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BRITTON, S.D. -- TransCanada Corp has shut down part of its Keystone pipeline after an estimated 210,000 gallons, or 5,000 barrels, of oil leaked in far northeast South Dakota early Thursday morning, Nov. 16. The company said the spill occurred on private agricultural land near Amherst and Britton, S.D., which is about 35 miles northeast of Aberdeen and about 20 miles south of the North Dakota border.
DULUTH, Minn -- Authorities on Thursday pulled a dead body from a storm sewer in Canal Park along Lake Superior. Duluth police said the body was discovered around 1 p.m. by public works employees who were conducting routine maintenance at a public restroom facility. Lt. Dan Chicos said the body was decomposed and would be sent to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in the Twin Cities for an autopsy to determine the identity and cause of death.
ST. PAUL -- A 13-year-old girl called 911 this week to report she got out of her mother’s vehicle and was scared because the woman was driving drunk, according to St. Paul police. Officers found Kristin Rae Clouse on Wednesday about noon. Her eyes were watery, her speech slurred, and her breath smelled of alcohol, according to a complaint filed in the Ramsey County District Court.
WASECA, Minn. -- Thousands of carp died last month in Waseca County’s Lake Elysian because of a virus likely introduced by the release or escape of a pet goldfish or ornamental koi. The University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources determined koi herpesvirus was the main cause of the late June fish kill in southern Minnesota. It was the first documented case of the virus in a wild fish population.
EDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Only about 5,500 of the 40,000 mink that were let loose from a mink farm in central Minnesota have been recovered as of late Tuesday afternoon; however, 90 percent of those are dead, officials said. Stearns County Chief Deputy Jon Lentz said experienced mink handlers are using fishing nets to try to catch the minks that seemed to scatter "everywhere" from the Lang Farms LLC about 2½ miles northwest of Eden Valley, next to a grassy wildlife management area.
EDEN VALLEY, Minn.—Anywhere from 30,000 to 40,000 mink are on the loose in Stearns County in central Minnesota after burglars entered a mink farm, cut a fence and opened cages to let them free. The incident happened sometime between 10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, and 5:30 a.m. Monday, July 17, on Lang Farms LLC about 2.5 miles northwest of Eden Valley. That's about 30 miles southwest of St. Cloud.
WEBSTER, S.D. -- Two northeast South Dakota men will lose their hunting privileges for three years and pay restitution of $10,850 for shooting and killing more than 200 pelicans and double-crested cormorants in the spring of last year on small lake in Day County. The two were convicted in federal court of taking, killing and possessing migratory birds. Brant Nelson, 66 and Kirk Nelson, 63, were also sentenced to 36 months of probation.
ST. PAUL -- Crews searched by boat and by air Monday for a man who ran toward a Mississippi River bluff after St. Paul officers pulled him over, according to the police department. Later on Monday, a body was found in the river, near the Ford Dam, but officials cautioned that it was too soon to say if the body was that of the fleeing motorist.
ST. PAUL -- Two men jumped into the giraffe exhibit at St. Paul’s Como Zoo over the weekend, startling the animals and causing them to run to the other side of the enclosure, but not injuring them, according to police. Police noted that the men, who are both 23, smelled of alcohol and were leaning up against the exhibit’s rail for support when they spoke with an officer, according to Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman.
HINCKLEY, Minn. -- Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating two 17-year-old girls who allegedly were involved in stabbing a man on Wednesday in Hinckley. The Pine County sheriff’s office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported Friday that they are trying to locate Aseil Cynthia-Salema Abuhamed and Tayah Valorios Thomas.