>>Three Dead After Crash In Koochiching County

(Northome, MN)    Investigators say three people are dead following a head-on crash near Northome yesterday.  The Minnesota State Patrol says a 2016 Chevy Silverado was traveling east on Highway 1 west of Koochiching County Road 15 when it collided head-on with a 2021 Ford F-150 traveling west shortly after 11 a.m. 24 year old Riley Scheideker of Bloomer, Wisconsin died in the crash. The driver of the F-150, identified as 27-year-old Joseph Carlson of North Branch, died as a result of his injuries. and 27- year -old John Corazzo  of Shoreview also died.

Three others who were passengers in the Chevy were injured, and two of them sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospitals in Bemidji and Fargo.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation.(24/7 News Source)

>>St. Louis County Man Injured By Falling Tree

(Chisholm, MN)    A St. Louis County man is in the hospital after a tree fell and struck him in the head.  The county sheriff’s office says the 66-year-old man was on a tractor working to clear a property near Chisholm when the tree fell on Saturday.  He was transported to a hospital in Hibbing for treatment.  The sheriff’s office did not release any details about the extent of the man’s injuries.(24/7 News Source)

>>MN Senate Majority Leader Stepping Down From Leadership Role

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic [[ DEED-zick ]] says she’s stepping down from her leadership role after learning her cancer has returned.  She underwent surgery last year to treat ovarian cancer.  Dziedzic said in a statement that the cancer has come back and she is now facing “some serious challenges,” prompting her to decided that it is in the best interest of the caucus to step down as Majority Leader as soon as new leader is selected.(24/7 News Source)

>BCA Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting In Willmar

(Willmar, MN)    The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Willmar.  Police were called early yesterday after someone was reportedly threatened by the suspect.  Investigators say the suspect allegedly charged at an officer with a knife and refused to stop despite several warnings.  The officer fired and the suspect ran from the scene, but was quickly apprehended and taken to a hospital for treatment.  The officer was slightly injured during the confrontation.(24/7 News Source)

(Bemidji) The Bemidji High School Speech team placed 2nd of 21 teams at the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Invitational on Saturday.  Bemidji had 10 overall top 5 medalists at the event, with three category champs including Addyson Yanish in Creative Expression, Gwen Galloway in Informative, and Brynn Klaers in Original Oratory.  The BHS Speakers will travel to Staples on Saturday.

>>MN To Get $4.45M In Latest Opioid Settlement

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota will be adding to the money it’s already received to help fight opioid addiction statewide.  The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office says the state will receive just over four-point-four-million dollars as part of a nationwide settlement with Publicis Health announced last week.  The company acted as a marketing arm for drug companies during the opioid crisis, developing advertising and sales strategies to help increase the amount of medication prescribed to patients.  Minnesota has now received about 564-million dollars from settlements related to the opioid crisis.(24/7 News Source)

>>Duluth Closes Dirt Trails Due To Prevent Damage Due To Warmth

(Duluth, MN)    The City of Duluth has closed its dirt trail system to prevent damage due to warm weather.  The city’s Parks and Recreation Department announced the closure Friday, saying the combination of freezing overnight temperatures and warm daytime temperatures can create wet and vulnerable soil conditions.  That can lead to damage and erosion on dirt trails that are used for walking and biking.  Gravel trails in the city remain open, and dirt trails will reopen when the ground has completely frozen.(24/7 News Source)

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