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DULUTH -- A motorcyclist was killed after striking a deer Wednesday morning in Duluth. The Duluth Police Department reported the motorcyclist struck the deer while traveling eastbound about 8 a.m. July 18 on Grand Avenue near Bessemer Street. The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, died in the crash. Police haven’t released the motorcyclist’s name pending notification of the family.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- One of the Thief River Falls City Council members involved in last week’s fight with other civic leaders at City Hall has resigned.
WEST NEWTON, Minn. -- A human leg was found by a resident on the Mississippi River in West Newton on July 14, according to a news release from the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office. The resident was cleaning out a debris pile 20 feet from the shore when the person spotted a shoe and a human leg, femur down to foot, in the pile of debris. There were no other human remains located at that time. West Newton is about 40 miles southeast of Red Wing. The incident is under investigation and more information will follow pending a report from the Medical Examiner’s office.
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced Tuesday, July 17, that taxpayers who were affected by the recent severe weather and flooding will get extra time to file Minnesota returns and pay state taxes. This applies to individuals and businesses in the counties and tribal nation below that have Minnesota tax returns or payments due from June 9-July 31, 2018. Gov. Mark Dayton recently declared a state of peacetime emergency and asked state agencies to provide assistance and support to affected communities.
DULUTH—Enbridge Energy is giving landowners more time to decide if they want the old Line 3 oil pipeline removed from their property after regulators approved a replacement for the aging pipeline last month. The Calgary-based company filed proposals to comply with conditions set on the certificate of need and route permit set by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which approved the approximately 340-mile pipeline that will stretch across northern Minnesota to connect Alberta with Superior, Wis.
WARROAD, Minn. -- A Warroad man has been accused of sexually assaulting a young child inside a campground bathroom in Roseau County in far northwest Minnesota.
OAKDALE, Minn. -- Two Illinois men are being charged in Washington County with one count each of felony aiding and abetting possession of untaxed tobacco products, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. According to the criminal complaint, Mohamad Tlaib of Palos Hills and Hamdi Nimer of Tinley Park were stopped Nov. 9, 2017, on Interstate 94 near the St. Croix Weigh Station by a Minnesota trooper after bypassing the open weigh station in a white unmarked straight truck.
DULUTH -- Lightning struck a Duluth church early Thursday morning, July 12, and that is believed to have caused about $75,000 in fire and water damage. The Duluth Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at Christ Lutheran Church where crews found heavy fire around a cross cupola structure on the roof of the church, authorities said.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota law enforcement made nearly 25,000 arrests for driving while intoxicated in 2017 and 42 officers were honored Thursday at a Minnesota Twins game as the 11th DWI enforcer all-star team. In 2017, the all-stars made 2,751 DWI arrests in Minnesota. On average, three people every hour are arrested for DWI in the state. Minneapolis police officer Steve Wuorinen led the way with 165 arrests in the Twin Cities. In outstate Minnesota, State Trooper Mitch Elzen arrested 123 drunk drivers.
DES MOINES, Iowa — A stolen tow truck from Minnesota was found at an Iowa auto shop where police say a Fergus Falls, Minn., man was killed during an attempted burglary. Police said the truck was taken from Beyer's Towing in Fergus Falls early Sunday morning, July 8. The truck, which has company logos on the side, was found Wednesday morning at Kraft 5-Star Muffler in Des Moines. The muffler shop owner is accused of fatally shooting 37-year-old Amund Haarstad of Fergus Falls just before the truck was found. Thomas Kraft, 67, has yet to face any charges.