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ST. PAUL -- More than 300 people have died on Minnesota roads so far this year, an increase over 2017 figures by Oct. 22, preliminary numbers released Monday by the state said. The Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety reported 302 deaths, which includes 195 vehicle occupants and 58 motorcyclists. Last year, traffic deaths in the state did not reach 300 until Oct. 31. Twenty-nine pedestrian deaths have been reported, matching 2017 figures to date, the DPS said.
BECKER, Minn. — A Minnesota man was killed after being struck by a vehicle Friday night, Oct. 19, in Becker. Francis Laverne Pittman, 66 of Big Lake, Minn., was killed after he was struck by a 1997 Honda Accord driven by Anastasia Rae Mattson, 23, of Brainerd, Minn. The crash occurred on Highway 10 in Becker around 7:30 p.m. Friday, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.
OLIVIA, Minn. -- One person was killed in a head-on crash at 10:35 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 71 in Renville County in central Minnesota, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. The identity of the victim and others involved in the accident will be released Saturday morning.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota District Court Judge Gregory Anderson issued a temporary restraining order and injunction Friday, Oct. 19, against Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening in a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota on an issue of jailing immigrants, an ACLU press release states
DULUTH, Minn.—Last week's storm caused $18.4 million in damage along Lake Superior, according to Duluth city officials. Now the city is seeking emergency aid from both the Minnesota Homeland Security Emergency Management department and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Wind gusts of 50 mph swept across the northeast Minnesota on Oct. 10 as the strong fall storm brought large waves and flooding along Lake Superior's shore, battering the Lakewalk trail system in Duluth.
MOORHEAD — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) concluded 39 enforcement cases in 26 counties throughout the state during the third quarter of 2018. Penalties from all 39 cases totaled more than $203,000. In addition to the 39 recently completed cases, the MPCA also has 37 ongoing enforcement investigations, 17 of which were opened as new cases during the third quarter of 2018. Not all investigations lead to fines or other official action. The following is a summary of coverage area cases completed during the third quarter of 2018:
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Two Goodridge, Minn., woman face serious prison time after being accused of bringing meth and marijuana into Pennington County. Drug task force agents said they found 44 grams of meth, almost 15 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a vehicle driven by Kristi Arlene Anderson, 60, according to court documents. Anderson and her passenger, Tammy Jean Hunt, 64, were arrested during the Oct. 5 traffic stop in Pennington County, the court documents said.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has confirmed the first cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease — known as EHD, for short — in Minnesota deer. Six of seven animals in a small herd of captive white-tailed deer in Goodhue County in southeast Minnesota died of the disease earlier this month. The remaining buck appears healthy at this time and is showing no clinical signs associated with the disease.
ST. JAMES, Minn. — A 35-year-old Wisconsin man was killed after he missed a lane change in a construction zone and collided head-on with another vehicle Wednesday night, Oct. 16, the Minnesota State Patrol said. According to the report, a 2004 Jeep Cherokee driven by Derek Arthur Anderson of Marinette, Wis., was traveling eastbound on Highway 60 when it entered a construction zone. His vehicle collided with a 2015 Jeep Cherokee driven by Lisa Jennie Brown, 44, of Sioux Falls, S.D.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota attorney general filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, Oct. 16, against three major U.S. manufacturers of insulin, allegeding them of deceptively raising the list prices of insulin and making it less affordable to patients in high deductible health plans, the uninsured and senior citizens on Medicare. “Insulin is a life-or-death drug for people with diabetes. Many people can’t afford the price hikes but can’t afford to stop taking the medication either,” Attorney General Lori Swanson said in a statement.