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MOORHEAD — The college admission fee to all Minnesota colleges and universities will be waived from Monday, Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 26, as part of College Knowledge Month. Application fees for qualified low-income students and active duty military service members deployed overseas are always waived at every Minnesota State college and university. If prompted for a promo code, applicants should use "CKM2018." For more information, visit www.minnstate.edu/collegeknowledge .
Getting outdoors to hunt squirrels, rabbits and other small game is the focus of Minnesota's Take a Kid Hunting Weekend this Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23. During the weekend, adult Minnesota residents accompanied by a youth younger than age 16 can hunt small game without a license but must comply with open seasons, limits and other regulations, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
ST. PAUL — An experienced political reporter who grew up in Minnesota has been selected as the Forum News Service’s state government reporter. Dana Ferguson, who has covered South Dakota politics for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader during the past three legislative sessions, will join Forum News Service beginning Nov. 1.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a statement on Tuesday, Sept. 19, to remind residents that state law prohibits the placement of private signs of any kind on a highway right of way. “With political campaigns underway for November elections, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds campaigners that state law prohibits placement of private signs of any kind,” the press release said.
ST. PAUL—Tobacco use among Minnesota high school students increased for the first time in 17 years and state health officials attribute the rise to the popularity of e-cigarettes. The Minnesota Department of Health has now issued a health advisory regarding the latest evidence that early nicotine use increases the risks of addiction for youth now and later in life.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Video of a broken play that turned into a touchdown has put a Minnesota high school team into the national spotlight. The video from the Friday, Sept. 7, game with Alexandria Area High School hosting Sartell was captured by Alexandria Echo Press sports editor Eric Morken who shared it on Twitter, where it streaked in popularity.
ST. PAUL -- August marked the first time in four months where fatalities dropped below 30 traffic-related deaths during a single month, Minnesota Department of Public Safety statistics show. During the 100 deadliest days (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day), 116 people were killed on Minnesota roads. That’s 52 percent of all traffic fatalities so far this year and a decrease of five deaths from the same period in 2017.
Vergas, MN — The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office was called out to 49385 368th Ave for a report of a house fire at at 4:35 p.m. on Sunday. Deputies say a man spotted the fire from a boat on Rose Lake.
The Bemidji boys soccer team has looked unstoppable so far this season, and Tuesday was no different as the Lumberjacks cruised to a 6-0 shutout victory over Detroit Lakes at Rotary Soccer Park in a matchup of Lakes to Prairie Conference and Section 8A foes. The win brings the Jacks to 3-0 on the season, outscoring their opponents 19-0. Bemidji opened the contest with two goals in the first half from Ben Hess (5’) and Silas Hess (30’).
BISMARCK — A northeast North Dakota woman has died after falling ill to a rare disease that's spread by infected rodent droppings, urine and saliva, the state Department of Health said Monday, Aug. 27. The unidentified adult woman fell ill to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. People can be exposed to HPS by breathing air that's contaminated with the virus when fresh rodent droppings, urine or nesting materials are disturbed, but it's not transmitted from person to person.