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ST. PAUL—Tobacco use among Minnesota high school students increased for the first time in 17 years and state health officials attribute the rise to the popularity of e-cigarettes. The Minnesota Department of Health has now issued a health advisory regarding the latest evidence that early nicotine use increases the risks of addiction for youth now and later in life.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington, Minn., area is mourning the loss of a local businessman and hockey coach after an early Saturday morning, Sept. 8, hunting accident claimed the life of Jeffrey Dean Nickel at the Eagle Lake Wildlife Management Area southeast of Fulda, Minn.
SAGINAW, Minn. -- A St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office patrol sergeant was struck head-on by an alleged drunk driver late Tuesday, Sept. 11, an act a preliminary investigation shows may have been intentional. Nobody was injured and the 25-year-old Saginaw man was booked for DWI into the county jail, a sheriff’s office news release said on Wednesday. The sergeant was patrolling Industrial Township north of Saginaw on county Highway 8 near Minnesota Highway 33 around 11:45 p.m. when he noticed a vehicle traveling in his direction — on his side of the road.
MOORHEAD — A Sanford Medical Center nurse has been suspended after being charged with stealing prescription drugs from a home in Moorhead. Lisa A. Skalicky, 45, of Fargo, is charged with one felony count of second-degree burglary, Clay County District Court records show. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, a Sanford Medical Center spokesperson said Skalicky has been suspended from her position at the hospital.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state health officials are trying to find out more information about two dead bats that tested positive for rabies that were dropped off at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center last week. The Minnesota Department of Health said on Tuesday, Sept. 11, an unidentified woman left the bats at the center. The health department is trying to determine if the woman or anyone else had been exposed to the bats while they were alive, a news release said.
ST. PAUL -- Explore Minnesota has launched its annual fall color map and Clay and Norman counties in northwestern Minnesota are among a few small pockets leading the march toward autumn hues. "Scenic road trips, harvest season, festivals and outdoor recreation make fall the second-biggest travel season. Minnesota is a top destination to experience the fall colors at parks and trails across the state," said Explore Minnesota director John Edman in a news release. "With weekly statewide fall color reports, we're able to help travelers make the most of this special season."
FARGO — A Fargo man will spend more than a decade behind bars for possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Damian Scott Olvera, 26, was sentenced in federal court on Monday, Sept. 10, to 15 years in prison on charges of possession of materials containing child pornography and receipt of materials containing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Olvera will be under supervised release for 15 years following his prison sentence. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office news release:
FARGO — The noxious weed palmer amaranth is suspected in fields in McIntosh County, near the site where the weed was discovered in August in south-central North Dakota. North Dakota State University Extension, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and others scouted and destroyed the plants from the fields and will continue to monitor the area. The state is awaiting DNA test results to confirm whether the weeds are palmer amaranth.
FARGO — Minnesota ranked third and North Dakota fourth in WalletHub's 2018 Happiest States in America report. To determine where Americans are happiest, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 31 indicators. The data set includes emotional health, job satisfaction, income growth and safety. The top 10 happiest states are • Hawaii • Utah • Minnesota • North Dakota • California • Idaho • Maryland • Iowa • South Dakota • Nebraska
BISMARCK – North Dakota businesses will transform the state Capitol into a shopping mall for locally made products on Thursday, Sept. 13, during the annual Pride of Dakota Day.