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BARNESVILLE, Minn. — A woman escaped serious injury Wednesday, April 17, about noon when a wild turkey crashed through the windshield of her SUV on Interstate 94 about two miles east of Barnesville. The bird hit the windshield right in front of the driver, but the Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow reported that Nicole Clayton, 47, of Fergus Falls had only minor cuts from the windshield glass. The turkey ended up inside the vehicle and died, Grabow said. He didn't know how fast the woman was driving when the incident occurred.
GRAND FORKS - Don't buy a car from Auto Recovery Brokers in Grand Forks, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota advises. The auto dealer says it is in Grand Forks, but there is no licensed auto dealer in the state by this name, the BBB said in a release. Consumers submitted more than 200 complaints about Auto Recovery Brokers, Duluth Motors Transport and Tralaway International, the release said.
OSAKIS, Minn. - U.S. soldiers serving overseas frequently find themselves working in all types of weather conditions. Spending so much time outdoors often wreaks havoc on their face and lips. The Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers came to their rescue in March by donating soy-based lip balm to soldiers in Iraq.
ST. PAUL — A former Little Falls credit union CEO pleaded guilty to stealing at least $2.5 million following a five-year fraud investigation by the FBI. Margurite Mary Cofell, former president/manager/CEO of the St. Francis Campus Credit Union in Little Falls, appeared at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on a criminal charge of felony credit union fraud, where she entered her guilty plea. Her next court hearing has not yet been set.
FARGO — The buyer of a North Dakota Powerball ticket worth $100,000 still hasn't claimed their prize from the Oct. 24, 2018, drawing — and their time is running out. The North Dakota Lottery says the winner has until Monday, April 22, to claim their prize before the ticket expires. The winning ticket was sold between Oct. 21 and 24 at the Holiday Stationstore at 2755 Brandt Drive S. in south Fargo.
Outdoor recreationists who hunt, shoot, fish and boat are providing more than $1 billion this year to support increased outdoor access and wildlife habitat conservation across the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday, April 1. The Service is distributing the funds to all 50 states and U.S. territories. The funds are generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment and boat fuel.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — Montevideo and Granite Falls are staying ahead of the fast-rising Minnesota River as it reaches its crest. Waters on the Minnesota River were expected to crest at 21.3 feet at the end of the day Friday, March 29, in Montevideo, below the 23.9 foot record crest of 1969. “We’re in good shape,’’ said Mayor Jim Curtiss on Friday afternoon with river levels just under the crest.
MADISON, Minn. — Lac qui Parle County Sheriff Allan Anderson is offering a tip of the hat to two sheriff’s deputies who rescued a man and woman who were stranded in floodwaters after driving around a road closed barricade at 3:49 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. Sgts. Brian Benck and Cole Weick donned cold water rescue suits and used rapid water deployment tactics to rescue the stranded motorists.
GRAND FORKS - With spring flood conditions approaching, an app and website is available for people to post reports and share photos of snowpack, ice jams, overland flooding and similar events in the Red River Basin.