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Valve Hole Set Off Wisconsin Refinery Blast, Fire

A hole in a valve was the source of an April explosion at a Husky Energy refinery in northwestern Wisconsin that injured 36 people and required the evacuation of a large part of the city of Superior, according to findings …

Ex-Minnesota Grain Elevator Manager Charged With Mail Fraud, Stole $5M

The former manager of a western Minnesota grain elevator who disappeared after allegedly stealing nearly $5 million is charged in federal court with mail fraud. Jerry Hennessey, 56, of Dalton surrendered and made his initial court appearance Tuesday, according to …

Illinois Doctor Convicted of Billing Insurers for Treatment Never Performed

A federal jury has convicted a Chicago doctor on fraud charges for billing insurance companies for purported chiropractic manipulations that were never performed, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois reported. Dr. Paul Madison, an anesthesiologist and …

Rare December Tornadoes in the Central U.S. Leave 1 Dead

Residents in central Illinois on Sunday assessed the damage after rare December tornadoes, including one the day before that was a half-mile-wide, ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people. The severe weather in Illinois …

Lawsuit Alleges Drill Bit Left During Repair Caused Cessna Crash

A drill bit left during repair of a single-engine Cessna aircraft is responsible for a 2015 crash in Arkansas that caused minor injuries to the pilot and destroyed the new $712,290 aircraft, a federal lawsuit alleged. The complaint filed Friday …

Evidence Issue for Woman Suing Over North Dakota Protest Injury

A New York City woman who suffered a severe arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota two years ago is suing law enforcement even though she does not yet have evidence that might help her …

Study Examines Minnesota Landslides

A study has determined that nearly 500 landslides have happened in the Mankato, Minnesota, area in recent years. Minnesota State University Earth Science Programs Director Phillip Larson with the help of students mapped out the area’s ravines, bluffs, nooks and …

Duck Boat Owner Settles With Missouri Family Over Deadly Accident

The company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake in the summer, killing 17 people, has settled the first of several lawsuits filed in the accident. William Bright, 65, and his 63-year-old wife, Janice, of Higginsville, …

Deadly Indiana Bus Stop Crash Highlights Daily Road Safety Issue

A fatal accident in northern Indiana that claimed the lives of three children attempting to board a school bus has been a wake-up call to Hoosier school districts, including those in rural areas, which are doubling up on safety awareness. …

Historic Iowa Building to be Demolished, Rebuilt After Fire

A 122-year-old building in southeast Iowa that was damaged by a fire last summer will be torn down, its owner said, citing the high cost of preserving the charred structure. The Burlington City Council learned of the plan to demolish …

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