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CARLOS, Minn. — A Canadian Pacific train derailed near Carlos earlier this afternoon, Friday, March 1. The derailed south of Carlos, around 9 miles north of Alexandria in central Minnesota. About 10 cars were involved and no hazardous materials were on board. There were two crew members on the train when it derailed. Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office were on scene Friday afternoon helping with traffic control and authorities from CP Rail were on site as well. No further information was available at this time.
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service extended the deadline for farmers to file 2018 tax returns Thursday, Feb. 28. The IRS will waive the estimated tax penalty for farmers who file their federal income tax return and pay by April 15, according to a press release from the IRS. The original deadline was March 1. The new deadline offers farmers more time to determine their tax liability, which may be more difficult this year “due to certain rule changes,” the release said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tom Chorske learned to play hockey on Minneapolis’ Lake of the Isles, went on to win Minnesota’s inaugural Mr. Hockey award and hoist the Stanley Cup as a member of the New Jersey Devils. It’s only fitting he would return to the neighborhood where he played the game as a kid to set a world record. In November 2018, Chorske teamed up with Zach Lamppa of Detroit Lakes to set the Guinness record for world’s longest ice hockey pass. The idea started one year earlier when Lamppa and a friend were shooting pucks.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Crookston priest has been placed on administrative leave following an incident the Diocese of Crookston said was a “boundary issue.” The Rev. Pat Sullivan was placed on administrative leave Feb. 23 following a report involving a matter that was not sexual or criminal, a press release from the diocese said. The Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People recommended Sullivan undergo an assessment and inpatient treatment, the release said.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., was one of 13 Republicans to support a House of Representatives measure to block President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to get additional funding for a border wall. Democrats pushed for the measure, and the legislation passed 245-182 on Tuesday. Johnson said in a statement that he was primarily voting against the emergency nature of Trump’s request, and to fight back against expanding executive authority.
MILTONA, Minn. — The name of the man shot by officers in Miltona on Tuesday, Feb. 26, has been identified. Tyler Schmidtbauer, 27, died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds sustained during an interaction with law enforcement officers early Tuesday morning, said Erik Thorson, communications director for Anoka County. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office performed the preliminary autopsy. According to Thorson, Schmidtbauer was shot at approximately 5:30 a.m. and died a short time later, at approximately 5:45 a.m.
ZUMBROTA, Minn. — Zumbrota with no covered bridge? No way. That seems to be the sentiment after heavy snow proved too much for the historic Zumbrota Covered Bridge on Saturday, Feb 23. The roof collapsed, according to a social media post by Mayor Bradley Drenckhahn Sunday morning. “We’re in the process of stabilizing the bridge to prevent any further damage from snow and wind and we’ll be putting together a plan to repair and restore the bridge as we go along here,” City Administrator Neil Jensen said Tuesday between meetings about the bridge. “We’re going to fix it.”