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NWS Confirms Earliest Recorded Tornadoes in Minnesota History

Forecasters say a tornado near Zimmerman hit around 6:15 Monday evening and damaged buildings and took down trees and power lines

Damage in Zimmerman, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of Fox 9 KMSP ZIMMERMAN, Minn. — The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes caused extensive damage to communities north and south of the Twin Cities. They are the earliest tornadoes recorded in Minnesota history. Forecasters say a tornado near Zimmerman hit around 6:15 Monday evening and damaged buildings and took down…

Minnesota Sunday Liquor Sales to Begin July 2nd

Minnesota liquor stores will be able to open their doors on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. beginning in July

  MINNESOTA — It’s official: liquor will be sold in Minnesota on Sundays starting in July. Gov. Dayton has signed the bill repealing the decades old ban. Minnesota liquor stores will be able to open their doors on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. beginning in July. His signature is the final chapter in years of efforts to repeal…

Moorhead Man Accused of Killing Cats May Have Harmed Other Animals

Twenty-three-year-old Jalan Greer of Moorhead was charged earlier with three counts of felony mistreatment of animals

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Police have expanded their investigation into the torture and deaths of three cats in Moorhead. Jalan Greer, 23, of Moorhead, was charged earlier with three counts of felony mistreatment of animals. Court documents say Moorhead police were called to an apartment in January after a cat was heard “fighting for its life.” Police found a dead cat…

New Bill Introduced in Minnesota Turns “Snow Days” into “School Days” for Students

Minnesota Legislators are hoping to replace snow days with 'e-learning' days

MINNESOTA — Students in Minnesota may want to take advantage of any upcoming snow days before they’re over with for good. Sleeping in, building snowmen or having play dates with friends is what usually comes to mind when we think of having snow days. Yet, students may be kissing these days goodbye as lawmakers in Minnesota are working on establishing…

Record Amount of Meth Seized by Minnesota Law Enforcement in 2016

Prescription pill seizures, including opioids, increased 231 percent in 2016

  MINNESOTA — Minnesota law enforcement officers seized a record amount of meth in 2016. The Violent Crime Enforcement Teams seized 488 pounds of meth, a nearly 500 percent increase from 2009 when meth seizures were at their lowest level. Officials say meth continues to flow into Minnesota, primarily from Mexico. Prescription pill seizures, including opioids, increased 231 percent in…

Setback for Real ID Law in Minnesota

It's a setback as Minnesota races toward a January 2018 deadline for the new IDs to board domestic flights

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Efforts to upgrade driver’s licenses so they pass muster for domestic flights have hit a snag in Minnesota. The state Senate has defeated a bill to make the state compliant with the federal Real ID law. Democrats concerned about blocking driver’s license access for immigrants living in Minnesota illegally united with several Republicans who call…

Three Arrested in Otter Tail County Drug Bust

After a search, authorities found nearly $2 million worth of high grade marijuana in 18 duffle bags

From L to R: Anthony Williams, 21, Vontail Kendle, 22, Michael Dunnorm, 22  OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — Three St. Paul men have been charged in Otter Tail County after a major drug bust on I-94. Vontail Kendle, 22, Michael Dunnorm, 22 and Anthony Williams, 21, were arrested on March 1 after a traffic stop near Fergus Falls. The pickup…

Lake Park-Audubon’s “Raider Nation News” Earns 9 Emmy Nominations

Raider Nation News earned their nominations in light news, music video, fiction, PSA, commercial, public affairs/community service and best newscast categories

Raider Nation News: Front: Molly Dickelman, Sheena Meachem, Myla Lewis, Erin Grabinger, Cassidy Holmstrom, William James III, Jenna Braseth, Benjamin Carson, and Elise Whitehead. Back: Michael Vohnoutka, Mitchell Hall, Samantha Dahlgren, Elsa Larson, Michael Donovan, Ethan Schermer, Joseph Peterson, and Anthony Lage. Not Pictured: Eli Bjerken, Alexa Carlson, Alec Korby, Rileigh Leininger, and Savanah Schindler.   LAKE PARK, Minn. —…

Five Suspects Arrested in Shooting Death of U of M-Duluth Student

Grahek was shot on February 14th at a home in Duluth's East Hillside neighborhood

Facebook  DULUTH, Minn. — Five people have been arrested in the shooting death of a University of Minnesota-Duluth student. Authorities said they arrested four people in the shooting death of 22-year-old William Grahek. A fifth person was already in jail on unrelated charges. Grahek was shot on February 14th at a home in Duluth’s East Hillside neighborhood. The suspects, four…

Update: Former Castile Girlfriend Charged with Attacking Woman with Hammer

Police say she attacked another woman with a hammer, striking her in the head several times before smashing the victim's windshield

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — The former girlfriend of Philando Castile is accused of hitting a woman in the head with a hammer during a fight in St. Paul. Diamond Reynolds, 27, of West St. Paul, is charged with two felony counts of assault. Police say she attacked another woman with a hammer, striking her in the head several times…