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ANNANDALE, Minn.—The Woodbury man who demolished the house of Jacob Wetterling's killer is giving the vacant lot to the city of Annandale. Developer Tim Thone said Tuesday, Feb. 7, that the city has agreed not to develop the quarter-acre lot for at least 10 years. Thone bought the house Dec. 16 for $58,000, including back taxes. He demolished the house on Dec. 23, with about $16,000 in donated help from local contractors. Thone hopes the donation of the land will help the Wetterling family — and the entire state — deal with the crime.
DEER RIVER, Minn. — A 22-year-old Remer, Minnesota, man was killed and a 19-year-old female passenger from Remer received non-life-threatening injuries in a Saturday night crash near here. The city is located in Itasca County east of Bemidji. A baby girl riding in the Chrysler Town and Country minivan was not injured. The man's name has not been released pending notification of relatives. The woman, Savannah Ellen Hinsz, was taken to Deer River Hospital. Deer River is about 15 miles west of Grand Rapids.
DULUTH — Supporters of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness protested in front of U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan's Duluth office Thursday, Feb. 2, against the congressman's support for copper mining near the federal wilderness. About 100 people packed the entryway outside the Technology Village downtown to voice their opposition to Nolan's pro-copper position. Nolan in recent weeks has urged the new Trump administration to overturn an 11th hour move by the Obama administration to ban minerals exploration in areas adjacent to the BWCAW.
BURNSVILLE, Minn.—The Minnesota State Patrol reported that a pedestrian was struck and killed Sunday night in Burnsville. A Dodge Ram heading west on Minnesota 13 struck and killed a man as he was running south across traffic near Washburn Avenue in Burnsville at 9:19 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The pedestrian was identified as Juan Morales-Castro, 45, of Burnsville. The driver of the truck was Shawn Jacob Notermann, 35, of Shakopee.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead police are trying to figure out who was the aggressor in a Saturday night stabbing that left a man injured. First responders were dispatched at 7:45 p.m. to the 1200 block of 15th Avenue North, where a 24-year-old man had multiple knife wounds in his chest and arm, according to police scanner discussions. The Moorhead Police Department in a news release described the man's injuries as "serious but non-life-threatening." The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital, the release stated.
UNDERWOOD, Minn.—A 13-month child is in critical condition after he was found unresponsive by his mother after an alleged assault to the child, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. Adam Sundby of Underwood, 30, has been arrested for first-degree assault and malicious punishment of a child. The child underwent immediate emergency surgery for a hemorrhage to his brain at Lake Region Healthcare and was then airlifted to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. He has not yet had his first appearance in Otter Tail County District Court.
Flu season has taken flight and officials are urging people to get vaccinated. Minnesota and Wisconsin health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot. The season can last through April, so getting a flu vaccine now will provide protection for the rest of the season. Weekly flu statistics by the Minnesota Department of Health show the state's flu status has been elevated from local to regional geographic spread. This means certain areas of the state have seen more flu outbreaks or increases in flu-like illness or lab-confirmed cases of flu.
SHERBURNE COUNTY, Minn. - Minnesota State Patrol have announced the details of a one-vehicle rollover crash in Sherburne County that sent two senior citizens to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. According to patrol records, Daniel Schyma, 75, was driving a Toyota Avalon with Doris Schyma, 74, riding with him as they traveled south on Highway 25 through Clear Lake Township. At the intersection with Highway 10, Schyma missed the stop sign in the fog.
OTSEGO, Minn.—Three students were injured when a pickup driver passed through a school bus stop sign Thursday morning, Jan. 19, and struck them in this north Twin Cities metro community, the Wright County Sheriff's Office said. Around 6:50 a.m., law enforcement and medical personnel responded to calls that several pedestrians were hit as they were about to load an Elk River School District bus.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A Garfield, Minn., snowmobile enthusiast was on his way to fulfilling a lifelong dream Sunday when things suddenly went very wrong north of Blackduck. According to his CaringBridge website, Brad Klinkner, his son Adam and a good friend were planning to fulfill Brad's dream of snowmobiling from the Iowa state line to the Canada border, and then across the entire state of Minnesota. The group reached the Bemidji area in northern Minnesota on Sunday.