The driver of an ATV is dead after a crash near Belgrade.  It happened Tuesday morning and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says 76-year-old Daniel Schwieters suffered a bad head injury when he was rear-ended by a SUV.  That happened at County Road 175 and 265th Street.

A proposal aimed at reducing the use of styrofoam is moving forward in Rochester.  KAAL-TV reports Councilwoman Annalissa Johnson’s proposal cleared the council by a five-to-one vote yesterday.  Styrofoam food containers couldn’t be served by vendors at city events if the proposal ultimately passes.  The council could vote on such a measure before November 4th.

Five pets are dead after a house fire late Wednesday afternoon in Hibbing.  Northland Fire Wire says it happened in the 17-hundred block of 1st Avenue around 5:25. No one was home when the fire started, but three dogs and two cats didn’t make it out alive.

The National Weather Service is confirming an EF-1 tornado hit southwest of Howard Lake during Monday night’s storms.  The NWS Twin Cities office says the twister was on the ground for one-point-one miles and had peak winds of 90 miles-an-hour.  The tornado was 90 yards wide.

Edina officials are urging people to stay out of Mirror Lake and keep their pets out of the water as well.  The warning is due to high levels of toxic blue-green algae found in water samples taken by the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District.  The toxin can kill pets and make people sick.

New felony armed burglary charges are faced by a Minneapolis man previously charged for an August 11 break-in during which he is accused of stealing cash and zip tying a teenager.  Prosecutors say the two new charges filed against Robert Buckingham are for incidents in June, with one at the same home as the August break-in.  In the other on June 26, Buckingham is accused of pointing a gun at a victim while punching him in the face.

Josh Gorham is no longer on the Duluth School Board due to frustrations he has over some issues.  He tells the New Tribune the board wasn’t working with purpose to achieve things like better student test scores along with higher graduation rates.  Gorham’s term didn’t run out until January 2022 and a special board meeting will be held Monday.

Four children are safe after their father is accused of kidnapping them from their mother’s apartment.  It all started in St. Cloud early yesterday morning when five people including the father entered the apartment with a gun and a Taser.  The suspect’s vehicle was found around 6:00 in the morning in Grand Rapids.  A fifth suspect is on the loose even though four were arrested.

A woman from west of Minneapolis is the victim of a bear attack in the Canadian province of Ontario.  The attack that killed Catherine Sweatt-Mueller of Maple Plain happened last Sunday on Red Pine Island.  Her dogs were barking and that eventually led to the attack against Sweatt-Mueller.

Governor Tim Walz is getting ready to deliver on an unusual campaign promise.  He vowed that if he won the election that he would get his son a dog.  The new family pet is expected to be introduced publicly today at the governor’s home.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged the ice arena next to Red Wing High School.  The blaze broke out yesterday afternoon at Prairie Island Arena inside the refrigeration room.  School District Superintendent Karsten Anderson says an electrical motor caught fire and repairs are underway.  No one was hurt.

A weekend resurfacing project could affect sports fans heading out to see the Twins, Loons and Vikings.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation will shut down eastbound I-94 through St. Paul’s Midway area tomorrow night to Monday morning.  The closure could cause some serious congestion on downtown Minneapolis streets, mainly Sunday afternoon when the Twins and Vikings crowds head home.  Travelers heading to the airport should also plan ahead.  I-494 will be closed in both directions tomorrow night through Monday between Highway 5 in Bloomington and I-35E in Mendota Heights.


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