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A wild deer shot Nov. 17 southeast Minnesota’s Houston County has been identified as presumptive positive for chronic wasting disease, the Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday, Dec. 5. Official confirmation will come later this week. The hunter has been notified, and the DNR is making arrangements to pick up the meat and carcass. It is the first detection of the neurological disease in Houston County since testing began in 2002.
DULUTH — Nearly three-dozen fishermen were rescued from an ice floe on Superior Bay Saturday Morning, Dec. 1. According to the Duluth Fire Department, 36 fishermen and their equipment were stranded on the ice around 10:40 a.m. when strong northeast winds caused the ice to break away from Park Point.
DULUTH — The body of a woman missing for over two weeks was found in Lake County Wednesday, Nov. 28. At about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Lake County Sheriff's Office located the body of Janeen Bauer Peters, 57, about 500 yards from her vehicle near County Highway 2 and south of Highway 1. Peters was last seen on Nov. 11.
BEMIDJI -- One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night in Bemidji. According to Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin, the shooting occurred just before 11 p.m. after a traffic stop at the intersection of 30th Street NW and Ridgeway Avenue.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — A Virginia police officer shot and killed a person Tuesday evening, Nov. 27, after responding to a report of suspicious activity.
A Woodbury, Minn., angler owns a state record when his 45¼- inch northern pike he caught on the Rainy River earlier this year bested a fish caught just a month ago on Mille Lacs Lake. Matthew Swanson's record fish surpasses the first-ever record set in early October, when Maddy Ogg caught and released a 43-½ inch pike from Mille Lacs; however, Swanson reeled in his pike five months earlier, in May. The Department of Natural Resources received Swanson’s application on Oct. 29 and certified the fish soon after.
AITKIN, Minn. -- A 56-year-old man died over the weekend following a gunshot wound while deer hunting in Aitkin County in north-central Minnesota.. The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office reported the man was hunting with family on family-owned land about 6 miles northeast of McGrath. The 911 calls were received by the sheriff's office at 12:59 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17..
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Brainerd International Raceway owner Jed Copham died Sunday, Nov. 11, as a result of a swimming accident off the west coast of Florida. He was 46. Copham was swimming from his parents’ boat Sunday afternoon near Punta Rassa, just south of Fort Myers, when he went missing. Search and rescue teams temporarily suspended their efforts to find Copham Sunday night after he went overboard, and found his body Monday morning.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A shoplifting suspect who was being chased by police reportedly jumped into the Red River to escape but was arrested a short time later. Moorhead police said Julian Dominic Pickett, 26, was in the Clay County Jail Monday evening, Nov. 12, facing a variety of possible charges ranging from theft to fleeing police. Police said officers chased Pickett near a Moorhead mall after reportedly stealing from a nearby business. However, once in the water, Pickett quickly turned around and went back to shore where officers took him into custody, Krone said.
FLOODWOOD, Minn. -- A 17-year-old Proctor girl died Saturday in a head-on collision near Floodwood in northeastern Minnesota. Just after 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Emma Faith Abernathy was a passenger in a Ford Focus heading west on U.S. Highway 2 east of Floodwood when the car crossed over the centerline, striking an eastbound Toyota Prius head-on, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The patrol said road conditions were snowy and icy at the time of the crash. Alcohol is not a factor.