truck hit the car, causing both vehicles to hit the ditch. The truck then drove off.
FARGO — A man considered a suspect in the disappearance of a Twin Cities woman has been charged with manslaughter following the discovery of human remains in rural Cass County, according to the sheriff's office. Sheriff's deputies discovered the remains Friday, Dec. 2, while searching a specific location for the missing woman, Michelle Newell of Vadnais Heights, Minn. The suspect, Timothy Barr, told authorities where to look, the sheriff's office said.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday, Dec. 4, that it will not approve an easement for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe. The decision is a major development in the protest over the construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline, a 1,172-mile project that would link oil fields in western North Dakota to the lower midwest and has become a flashpoint for protests over Native American land rights.
DULUTH — Stewart Mills has dropped his request for a recount in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District race. The Republican challenger issued a statement Friday that he reached the decision "after much consideration, thought, and prayer along with consulting with my family and supporters." U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan defeated Mills in the Nov. 8 election by 2,009 votes among the nearly 357,000 cast.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — For the sixth time this year, a $1 million Powerball ticket was sold in Minnesota. The latest winning ticket, purchased at a Coborn's in St. Cloud, came during the Nov. 26 drawing, which yielded a winning ticket sold in Tennessee for the $420.9 million jacket. The St. Cloud store will receive a $5,000 winning ticket bonus for selling the million dollar prize. It took more than two months, with drawings back to Sept. 21, to produce a jackpot winner. During that time, Minnesota lottery players won a combined $2.4 million.
MOORHEAD -- The city of Moorhead on Tuesday released names of finalists for the job of city manager. The four finalists are: Shawn Henessee, county administrator in Marinette County, Wis.; Larry Kruse, who until October was city administrator for the city of Willmar; Aaron Parrish, city administrator for Forest Lake; and Christina Volkers, court executive officer, clerk of court and jury commissioner for San Bernardino (Calif.) Superior Court.