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COVID-19 Outbreak Linked To Youth Wrestling Tournament in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A COVID-19 outbreak has been linked to a wrestling tournament in Sioux Falls March 31 through April 3. Minnesota Department of Health says 64 teams from at least 52 Minnesota counties participated including Becker, Beltrami, Clay, Pennington, Todd and Wadena in our area. They have confirmed COVID-19 cases associated with the tournament in Morrison and Wright…

Northern Metals fire in Becker, Minnesota ‘under control’ after 3 Days

The fire is creating so much smoke the massive plume can be seen from miles away.

becker Fire 2 Becker Fire 1 Becker-Fire-2-e1582165143551 BECKER, Minn. (FOX 9)–In their third day battling the blaze, officials say “major progress has been made” in fighting the Northern Metals Recycling car debris fire in Becker, Minn. Thursday morning. Additionally, Becker Police say the “fire is being maintained and is under control and this point.” In a release, the Becker Police Department…

Fire at Becker Metal Recycling Plant Affecting Air Quality

A passerby first spotted the fire about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

BECKER, Minn.–Officials are monitoring the air quality in Becker after a fire at a metal recycling plant burned into the evening. Firefighters planned to work through the night Tuesday at the Northern Metals Recycling plant. The city has requested help from the National Guard, the state Pollution Control Agency and health department. Police have told residents with respiratory problems who…

Boy Missing For Nearly 10 Hours After School Found In Corn Field

More than 600 volunteers searched for the boy and found him around 2 a.m. Wednesday

SHERBURNE CO., Minn. — A 6-year-old boy who went missing after school in Becker, Minnesota Tuesday thanks his dog, Remington, for helping keep him safe. More than 600 volunteers searched for the boy and found him around 2 Wednesday morning. Ethan Haus went missing shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday after he got off the school bus with his siblings and…

Jade Rosenfeldt Appointed District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District

Rosenfeldt is currently with Vogel Law Firm

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Governor Tim Walz has appointed Jade Rosenfeldt as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. It is a new District Court judgeship that became effective July 1 and will be chambered in Moorhead. Rosenfeldt is currently with Vogel Law Firm. Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan says Rosenfeldt demonstrates a remarkable range of experience in the legal…

Loon Counters Needed In 8 Minnesota Counties

The DNR says its annual count is a critical process to protect the loon population

ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota DNR is looking for a few good loon counters. Volunteers would be required to dedicate a morning between June 28 and July 8 to count loons on at least one of 150 lakes. Counties include: Aitkin, Becker, Crow Wing, Cook, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Lake and Otter Tail. The DNR says its annual count is a critical…

Agreements Approved On Proposed $600 Million Data Center Near Twin Cities

The center could create 50 jobs will annual wages totaling $4 million

BECKER, MN — Agreements between Google and Xcel Energy to provide electricity for a $600 million data center in Becker, Minnesota have been approved. Google is weighing plans to build the center on land next to Xcel’s Sherco power plant. Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Tuesday the project would help her community transition away from a…

Governor Dayton Issues Emergency Order For Counties Dealing With Severe Weather

Leaders Will Tour Storm Damage On Friday

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Friday, Governor Mark Dayton. U.S. Senator Tina Smith, and U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson will visit communities in southwestern Minnesota to assess damage caused by recent severe weather. Visits will include the City of Slayton, the City of Walnut Grove, the City of Balaton, and surrounding communities. Governor Dayton has signed Emergency Executive Order 18-11, proclaiming…

Emu That Went Viral For Avoiding Capture In Minnesota Dies

Died During Attempt To Recapture Him

BECKER, Minn. — The story of an escaped emu that captivated a Minnesota town ends in tragedy. A photo from the “Dork The Emu” Facebook page shows a group cornering the bird Saturday afternoon. Dork escaped from his owner, Tom Berry, in Becker Minnesota. He had been seen throughout the area, eluding attempts to capture him, but Berry’s daughter, Kim…

Hundreds Rally Against Potential Refugee Restrictions

The Fargo Civic Center was packed people opposed to a house bill

Hundreds spent the afternoon rallying in protest of a proposed house bill which has the potential to ban refugees in North Dakota communities. Lawmakers say the bill is not set up to be against refugees, but rather to let communities decide how many they are capable of hosting. They’re calling it Operation Wake-Up Call. After two days of planning, hundreds…