Minnesota News

Thousands of Acres of Crops Destroyed by Hail Storm

MINNEAPOLIS — Agricultural experts have been tallying the crop damage caused by last weekend’s storm that packed 50 mph winds and baseball-sized hail in parts of Minnesota. The storm was a blow for farmers from Kandiyohi County to Nicollet County …

Minnesota Shuts Down Recycling Plant, Site of Massive Fire

MINNEAPOLIS — The state of Minnesota on Friday shut down a metal recycling company where a fire burned for days and sent up plumes of smoke. The state cited “imminent and substantial danger” to the public, the Star Tribune reported. …

Drunk Driving Cases at a 20-Year Low in Minnesota Last Year

The number of arrests and criminal convictions for drunken driving in Minnesota has dropped to the lowest level in 20 years. Authorities credit changing attitudes about driving drunk and improved enforcement for the decline. About 25,700 people were arrested for …

Minnesota Flood Disaster Declaration Expanded

The federal government has expanded Minnesota’s flood disaster declaration to 24 more counties and two tribal governments. Last month President Barack Obama declared a disaster in eight Minnesota counties damaged by flooding, unleashing federal funds to help repair millions in …

Minnesota Communities Dealing with Rising Flood Damage Costs

Minnesota communities are trying to bounce back from last month’s flooding as damage estimates continue to rise. The state’s deputy director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Joe Kelly, said last month’s excessive rainfall led to a unique disaster. “It’s …

Unattended Cooking Leading Cause of Fatal Fires in Minnesota

Public safety officials in Minnesota say there’s been a significant spike in the number of people killed in kitchen fires. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says kitchen fires killed more people in 2013 than the previous seven years combined. …

Work Zone Safety Campaign Launched in Minnesota

Minnesota is launching a statewide campaign asking motorists to hang up their phones and pay attention in work zones. The campaign starts Monday and will continue through the construction season. It’s part of the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths effort promoting …

Minnesota Motorcycle Crashes Spike

The number of motorcycle fatalities and injuries have spiked in the past week in Minnesota. The Department of Public Safety says five people on motorcycles were killed in the past week and 28 others have been injured. The Star Tribune …

Minnesota Driver Was Distracted by Cell Phone in Fatal Crash

Prosecutors suspect a ringing cellphone distracted a 68-year-old Minnesota woman and caused her to fatally strike a South Dakota State athlete on a training run. Linda Gullickson of Albertville is charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 19-year-old …

Oil Transport Risk Highlights Need for Disaster Training Help

Trains have traveled through this part of Minnesota for just under 150 years, and as the small town of Staples grew around their tracks, railroads were virtually the only source of jobs for decades. “Four hundred men used to work …