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Identity of Suspect Released in Fatal Standoff in Polk County

Officials say Huderle died of a gunshot wound, but have not determined if it was self-inflicted

  POLK COUNTY, Minn. — The name of the man involved in an officer involved shooting Monday in rural Polk County has been released. He is 73-year-old Clarence Huderle of Warren. Officials say Huderle died of a gunshot wound, but have not determined if it was self-inflicted. He allegedly fired two shots at a mail carrier Monday morning in Northland…

Gov. Dayton Issues His First Veto of 2017

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill earlier this month altering the Public Utilities Commission's responsibilities for electric co-ops

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Dayton has vetoed legislation that would have decreased the oversight of a state electric utility regulator. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill earlier this month altering the Public Utilities Commission’s responsibilities for electric co-ops. It would have given authority to handle disputes about fees for installing solar panels or wind generators to a third-party…

Moorhead Judge Loses Battle Over Retirement Age in Minnesota

A Ramsey County district court judge ruled that the Minnesota Constitution gives the legislature authority to impose the mandatory retirement

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Judge Galen Vaa of Moorhead has lost his legal challenge to a Minnesota law that forces judges to retire at the age of 70. Judge Vaa claims the mandatory retirement age for district court judges is discriminatory and unconstitutional. A Ramsey County district court judge ruled that the Minnesota Constitution gives the legislature authority to impose the…

Suspect Dead in Standoff in Polk County

While a deputy was investigating, he was confronted by a man with a rifle and called for backup

  POLK COUNTY, Minn. — A man is dead in Polk County after allegedly shooting at a mail carrier, setting off an hours-long standoff with multiple law enforcement agencies. The mail carrier reported hearing two gunshots around 11:20 this morning in Northland Township, about 30 miles north of Crookston. One of the bullets shattered the rear window of his vehicle….

Moorhead Man Cited for Showing BB Gun During Disturbance Call

Police responded to a handgun disturbance Sunday night that turned out to be a BB gun

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Moorhead police responded to a disturbance call allegedly involving a handgun early Sunday night. When police arrived, they found out it was actually a BB gun. “In this case, it was reported that there was a male outside waving around a black gun,” said Lt. Tory Jacobson with the Moorhead Police Department. At a first glance, a…

Dairy Queen Helps a Great Cause, One Free Cone at a Time

Dairy Cone Has It's Free Cone Day and collected donations for a cause

MOORHEAD, Minn. — When the words “free” and “ice cream” meet, you can bet you’ll find a line at Dairy Queen. The ice cream giant is celebrating the first day of spring with “Free Cone Day” across the nation. In exchange for a cone, locations are collecting donations for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The Dairy Queen on Main Avenue…

Minnesota Sober School Asking Lawmakers for Funding

It's one of only six so-called sober schools in the state

  WAITE PARK, Minn. — Leaders of a new school that helps students struggling with alcohol abuse are asking lawmakers for funding. Seven students have been treated so far at the McKinley Recovery School, which is in its first year in Waite Park, Minnesota. It’s one of only six so-called sober schools in the state. School leaders say that despite…

Owatonna Man Facing Possible Charges in Fatal St. Cloud Crash

The driver of the van operated by Elite Taxi and one of two passengers in the vehicle were killed Saturday

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Charges are likely against a semi driver who struck a taxi at a St. Cloud intersection Saturday, killing two people. The Minnesota State Patrol said 61-year-old James Cockram of Owatonna was driving a semi on Highway 10 and St. Germain Street when he rear-ended a taxi being driven by 66-year-old Thomas Findlay of Sartell. The patrol…

Justice Department Releases Review of Jamar Clark Shooting Aftermath

The county prosecutor and the U.S. attorney both declined to charge the two officers involved

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Justice Department’s review is in on how Minneapolis handled the aftermath of the Jamar Clark shooting. Clark’s death in a confrontation with two officers sparked weeks of protests that were largely peaceful, though one on November included skirmishes between officers and demonstrators. The review found the city didn’t have a coordinated response to the 18…

MN House Republicans Propose $45 Billion Budget

House Speaker Kurt Daudt has suggested phasing out Social Security income taxes and reducing agricultural property taxes

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota House Republicans are looking at a roughly $45 billion two-year budget. Legislative leaders are considering cuts to some health care programs and state government agencies while drumming up nearly $1.4 billion in tax relief. House Speaker Kurt Daudt has suggested phasing out Social Security income taxes and reducing agricultural property taxes. They could have…