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OLIVIA—A Redwood Falls man died Monday morning, Feb. 6, in a head-on crash with a semi truck on U.S. Highway 71, south of Olivia. The crash closed a stretch of the highway for several hours and rerouted traffic. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Todd Michael Serbus, 46, had been driving north on the highway, near Renville County Road 4. Shortly before 5:30 a.m., his GMC Sierra collided with a southbound 2009 Mack semi truck, driven by Daryl Eugene Erickson, 56, of Willmar.
DEER CREEK, Minn. — Three people, including a 2-year-old boy, were involved in a fatal head-on car crash Sunday afternoon near here in Otter Tail County. The victims were a 2-year-old boy and a 31-year-old woman, both from Wadena, and a 63-year-old woman from Parkers Prairie, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. When contacted late Sunday, the Minnesota State Patrol would not say if more than one of those victims was injured or died until the investigation was complete.
DEER RIVER, Minn. — A 22-year-old Remer, Minnesota, man was killed and a 19-year-old female passenger from Remer received non-life-threatening injuries in a Saturday night crash near here. A baby girl riding in the Chrysler Town and Country minivan was not injured. The man's name has not been released pending notification of relatives. The woman, Savannah Ellen Hinsz, was taken to Deer River Hospital. Deer River is about 15 miles west of Grand Rapids.
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks animal shelter went into lockdown Friday after receiving a phone call that threatened violence against its workers and animals, said Lauralee Tupa, executive director of the Circle of Friends Humane Society. The call came in about 2 p.m. Friday, and a male voice on the other end made the threat, Tupa said. The caller was upset about a pit bull the shelter had recently euthanized because it was aggressive toward people and had been deemed unadoptable, she said.
BISMARCK — Christopher D.Jones, a health care executive with 19 years of experience in the industry, has been tapped to lead the North Dakota Department of Human Services. Jones, who will begin Feb. 27, is the division senior vice president of strategy and business development for Catholic Health Initiatives. Gov. Doug Burgum announced the cabinet appointment on Friday, Feb. 3.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota lawmakers voted down a proposal to increase the speed limit on the state's highways Thursday, Feb. 2. House Bill 1184, introduced by Rep. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, would have increased the speed limit on paved, two-lane highways from 65 mph to 70 mph, bumped the limit on divided multi-lane highways from 70 mph to 75 mph, and raised the interstate speed limit from 75 mph to 80 mph. The bill failed with only six members of the House voting in its favor.
KILLDEER, N.D. -- A 51-year-old Dickinson man, the driver of a Freightliner box truck, was killed in a head-on collision with a Freightliner semi truck Wednesday, Feb. 1, along Highway 22, about 20 miles north of Killdeer in western North Dakota. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the 2017 box truck was southbound just after 8 a.m. when it crossed the center line and collided with the semi’s left front. The truck came to rest on the shoulder, partially in the southbound lane while the semi came to rest in the east ditch.
CASSELTON, N.D.—What a milestone for the little squirrels at Central Cass school. 100 days! Time flies. But at least one student went above and beyond to celebrate. In Heather Gleave's Central Cass kindergarten room, it was all about the 100th day of school on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Even the kids even felt like royalty. "I have your crowns ready for you," Gleave said. Some kids brought 100 skittles, others 100 rocks or even bandaids. In the halls, they were shooting for 100 acts of kindness.
WINNER, S.D. — A Winner woman faces a child abuse charge after law enforcement discovered bruises, bite marks and sores on a 18-month-old boy earlier this month. According to court documents, 41-year-old Cathy Joseph was charged with child abuse for allegedly striking and biting the child multiple times and failing to seek medical assistance after the boy drank from a dirty toilet.
BISMARCK — A health care executive with a clinical, business and technology background will serve as North Dakota's next state health officer, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Wednesday, Feb. 1. Mylynn Tufte will lead the North Dakota Department of Health and serve as a member of the governor's Cabinet. Turfte, currently a health care consultant for the Chicago office of Ernst & Young LLC, a global professional services firm, brings more than 20 years of experience in the health industry, the governor's office said. She starts in the position on Feb. 27.