Minnesota News

Multiple Agencies Fight Large Grain Elevator Fire in Clinton

CLINTON, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters from multiple agencies battled a large fire at a grain elevator in small western Minnesota city where some residents were evacuated. According to Big Stone County Sheriff Mark Brown, crews were called shortly before 11 …

Consortium, Loan Announced for Fargo Flood Project

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A $2.75 billion project aimed at protecting Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, from chronic flooding gained ground Friday with the acceptance of a massive federal loan and the pick of a international consortium to build a key …

Train Derailment Prompts Evacuation of Iowa Town; 2nd Crash in Minn. Under Investigation

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) — Thick black smoke billowed into the air Sunday after a train derailed in northwest Iowa, prompting authorities to evacuate part of a small, nearby town. It was the second derailment involving a Union Pacific train last …

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 …