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Getting outdoors to hunt squirrels, rabbits and other small game is the focus of Minnesota's Take a Kid Hunting Weekend this Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23. During the weekend, adult Minnesota residents accompanied by a youth younger than age 16 can hunt small game without a license but must comply with open seasons, limits and other regulations, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
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.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a statement on Tuesday, Sept. 19, to remind residents that state law prohibits the placement of private signs of any kind on a highway right of way. “With political campaigns underway for November elections, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds campaigners that state law prohibits placement of private signs of any kind,” the press release said.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- An 87-year-old Brainerd man is dead following a crash south of Brainerd between the all-terrain vehicle he was driving and a minivan Tuesday, Sept. 11. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash at 2:33 p.m. on the 11000 block of County Highway 45 in St. Mathias Township. According to a sheriff’s sergeant, the driver of the side-by-side ATV, identified as Wayne Thiesse, apparently attempted to cross the road and was struck by a southbound minivan, driven by Troy Hanson, 54, of St. Cloud.
ST. PAUL—Tobacco use among Minnesota high school students increased for the first time in 17 years and state health officials attribute the rise to the popularity of e-cigarettes. The Minnesota Department of Health has now issued a health advisory regarding the latest evidence that early nicotine use increases the risks of addiction for youth now and later in life.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington, Minn., area is mourning the loss of a local businessman and hockey coach after an early Saturday morning, Sept. 8, hunting accident claimed the life of Jeffrey Dean Nickel at the Eagle Lake Wildlife Management Area southeast of Fulda, Minn.
ST. PAUL -- Explore Minnesota has launched its annual fall color map and Clay and Norman counties in northwestern Minnesota are among a few small pockets leading the march toward autumn hues. "Scenic road trips, harvest season, festivals and outdoor recreation make fall the second-biggest travel season. Minnesota is a top destination to experience the fall colors at parks and trails across the state," said Explore Minnesota director John Edman in a news release. "With weekly statewide fall color reports, we're able to help travelers make the most of this special season."
FARGO — Minnesota ranked third and North Dakota fourth in WalletHub's 2018 Happiest States in America report. To determine where Americans are happiest, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 31 indicators. The data set includes emotional health, job satisfaction, income growth and safety. The top 10 happiest states are • Hawaii • Utah • Minnesota • North Dakota • California • Idaho • Maryland • Iowa • South Dakota • Nebraska
BRAINERD, Minn.—A 28-year-old Brainerd man in is jail and faces child pornography charges after investigators received four tips from the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children. Dylan David LaPointe made his first appearance Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd. He was charged with five felonies, three for child porn and two for stalking an underage victim.
BISMARCK — A northeast North Dakota woman has died after falling ill to a rare disease that's spread by infected rodent droppings, urine and saliva, the state Department of Health said Monday, Aug. 27. The unidentified adult woman fell ill to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. People can be exposed to HPS by breathing air that's contaminated with the virus when fresh rodent droppings, urine or nesting materials are disturbed, but it's not transmitted from person to person.