Dry conditions continue to plague much of Minnesota, with seasonal rainfall far below normal. The problem is most severe in the northwestern part of the state, where farm fields are crying for much-needed moisture.
Norman County authorities say they believe the death of a hunter in northwestern Minnesota was an accident. The Norman County sheriff’s office got a call from the man’s family around 7:45 a.m. Saturday that he had not returned from hunting.
Otter Tail County authorities say a Dalton man has died after being pulled from Tenmile Lake in northwestern Minnesota. A statement from the sheriff’s office says family members found 62-year-old Douglas Koch in the lake near the dock of his property just before 9 p.m. Saturday. He was non-responsive and not breathing.
Authorities say a 91-year-old Sabin man has died after the vehicle he was riding in collided with a train in Clay County in northwestern Minnesota.
The State Patrol is warning drivers in northwestern Minnesota to stay home, and stay off the roads. Places along Interstate 29 have zero visibility Saturday night. Earlier Saturday, the State Patrol advised no travel near parts of Moorhead. Many cars and trucks have slid off the roadway.
The Department of Natural Resources is closing the wolf hunting season in northwestern Minnesota at the end of Friday’s hunting hours. The DNR reports that 86 wolves have been harvested so far in the northwest wolf zone, which is three wolves short of the harvest target number. The decision was made Thursday evening in anticipation of the target being met by late Friday.
Energy Partners says it’s investigating the cause of a crude oil leak at its pumping station in the northwestern Minnesota town of Viking.
Rain and snow have dampened wildfires in northwestern Minnesota. The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center says eight fires consumed more than 56 square miles of woods and grassland this week.
Firefighters from several departments are battling a large brush fire near Ulen in northwestern Minnesota.
More long-necked sandhill cranes may soon end up in hunters’ crosshairs if a bill makes its way through the Minnesota Legislature.