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Minnesota’s First Fatal Motorcycle Crash of 2017

The Redwood County Sheriff's Office says 60-year-old Gregory Werner was negotiating a curve in Sanborn on Sunday night when he crashed into the ditch.

REDWOOD COUNTY, Minn. — Minnesota has already recorded its first motorcycle fatality of the year. The Redwood County Sheriff’s Office says 60-year-old Gregory Werner was negotiating a curve in Sanborn on Sunday night when he crashed into the ditch. Werner was not wearing a helmet. It has not yet been determined if alcohol was a factor, pending the outcome of…

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…

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…

Moorhead Man Charged in Killing of Three Cats

Police responded to Greer's apartment after neighbors say they heard loud cat noises

  MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead man is facing six years in prison for allegedly torturing and killing his three cats. Jalan Greer, 23, is charged with three counts of felony mistreatment of animals. Police responded to Greer’s apartment after neighbors say they heard loud cat noises. They found a cat on the kitchen floor with blood coming out of…

Little Falls Man Convicted of Murdering Two Teens Asking to be Released

They say Smith's rights were violated when parts of his trial were closed to the public

  LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Attorneys for the Little Falls man who killed two teens who broke into his home in 2012 are asking for his release. Attorneys for 68-year-old Byron Smith say his life sentence without parole is unconstitutional. They say Smith’s rights were violated when parts of his trial were closed to the public. Smith killed 18-year-old Haile…

MN Sunday Liquor Sales Close to a Done Deal

Dayton, who is currently recovering from surgery for prostate cancer, has three days to either sign it or let it simply become law without his signature

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers have officially given their approval for the sale of liquor on Sundays in the state. The House approved the bill 88 to 39 and sent the bill to Governor Dayton, who has said he will sign it. Dayton, who is currently recovering from surgery for prostate cancer, has three days to either sign it…