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A Woodbury, Minn., angler owns a state record when his 45¼- inch northern pike he caught on the Rainy River earlier this year bested a fish caught just a month ago on Mille Lacs Lake. Matthew Swanson's record fish surpasses the first-ever record set in early October, when Maddy Ogg caught and released a 43-½ inch pike from Mille Lacs; however, Swanson reeled in his pike five months earlier, in May. The Department of Natural Resources received Swanson’s application on Oct. 29 and certified the fish soon after.
AITKIN, Minn. -- A 56-year-old man died over the weekend following a gunshot wound while deer hunting in Aitkin County in north-central Minnesota.. The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office reported the man was hunting with family on family-owned land about 6 miles northeast of McGrath. The 911 calls were received by the sheriff's office at 12:59 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17..
BISMARCK - About 57 percent of eligible voters in North Dakota cast a ballot earlier this month, representing the highest turnout rate in a midterm election here since 1986, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Monday, Nov. 19. According to data published on the secretary of state's website, 330,598 of an estimated 579,621 eligible voters cast a ballot during the midterm, which traditionally have lower turnout than presidential elections.
DORAN, Minn. -- A 20-year-old Breckenridge man was killed when he lost control of his vehicle and struck the side of a train south of Doran early Thursday, Nov. 15. The Minnesota State Patrol said a southbound Suburban was traveling on Highway 9 and went off the road, striking the side of a southbound train. The man's name has not yet been released. The collision occurred at around 8:50 a.m. The crash scene was about 10 miles southeast of Wahpeton, N.D. and Breckenridge.
AUDUBON, Minn. -- Law enforcement officers were on the scene late into the night on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the scene of a shooting at a home in the small town of Audubon in northwest Minnesota in the afternoon. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was with the Becker County Sheriff’s Department investigating the scene where one person was reportedly shot and another was arrested and taken into custody.
FARGO — Stephanie J. Knuttila pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Cass County District Court to one count of theft by deception for stealing more than $50,000 from the company she worked for in West Fargo. Based on a recommendation from prosecutors, Judge Susan Bailey imposed no jail time, but placed Knuttila on supervised probation for five years and ordered her to pay restitution of about $82,000.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A driver was killed in a rollover crash on U.S. Highway 59 over the weekend, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The crash happened about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, south of Wheeler Lake Road and north of Detroit Lakes in Becker County.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Brainerd International Raceway owner Jed Copham died Sunday, Nov. 11, as a result of a swimming accident off the west coast of Florida. He was 46. Copham was swimming from his parents’ boat Sunday afternoon near Punta Rassa, just south of Fort Myers, when he went missing. Search and rescue teams temporarily suspended their efforts to find Copham Sunday night after he went overboard, and found his body Monday morning.
ST.CLOUD, Minn. -- Two teenagers were critically injured, and four others were also hurt, in an apparent underage alcohol-related crash near this east-central Minnesota town late Saturday night, Nov. 10. The accident occurred about 11:20 p.m. when a pickup driven by Zachary Klaphake, 17, of Avon, went off a rural road near St Anthony and hit a large tree head-on with five other teenagers inside, according to Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson.
RAYMOND, Minn. – A 31-year-old man died Friday morning, Nov. 9, at a worksite southwest of Willmar in central Minnesota. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, a call of an unresponsive male was received around 11:46 a.m. The man had been working for a construction company installing tile in a field. The Sheriff’s Office reported the man might have been pinned between heavy equipment. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.