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Jail Break Outside Of Twin Cities, Suspect Under Arrest

Escaped prison inmate James Mitchell has been arrested after he was seen at a Minneapolis park, according to Minneapolis police.

LINO LAKES, Minn. – Escaped prison inmate James Mitchell has been arrested after he was seen at a Minneapolis park, according to Minneapolis police. Ten inmates escaped from a prison in Lino Lakes when an inmate jumped a fence, hijacked a transport van full of other prisoners and drove off. The Department of Corrections said nine of the prisoners were…

MN Legislature Passes $46 Billion Dollar Budget

The Legislature approved the budget just before 3 a.m. Friday.

ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota’s lawmakers have passed a $46 billion budget after three extra days in session, several sleepless nights and some horse-trading. The Legislature approved the budget just before 3 a.m. Friday. House Speaker Kurt Daudt says, ”there’s no question that it was a grind.” The broad budget agreement would put $650 million toward tax relief, expand preschool…

Bemidji Woman Dies After Crash on Motorcycle

Dispatch was alerted about the crash on Wednesday around 5 p.m.

BEMIDJI, Minn. — A motorcycle driver is dead after crashing with a cargo van in Bemidji Township. Dispatch was alerted about the crash on Wednesday around 5 p.m. Authorities say 62-year-old Vicki Inkel of Bemidji was driving northbound on her motorcycle when she was hit by the eastbound van. Inkel died at the scene. The driver of the van has…

Grand Forks Man Identified After Fatal Head-On Crash Near Detroit Lakes

The driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries

  DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A Grand Forks man is dead after a head-on crash west of Detroit Lakes Wednesday afternoon. The state patrol says 32-year-old Timothy Lee crossed the center line of Highway 34, sideswiped a pickup then hit an SUV head on. Lee died at the scene. The driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital with…

Two Arrested in Memorabilia Theft from Barnesville Home

They say the suspects were known to the victim

  CLAY COUNTY, Minn. — Two people were taken to jail in Moorhead for a theft valued at $80,000. Authorities say 32-year-old Justin Marlen and 26-year-old Amber Hedstrom stole collectibles, including rare artifacts from World War I and World War II, and firearms from a rural Barnesville house. They say the suspects were known to the victim. Clay County Investigators…

Minnesota Lawmakers Make Major Decisions on Budget Battle

Lawmakers reconvened around noon

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Legislative leaders have released a bill to borrow more than $1 billion for public construction projects that includes more than $250 million for transportation infrastructure. The bonding bill is expected to be the final piece of legislation that lawmakers take up during the special session, which was envisioned as a one-day event for Tuesday…

Monticello Woman Arrested After Police Chase

A deputy tried to stop Olson around 9 o'clock last night but she took off at speeds up to 115 miles per hour

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A chase that started in Wilkin County ended near Titan Machinery in Moorhead. The driver, 37-year-old Jessica Olson of Monticello, was arrested. A deputy tried to stop Olson around 9 o’clock last night but she took off at speeds up to 115 miles per hour. The chase included officers from Barnesville, Moorhead, Clay and Wilkin counties along…

Nearly Two Dozen Arrests in Minnesota Sex Trafficking Ring

Authorities say the members of the ring also laundered millions of dollars in earnings

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Twenty-one people have been indicted in what authorities call a sophisticated sex trafficking ring. It brought hundreds of women from Thailand to Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities and forced them to work as prostitutes. Authorities say the members of the ring also laundered millions of dollars in earnings. The sex-trafficking ring started in 2009…

MnDOT Suspends Road Work for Holiday Weekend; Work Zone Fines Still in Place

The latest count for 2017 shows 115 fatalities on Minnesota roads compared with 125 this time last year

MINNESOTA — Memorial Day through Labor Day marks the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads. Preliminary numbers show the 100 day stretch last year accounted for 120 of 392 fatalities, making up 31 percent of all the traffic deaths in 2016. The latest count for 2017 shows 115 fatalities on Minnesota roads compared with 125 this time last year. MnDOT…

UPDATED: Authorities Give the All Clear in Park Rapids Explosives Investigation

Schools in the area were on lockdown but students and staff were allowed to leave at the normal dismissal time

  PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — ¬†Authorities have given the all clear in an explosives investigation on the west side of the city. This information was posted on the Hubbard Co. Sheriffs Office & Emergency Management Facebook page: The scene on the west side of Park Rapids has been cleared. Everyone can return to the area & the roadways are being…