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BEMIDJI - One person died and three others were hospitalized after overdosing on heroin in Beltrami County on Saturday.
WORTHINGTON -- Heron Lake Watershed District Administrator Jan Voit said the work her staff does within the watershed district is on a willing landowner basis. It takes people willing to install rain gardens, implement conservation tillage practices and plant buffers. It also takes people with a desire to leave the land in the same, if not better, condition for the next generation -- and a desire to leave our waters in a better state than what they are.
In honor of U.S. Marine Corps sergeant and Delano resident Dillion J. Semolina, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff Friday at all state and federal buildings. Semolina was among a dozen Marines who died in a Jan. 14 helicopter crash near Hawaii.
WORTHINGTON — When Gov. Mark Dayton took the stage at the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual convention last month, it was within hours of his announcement that vegetation buffers would not be required on private ditches. The decision, he said, was necessary to get support from Republican legislators for bonding money he will seek for Department of Natural Resources and Board of Water and Soil Resources programs.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota health and agriculture officials are investigating an outbreak of foodborne illness associated with alfalfa sprouts produced by Jack & The Green Sprouts of River Falls, Wisconsin. The state health department said there seven cases of E. coli O157 in Minnesota and two in Wisconsin in January and early February from the sprouts. The department said retailers and restaurants should not sell or serve the sprouts and consumers should not eat them.
FOLEY — A St. Cloud man has pleaded guilty to charges that he was intoxicated, speeding and without a license when he caused a crash that killed a Hibbing couple in central Minnesota in August. Tom Souvannaphong, 23, entered Alford pleas to two charges of criminal vehicular homicide at a hearing Thursday in State District Court in Benton County. In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit the act, but admits that sufficient evidence exists that would allow the prosecution to convince a judge or jury of his guilt.
ST. PAUL — Deadlines for removing fish houses, dark houses and portable shelters from state waterways are approaching, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Dates of removal are determined by an east-west line formed by U.S. Highway 10, then east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. Shelters south of this line must be removed by the end of the day March 7.
BEMIDJI - A Bemidji man connected to the murder of Redby woman Rose Downwind appeared Monday in 9th District Court. Brandon Joseph Rossbach, 31, faces the charge of aiding an offender after Marchello Anthony Cimmarusti, 40, told police he helped dispose of Downwind's body in October northwest of Bemidji. Cimmarusti has been charged with second-degree intentional murder in the death of the 31-year-old Downwind.
Most American workers get little or no paid time off for family leave, such as for the birth of a child or to care for a sick or aging relative. In fact, the U.S. is the only industrialized country that does not mandate paid leave for mothers of newborns, according to the International Labour Organization. While a 1993 federal law guarantees a person's job for up to 12 weeks of family leave, it's estimated less than 35 percent of North Dakota's working adults are eligible for that unpaid leave or can afford it.
ST. HILAIRE, Minn.—Texting and driving can be deadly, but Minnesota state troopers said a cellphone saved a Thief River Falls woman's life Sunday after a car accident in northwest Minnesota left her hanging upside down and unconscious for nearly two hours in freezing temperatures. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Jolene Mammen, 38, was driving to her job in Grand Forks about 5 a.m. in a 2014 Ford FTU Hatchback on Pembina Trail, a rural blacktop road in Pennington County near St.