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GREEN BAY, Wis. — A handful of stores in Upper Midwestern states are slated to close after general merchandise retailer Shopko announced it has filed voluntary petitions for financial restructuring under the Chapter 11 bankruptcy code.
GORDON, Wis. — A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who had been missing since October has been found alive in rural Douglas County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, Jan. 10, authorities said.
ST. PAUL - More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota combined to make 2,757 arrests for drunken driving during a holiday enforcement campaign, an increase of nearly 4 percent from 2,656 a year ago. During the Nov. 21-Dec. 29 campaign, 15 drivers were reported to have a blood-alcohol content level of .30 or higher, the highest being .424 reported by University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) police, the Department of Public Safety said. Among the arrests:
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson on Tuesday, Dec. 11 brought a lawsuit against a Virginia-based tax settlement company, alleging the group broke state consumer protection laws. The company, Wall and Associates, Inc., didn't register in the state and collected from customers before fully delivering services, the lawsuit alleges. Minnesota law requires tax debt settlement groups to file with the state and to fully deliver services before collecting payment.
ST. PAUL - Three Minnesota State Patrol troopers followed the agency's pursuit procedures during a high-speed chase last June that resulted in two children being struck by the suspect's vehicle, a review board said Tuesday, Dec. 4. The chase through residential areas of north Minneapolis lasted 6 minutes and 45 seconds, reaching speeds of more than 80 mph. The suspect, Kabaar Powell, caught the attention of Trooper Albert Kuehne for speeding, seat belt violation and a possible registration violation, the State Patrol's Critical Incident Review Board said.
HAGER CITY, Wis. - Authorities on Monday identified the Red Wing, Minn., man killed in a two-vehicle crash in rural Hager City. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said 42-year-old Matthew Parker died in the crash, reported at 12:13 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23. He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Pierce County medical examiner.
RAYMOND, Minn. – The driver of a semi hauling sugar beets died Monday evening, Oct. 22, in collision with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near Raymond in west-central Minnesota.. Daniel Roy Schmidt, 79, was pulling a trailer with the sugar beets traveling south on the Kandi-Chippewa Line near U.S. Highway 23, according to a news release from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office. The truck was struck by the train shortly after 6 p.m.
ST. PAUL — An experienced political reporter who grew up in Minnesota has been selected as the Forum News Service’s state government reporter. Dana Ferguson, who has covered South Dakota politics for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader during the past three legislative sessions, will join Forum News Service beginning Nov. 1.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota has the lowest adult obesity rate among Upper Midwest states despite an increase of 0.7 percent from 2016 to 2017. Iowa has the highest percentage at 36.4 percent, followed by North Dakota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. Minnesota's adult obesity rate of 28.4 percent also ranks the lowest amongst 12 Midwest states, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a news release.
ST. PAUL — Taco runs and ventilating your car are no excuse for speeding, state regulators say, but law enforcement officials report those are among the reasons for blowing past speed limit signs during Minnesota’s latest speeding campaign. From July 6-22, speeders were issued 14,661 citations for unsafe speeds across the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. That figure is down from 16,580 in the 2017 speed enforcement campaign, but above the previous five-year average of 16,109.