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ST. PAUL—Minnesota state health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli related to romaine lettuce from the Yuma region. The Minnesota Department of Health is working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and public health agencies in other states to investigate an outbreak. Information on the national outbreak can be found on CDC's and FDA's websites.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- A 55-year-old Grand Rapids man was killed Friday, May 4, after his motorcycle rear-ended another Grand Rapids motorcyclist in Irondale Township in Crow Wing County. The crash occurred on Highway 210 between Brainerd and Crosby by the Deerwood Cutoff. Steven James True, 63, was eastbound on his 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Street on Highway 210 at County Highway 12 at about 7:30 p.m. True braked hard and was rear-ended by Frank Joseph Westerlund on his 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide, the patrol said. Westerlund was killed in the crash.
GRASSY BUTTE, N.D. -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission will be hosting a public hearing in Grassy Butte on May 14 at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. Central) at the Grassy Butte Community Hall. The public hearing is being held to give the public an opportunity to contribute regarding a proposal to build a Natural Gas Liquids pipeline system in McKenzie, Billings and Stark counties. The application was submitted by Andeaver Field Services, LLC, for a permit to build an NGL pipeline system consisting about 44 miles of new six-inch and eight-inch steel pipeline.
FRAZEE, Minn. – Thousands of turkeys are dead after an early-morning fire broke out at a barn near here Thursday, May 3. The fire started about 7 a.m., according to Frazee Fire Chief Albert Doll. Five nearby fire departments were called in to help extinguish the massive blaze.
Becker County, Minn.-- One person is hurt after a crash in Audubon at just after 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. 22-year-old Maty Monson of Detroit Lakes was traveling west on Highway 10, when she failed to yield to a car driven by 22-year-old Chase Kohler of Alexandria that was heading south on fourth street and attempting to make a left turn. Kohler's vehicle crossed into the westbound lanes to go east on highway 10 and was hit by Monson's car. Monson was not hurt in the crash. Kohler was taken to Essentia Hospital to be treated for non life threatning injuries.
BISMARCK -- The University of Mary, expecting a record 500 incoming freshmen for this fall’s semester, will employ a waiting list for the first time in the school’s history. The freshman class will be a 20 percent increase over the 2017 incoming enrollment figures, the school said in a news release.
SPICER, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton will be fishing on an ice-free Green Lake on the state’s fishing opener May 12. Although not officially declared “ice free,’’ Kandiyohi County’s largest and deepest water body as of Wednesday was largely ice free. “As far as we can see, there is no ice,’’ said Laura Anfinson from her vantage point at Green Lake County Park on the lake’s north shore.
CAVALIER, N.D. — A 45-year-old woman who died after fleeing police on Saturday, April 28, has been identified as Dena M. Peterson of Cavalier, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Peterson was involved in a high-speed chase in a 2010 Kia Soul SUV around 8 p.m. when the vehicle drove into a ditch, struck a field approach and rolled east of Cavalier. Peterson was not wearing a seat belt and died at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Transportation has begun issuing Real ID-compliant credentials, the agency said Tuesday, May 1. Driver's license offices in Fargo and Minot are scheduled to start issuing the credentials May 21, with Williston and Dickinson set for the following day. Grand Forks will issue them starting May 23 while Jamestown and Devils Lake will begin May 24, according to a news release. For now, only the Bismarck driver's license location is issuing the Real IDs.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. - At least seven people are being treated at the Mahnomen Health Center after money used to pay for an item at a Mahnomen-area gas station and C-store injured an employee Monday, April 30, the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office reported.