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BEMIDJI - Officials confirmed Wednesday evening that a tornado with 90 to 100 mph winds touched down in Bemidji earlier in the day. The EF1 tornado caused severe damage in certain areas of Bemidji, but reports of damage from the storm were reported around southern Beltrami County.
OLIVIA, Minn.—A 16-year-old driver was had to climb to safety after the car he was driving plunged into a crevasse after heavy rains washed out a road south-central Minnesota. The driver was wearing his seatbelt and the driver's airbag deployed as the vehicle stood nearly vertical in the gap left by the washed out culvert on a township road. The driver was able to escape on his own by crawling out of a rear door on the 2002 Buick Park Avenue, according to Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable.
ST. PAUL -- The Fourth of July is statistically one of the worst holidays of the year for drunk driving in Minnesota, figures for the past five years show. Law enforcement has made an average of 3.9 arrests per hour for driving while intoxicated, 2013-2017 statistics from the Minnesota Department Public Safety show. Labor Day and St. Patrick’s Day follow at 3.8 per hour.
MAPLETON, N.D. – Authorities have identified 13 people involved in a serious crash involving a van full of girls basketball players and another car Thursday night, June 28, south of Mapleton. The crash happened at 8:41 p.m. on Cass County Road 15 and 42nd Street SE, approximately four miles west of West Fargo, according to a news release.
GLYNDON, Minn. – A popular swimming area at Buffalo River State Park in northwest Minnesota east of Moorhead is closed as officers investigate the drowning of a juvenile. Emergency responders were called to the swimming area around 4:05 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, on a report of a person there who was unconscious and not breathing.
AITKIN, Minn.—A 62-year-old Deerwood man accused of backing over a northern Minnesota woman in 2016, causing her death, was acquitted. Timothy Paul Kostal was charged in Aitkin County District Court with two misdemeanors of careless driving and for backing up on a roadway on June 10, 2016, the day of the fatal incident. Margaret Ann Johnson, 85, of Aitkin, was found dead on the shoulder of Highway 47 about 3.5 miles east of Aitkin. She was found near the end of her driveway by her mailbox.
The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office reported that 62-year-old Michael James Sanders was driving the wrong way at a high-rate of speed when he collided with another vehicle along State Highway 35 in the Town of Swiss at 8:14 p.m.
DULUTH -- Families crossing the American border illegally will be kept together, but President Donald Trump promises to remain tough on immigration. In front of 9,000 people in Duluth, the Republican president said American businesses need immigrants.
DULUTH—On a day when weather didn’t make headlines at Grandma’s Marathon, it was the winners who were in the spotlight at Minnesota’s oldest marathon. Kenyan Elisha Barno became the first four-time men’s winner and American Kellyn Taylor smashed the women’s event record time Saturday in the 42nd annual 26.2-mile race from Two Harbors to Canal Park in Duluth. Barno, 32, who runs out of Santa Fe, N.M., reeled off the final 11 miles of the race by himself, crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 6 seconds.
REMER, Minn. -- Minnesota’s first all-female Bigfoot research team will visit Remer, Minn., July 7 for the town’s annual Bigfoot Days festival. The seven women who make up the SquatchHers group, formerly known as SHE-Squatchers, will hold one of their “Squatch Chats” during the event. They will also man a booth at the festival.