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BEMIDJI, Minn. — Deer hunters will have more options this season, thanks to a rebounding population, officials said. According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, "favorable" winter weathers and previously conservative hunting regulations have led to stable and growing deer populations around the state. The DNR will allow hunters to use bonus permits to harvest more than one deer in more areas than in previous years; fewer areas will require hunters to apply in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer.
WEST NEWTON, Minn. -- A human leg was found by a resident on the Mississippi River in West Newton on July 14, according to a news release from the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office. The resident was cleaning out a debris pile 20 feet from the shore when the person spotted a shoe and a human leg, femur down to foot, in the pile of debris. There were no other human remains located at that time. West Newton is about 40 miles southeast of Red Wing. The incident is under investigation and more information will follow pending a report from the Medical Examiner’s office.
DULUTH—Enbridge Energy is giving landowners more time to decide if they want the old Line 3 oil pipeline removed from their property after regulators approved a replacement for the aging pipeline last month. The Calgary-based company filed proposals to comply with conditions set on the certificate of need and route permit set by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which approved the approximately 340-mile pipeline that will stretch across northern Minnesota to connect Alberta with Superior, Wis.
DULUTH -- Lightning struck a Duluth church early Thursday morning, July 12, and that is believed to have caused about $75,000 in fire and water damage. The Duluth Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at Christ Lutheran Church where crews found heavy fire around a cross cupola structure on the roof of the church, authorities said.
HAGER CITY, Wis --- Life-saving efforts by a Hager City mother and emergency responders were too late to save a boy who drowned last week in a Pierce County swimming pool. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said 3-year-old Ryker B. Tipton died Friday, July 6, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester after he was pulled from a pool the previous night by his mother, Ashlee Peterson. Hager City is across the Mississippi River from Red Wing, Minn.
MINNEAPOLIS—The final grants, coming from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee's legacy fund of almost $77,000, were awarded to 52 organizations. The Legacy Fund invested more than $5.5 million to communities across the state in the 52 weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII last February at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The final dividend grants, at $1,475 each, will be used to supplement previous grants to those 52 organizations by the host committee.
HAWICK, Minn. – Two people were killed late Saturday morning, July 7, in a crash involving a car and several motorcycles on Highway 23 northeast of Hawick in central Minnesota. According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol, a Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by a 21-year-old Bricelyn woman, made a left turn in front of three Harley Davidson motorcycles.
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.