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WASECA, Minn. - A 50-year-old Prior Lake woman was killed when her vehicle collided with a semi-truck Monday afternoon, Nov. 26, on Highway 13 south of Waseca in southern Minnesota. Kelly Renee Merrill was driving a 2013 Lincoln MKZ southbound when it crossed over the center line and crashed into a northbound 2015 Freightliner driven by Nicholas Joseph Zimmerman about 1:40 p.m. in Otisco Township, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - A drive-by shooting, with no injuries, was reported shortly before midnight Friday, Nov. 23, in Hudson Township southeast of Alexandria. According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, a caller reported hearing several gunshots and a vehicle leaving an area near County Road 17 and County Road 31, northeast of Forada and southwest of Nelson, at a high rate of speed.
KARLSTAD, Minn. — A northwest Minnesota man who served almost 18 years behind bars for murder now is a wanted fugitive. Joshua Carl Hendrickson, 40, of Karlstad, has been accused of assault and is at large, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The details of the case were unavailable Friday since courts were closed for Thanksgiving weekend.
PIERZ, Minn. — A 64-year-old Waverly woman died Tuesday, Nov. 20, after the car she drove struck a semitrailer and an SUV, sending five people, including two young children, to the hospital.
AITKIN, Minn. -- A 56-year-old man who died following a gunshot wound while deer hunting in Aitkin County in northern Minnesota on Saturday, Nov. 17, has been identified as Gregory J. Nase of Columbus. Columbus is north of the Twin Cities in far eastern Minnesota.
ADA, Minn. — A woman was killed in a farm accident near Ada on Friday, Nov. 16. Katie Vilmo of Ada was killed when she was pinned by a hay baler. She was flown to a Fargo hospital and died the next day. She is survived by a 3-month-old daughter and husband, Mike Vilmo.
FARGO - Thanksgiving travelers in the region will see lower prices at the pump compared to a week ago, but you will still spend more than you did last year on your way to your holiday feast. The average price for a gallon of unleaded in North Dakota on Sunday was $2.65, down 7.6 cents from a week ago, according to GasBuddy's survey. In Minnesota, prices are averaging $2.49, down 9.5 cents. In the Twin Cities, the average prices was down 5.8 cents at $2.58.
AITKIN, Minn. -- A 56-year-old man died over the weekend following a gunshot wound while deer hunting in Aitkin County in north-central Minnesota.. The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office reported the man was hunting with family on family-owned land about 6 miles northeast of McGrath. The 911 calls were received by the sheriff's office at 12:59 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17..
DORAN, Minn. -- A 20-year-old Breckenridge man was killed when he lost control of his vehicle and struck the side of a train south of Doran early Thursday, Nov. 15. The Minnesota State Patrol said a southbound Suburban was traveling on Highway 9 and went off the road, striking the side of a southbound train. The man's name has not yet been released. The collision occurred at around 8:50 a.m. The crash scene was about 10 miles southeast of Wahpeton, N.D. and Breckenridge.
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- A newly elected member of the Minnesota House has announced that he is going to work on the ban of conversion therapy for gay people. State Rep.-elect Hunter Cantrell said it would make Minnesota the 15th state to institute the ban. Cantrell, who will represent the Twin Cities suburbs of Savage and Burnsville, said he will be the only openly gay person in the House starting in January.