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Washington County Board primary races: Karwoski, Ohs lead in D2; It's Johnson, Swenson in D4

Stan Karwoski and Julie Ohs pulled away from Joe Delaney Tuesday in the Washington County Board District 2 primary race, while five candidates vying for a spot on the ballot ...
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It's Fasbender, Elling Schultz in Hastings mayoral primary

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Voters advanced Mary Fasbender and Danna Elling Schultz as the two mayoral candidates in Tuesday’s primary election. With all precincts reporting, Fasbender came in with 56 percent of the votes ...
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Charge: Minnesota baby dies after abuse; father looked on Google for excuses

Booking photo of Michael Anthony Herkal, 32, of Apple Valley, who is charged with first-degree assault against his infant son. (Courtesy of the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office)
An infant boy has died two days after his Apple Valley father was arrested on suspicion of child abuse. Michael Anthony Herkal, 32, told police his 2-year-old son had twice ...
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Why hiker's rash happens, and how to make it less likely

Jen Theisen pauses in a hike through Cascade River State Park. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com1 / 4
Jen Theisen hikes a trail in Cascade River State Park in late July. Theisen occasionally suffers from exercise-induced vasculitis, commonly called hiker’s rash, a harmless but painful condition marked by lesions and spots on legs, swelling, and intense itching, stinging, pain, or burning. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com2 / 4
Jen Theisen soaks her legs during a recent hike on the Superior Hiking Trail. Dipping them in cold water seems to help her hiker’s rash. Medical authorities believe hiker’s rash occurs when temperature regulation mechanisms within leg muscles break down, leading to reduced blood flow. Photo courtesy of Jen Theisen3 / 4
A case of hiker’s rash on Jen Theisen’s lower right leg. Photo courtesy of Jen Theisen4 / 4
Jen Theisen was at the 10-mile mark of a 16-mile July hike at Afton State Park southeast of St. Paul when it happened. "My lower legs felt a little prickly," ...
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Air quality alert: Smoke from Canada wildfires spreading across Minn.

MPCA graphic via https://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/current-air-quality
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued a statewide air quality alert due to smoke spreading across northern Minnesota Friday, Aug. 10, and southern Minnesota on Saturday, Aug. 11.
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Changes made at Zumbrota campground as outbreak investigation continues

As the investigation continues into an outbreak of a waterborne illness this summer at a Zumbrota campground, state health officials have been working with the business owner to reduce the ...
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One in custody after report of firearm discharge in Denmark Township

DENMARK TOWNSHIP — A suspect was taken into custody Thursday evening after a reported firearm discharge in the 1400 block of 70th Street South. Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded 4:02 ...
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Update: Motorcycle passenger dies in 3-vehicle crash at highways 316 and 61

A motorcycle passenger was killed and its driver seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash Wednesday night, Aug. 8, 2018, at the intersection of Highway 316 and Highway 61 in Welch Township.
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Mississippi fuel leak reaches Cottage Grove, Grey Cloud

The Mississippi River, near Grey Cloud Island Township. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia file photo
MISSISSIPPI RIVER — An early-morning oil spill in South St. Paul has spread as far south as Grey Cloud Island. Union Pacific spokeswoman Kristen South said a train derailed around ...
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Dakota County Fair in full swing. Here's the schedule for the rest of the week

The Dakota County Fair runs through Aug. 12 in Farmington. Kara Hildreth / Contributor1 / 3
The Dakota County Fair runs through Aug. 12 in Farmington. Kara Hildreth / Contributor2 / 3
The Dakota County Fair runs through Aug. 12 in Farmington. Kara Hildreth / Contributor3 / 3
The Dakota County Fair runs Aug. 6-12 in Farmington. Still on deck for the festivities are: Bulls and Barrels, 7 p.m. Wednesday Demolition derby, 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday Bank robbery re-enactment, ...
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