Residents in parts of northern Minnesota are cleaning up Tuesday after severe storms swept through the area late Monday night. The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office said that the area of McGregor was hit hard, particularly the Eagle Point Camp Ground on Big Sandy Lake.
A former Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s deputy could face up to 33 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct charges involving young boys that he took on fishing trips. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Aaron Joseph Heuer of Isle, Minn. pleaded guilty in Otter Tail County District Court to four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, three people were killed in three separate crashes on wet and icy roads on Monday. The first report of a fatal crash was at 2:00 p.m., when a rollover occurred on northbound Highway 7 in Big Stone County in western Minnesota. A Mercury Grand Marquis went off the road and into a southbound ditch, and then rolled down a steep hill, eventually coming to a rest with the passenger side on the ground. The driver, 85-year-old Donavan Tesch of Clinton, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Big Stone County Sheriff’s office says roads were wet at the time of the accident.
The possibility of more precious metal mining proposals in northern Minnesota took another step forward on Friday after the state’s executive council approved 31 leases of state and private lands to three mining companies seeking exploration.
Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency in 26 counties after storms and flash flooding last month. The executive order will allow the state to call for federal disaster assistance in the areas hit hardest by storms.
Citizens in northeastern Minnesota plan to file a petition Tuesday objecting to the state’s plans to auction off more metallic minerals exploration leases, saying the potential for new prospecting and mining could have a significant impact on the environment.
Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in the Duluth area Tuesday assessing damage from the floods last week.
Heavy flood damage in northern Minnesota is keeping Jay Cooke State Park closed, the DNR says.
Among those waiting for floodwaters to drop are seven stranded campers.
Despite warnings about thin ice, 30 people had to be rescued off the North Shore of Lake Mille Lacs Wednesday night.
A supper club owner is charged in Aitkin County with starting the fire that destroyed the business.
A 66-year-old Grand Rapids man was killed in a head-on crash in Aitkin County Sunday morning.
Nearly 70 dogs were taken from their owners in Aitkin County last week and those dogs are now getting ready for new homes.