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LAKEVILLE, Minn. — Future yellow school bus wheels will go round and round with electricity harnessed from wind power. Three partners collaborated to roll out the electric school bus pilot program: Schmitty & Sons, Dakota Electric Association of Farmington and Great River Energy, the power supplier for Dakota Electric.
RICHFIELD, Minn. — A 24-year-old man is dead after a drive-by shooting in Richfield on Monday night, police say. Officers found a man lying on on the street, with at least one gunshot wound to the chest around 11:20 p.m. Monday. Callers reported to 911 dispatchers that they heard four to five shots fired in the area, Richfield police say. Witnesses said the shots came from a 1990s gray minivan with a sliding door on the driver's side. Four people were in the van, witnesses told police. Paramedics treated the victim but he died at the scene.
ST. PAUL—For the third year in a row, seat belt tickets decreased during the Minnesota summer Click It or Ticket campaign's two-week extra enforcement wave. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety said a few of the more dangerous situations where drivers were ticketed were when a state trooper cited a young driver for not wearing a seatbelt while going 110 mph in a 55 mph zone, and an officer ticketing a driver with two teens riding in a boat being towed by a vehicle.
United Way St. Croix Valley recently awarded a grant to Camp Avanti for a scholarship fund to send several children to camp who else would not be able to. Camp Avanti provides an occupational therapy program for children ages 6 to 15 who have learning disabilities and/or sensory processing dysfunction, according to a news release. Through activity, individuals develop the ability to respond productively.
Young black bear charges man, dog in Bayport BAYPORT, Minn.—A young black bear spotted wandering around Bayport in far eastern Minnesota along the St. Croix River charged at a man and his dog getting within about 15 yards before they escaped. Bayport police say the bear was spotted several times Tuesday morning in and around the river. Residents of Stillwater and Stillwater Township have also reported seeing bears in their yards, said Harland Hiemstra, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
BRANDON, Minn. — A 10-year-old Crookston girl was hospitalized after a pit bull attacked her and bit her numerous times at a residence in Brandon. According to a report from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, Samantha VanWert of Brandon called 911 and told dispatchers she was enroute to the Douglas County Hospital with Autumn Flaten, who had just been bitten by her pit bull.
Carol Gardner, a physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, recently became a board-certified clinical specialist in women's health. She is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties of the American Physical Therapy Association. Specialist certification formally recognizes physical therapists who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in a specific area of physical therapist practice.
Young people are at greater risk for risky behaviors during the summer, when they spend long stretches of time unsupervised. Decades of statistics demonstrate that violence, drinking and drug use rates go up during the warm summer months.
MENTOR, Minn.—The Polk County Sheriff's Office has identified two people killed in an ATV accident Saturday night near Mentor, Minn. Noel William Schmieg, Mentor, and Crystal Rose Scott, Crookston, were pronounced dead at the scene after hitting an approach and being thrown from an ATV about 10 p.m. Saturday on Polk County Road 12 near Mentor. They were both 34 years old. Both were unconscious when first responders arrived and were pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff's office said. The accident remains under investigation. ---
DULUTH, Minn. — Lake Superior rose an inch more than it usually does in May, according to the monthly report released Friday, June 2, by the International Lake Superior Board of Control. The big lake rose 5 inches in May, a month it usually goes up 4 inches. Lake Superior now sits 9 inches above the long-term June 1 average and 4 inches higher than at this time in 2016. Lakes Michigan-Huron rose 5 inches in May, 2 inches more than the usual 3-inch increase. The lakes now sit 14 inches above average and an inch higher than the June 1, 2016 level.