Wright County Officer Involved Shooting; Helium, Helium On The Range; New Catch and Release Categories This Season

>>Two Dead After Small Plane Crash In Afton

(Afton, MN)    Two people are dead following a small plane crash in Washington County.  Investigators say the plane crashed in Afton on Saturday morning, killing an 85-year-old man from White Bear Lake and a 68-year-old man from Baytown Township.  The plane crashed in a yard near a home, but no one on the ground was hurt.  Federal investigators are currently looking into the cause of the crash. (24/7 News Source)

>>One Dead After Officer-Involved Shooting In Wright County

(St. Michel, MN)    A driver is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Wright County.  Investigators say a deputy was confronted by an unidentified suspect with a gun during a traffic stop in St. Micheal on Saturday morning.  The suspect reportedly refused to comply with the deputy’s orders, which led to the shooting.  The deputy is now on administrative leave, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.(24/7 News Source)

>>A-T-V injuries in Northern Minnesota

An ATV driver was seriously injured after being pinned in a rollover this weekend.  The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says a Faribault resident was hospitalized Friday night after flipping their ATV and landing under it northwest of Tower. Authorities said the driver, who was not wearing a helmet, was trying to navigate a steep ditch on County Road 77. The rider was flown to a Duluth-area hospital by North Memorial Air helicopter.

In a separate incident early Saturday morning, a 64-year-old from Babbitt went through the ice on the North Bay of Birch Lake when his ATV slid into open water at a pressure ridge. He was rescued uninjured with help from Babbitt firefighters and the person who reported the incident. The ATV was later recovered.(24/7 News Source)

>>Helium Discovered In Minnesota’s Iron Range

(Babbitt, MN)    A Canadian company is celebrating after discovering a high concentration of helium underground in Minnesota. Liquid helium is used in the production of semiconductors and as a coolant for magnets used in MRI machines.

Pulsar Helium announced last week that it found the highly desirable gas underground at a drilling site near Babbitt in St. Louis County.  The highest concentration of helium was reportedly just over 12-percent, which was labeled an outstanding result by company officials.  The amount of helium and the feasibility of extracting it from underground are still being studied.  (24/7 News Source)

>>Twin Cities High-Temperature Records Toppled

(Minneapolis, MN)    Temperatures much warmer than normal broke this weekend in the Twin Cities. Temperatures peaked around 74 yesterday, shattering the old record set in 1905 by nine degrees. The National Weather Service says it was also the earliest 70-degree temperature reading, two days ahead of the previous record. St. Cloud also reached 70 degrees, breaking its earliest 70-degree reading.(24/7 News Source)

>>Mille Lacs Tribe Begins Construction Of Cannabis Facility Near Onamia

(Onamia, MN)    A Minnesota Native American tribe is starting construction on a cannabis cultivation facility in Crow Wing County.  The Mille Lacs Band Of Ojibwe [[ oh-JIB-way ]] announced Friday that the 50-thousand-square-foot facility is being built on tribal lands near Onamia.  There is no dispensary in that area right now, but officials say they will supply other tribal dispensaries as well as state-licensed dispensaries that will open in the future.(24/7 News Source)

>>DNR Adding New Fish To Catch-And-Release Records

(St. Paul, MN)    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to give anglers more chances to get their fish into the state record book.  The agency is adding 18 species to its catch-and-release record list for the upcoming fishing season.  The new entries include brook trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, walleye, channel catfish and largemouth bass.  State officials say the popularity of catch-and-release fishing and a desire to promote native rough fish led to the changes.(24/7 News Source)

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