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ST. PAUL -- Round Lake in Otter Tail County is the latest body of water in Minnesota to have zebra mussels. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said zebra mussels were found on equipment being removed for the season on Round Lake’s eastern shore. The DNR said no additional zebra mussels were discovered during a follow-up search on several other areas of the lake. Nearby, but not connected, Rush Lake had a confirmed case of zebra mussels last year. Both lakes are about eight miles south of Perham.
Sept. 20 southern Minnesota tornado outbreak rises to 16 ST. PAUL — The National Weather Service now says 16 tornadoes strafed southern Minnesota on Thursday, Sept. 20, up from the four that were initially estimated. The NWS said Friday, Sept. 28, that it had completed a more detailed analysis, which included high-resolution satellite and radar imagery as well as drone and aerial footage. The NWS office in Chanhassen said the storm damage was difficult to assess because of the many potential tornado tracks amid widespread wind damage.
ST. PAUL — In honor and remembrance of Minnesota Corrections Officer Joseph Michael Parise, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered U.S. and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Tuesday, Oct. 2, at state and federal buildings in Minnesota. Parise died in the line of duty after experiencing a medical emergency at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights on Monday, Sept. 24. A celebration of Parise’s life with public safety honors will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel in Minneapolis.
HUDSON, Wis. -- A Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child sexual assault. According to the Pierce County Jail log, Allen J. Wojcik, 31, was booked at 5:32 p.m. Sept. 26 on suspicion of second-degree sexual assault of a child. He was transferred to the St. Croix County jail, where he was also listed on a Wednesday jail log.
WASHINGTON — Watch live as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before senators on allegations of sexual assault by Supreme Court Justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A 25-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested Tuesday night, Sept. 25, after a high-speed chase through Bemidji resulted in his vehicle crashing into a tree and another vehicle. The driver, Donald Negron, was arrested for feeling a peace officer, criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm and third-degree DWI, Bemidji police said in a news release. According to Bemidji police, an officer tried to pull over the vehicle at 11:52 p.m. The vehicle was not using headlights or taillights.
PIERRE, S.D. — A government watchdog reporter with experience covering two states' legislative sessions will join Forum News Service's newly created capitol bureau in Pierre. Sarah Mearhoff, who has covered government and politics in Pennsylvania and Mississippi, will begin Oct. 17. She will help launch the South Dakota capitol bureau for Forum Communications Co., which owns and operates Forum News Service. Forum News Service provides and distributes journalism content in four states, including South Dakota.
PRESHO, S.D. — A 2-year-old boy from Howard died Monday, Sept. 24, in a farming accident in south-central South Dakota, authorities said. Jed Haak got trapped in a grain auger-conveyor machine in rural Lyman County before he was transported via ambulance to a Chamberlain hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Authorities said the child's family has land in Lyman County, between Kennebec and Presho.
MOORHEAD — The college admission fee to all Minnesota colleges and universities will be waived from Monday, Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 26, as part of College Knowledge Month. Application fees for qualified low-income students and active duty military service members deployed overseas are always waived at every Minnesota State college and university. If prompted for a promo code, applicants should use "CKM2018." For more information, visit www.minnstate.edu/collegeknowledge .
The Minnesota Duluth men's hockey program will begin the 2018-19 season right where it left off at the end of last season—on top. The defending national champion Bulldogs picked up 44 of 50 first-place votes Monday, Sept. 24, to take the top spot in the USCHO Division I men's preseason poll. Aside from UMD, which returns 19 of the 26 players from the 2017-18 squad, four other NCHC teams were included in the national poll, including two more in the top 10.