Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson picked up the intensity in a debate Wednesday before a northwestern Minnesota crowd, arguing about taxes, an oil pipeline and economic growth. Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet also took part in the 90-minute event — the second of five scheduled debates.
If you talk to Adam Thielen’s high school football coach about his first NFL player, you can’t talk about just football.
Authorities in northwestern Minnesota say a North Dakota man has died in an apparent accidental shooting. Becker County authorities responded Thursday night to a call of a shooting near Floyd Lake. Deputies were told that two people were handling a .38 special handgun when it fired.
Tom Hanson started Zorbaz 45 years ago when he bought a failed candy shop on the north shore of Detroit Lake. “I was a school teacher, and nothing to do in the summer time, and because I learned how to drink beer and eat pizza in college, I thought I was qualified,” Hanson said.
Get out of town for a long weekend this Memorial Day.
Hotel chains provide a lot of options for those vacationing in Minnesota, but many people prefer the Northwoods-style lodges with unique local features.
There are 56 high school football teams still playing in Minnesota, and all of them will be in action between Thursday and Saturday night as the state playoffs get underway at various sites.
The driver of a car reported stolen in Fergus Falls is dead after crashing during a police chase in western Minnesota. A Becker County sheriff’s officer spotted the car early Friday and started to chase it.
With high temperatures and drought conditions in parts of the state, fire officials are warning about the risk of wildfires and urging people to be careful in dry areas. Tom Fasteland is a coordinator with the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids. He says part of the state is still covered with green vegetation, which reduces the risk of fire, but the landscape can change quickly in a heat wave. He says people should be careful in recreational parts of the state. He says areas around Bemidji, Detroit Lakes and Cass Lake are dry, and in parts of northern and central Minnesota the fire-danger rating is “high” or “very high.”
An early Wednesday morning roll-over crash in Detroit Lakes claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy, according to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office.
Everything on Friday was the usual for Adam Thielen. He donned purple football gear and went out to practice on the very field – the Minnesota State University, Mankato – where he’d spent the last five years solidifying himself as one of the best Maverick wideouts ever. The one difference on Friday was, this time he did it as a pro.
Authorities say an 86-year-old woman was killed in a crash involving a semi-truck in Becker County. The crash happened along Highway 10 on Thursday afternoon at about 2 p.m.
Former Minnesota Rep. Arlan Stangeland has died. He was 83. Dobmeier Funeral Home in Barnesville is in charge of arrangements. The funeral home’s director said Stangeland died Tuesday at a Detroit Lakes hospital after a sudden illness.
Detroit Lakes-native Adam Thielen put on quite a show during Vikings mini-camp last week. He had a magical fall while playing at Minnesota State Mankato. While the coach was on leave, the team rallied and ran the table in the conference before losing in the NCAA playoffs. “Most fun year I ever had. To be able to focus on just football and come together as a team and just really play our hearts out and give it all we got,” Thielen said.
The Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Minnesota is celebrating the opening of a new section of the North Country National Scenic Trail. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service marked the occasion with a two-day celebration this past weekend that welcomed hikers to learn more about the trail through guided walks, lectures and photo sessions.