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MINNESOTA NEWS BRIEFS: St. Louis County authorities looking for driver of hit-and-run crash

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VIRGINIA, Minn.  -- Saint Louis County authorities are looking for the driver in a one-vehicle crash near Virginia that injured a passenger and killed a dog.

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Twenty-eight-year-old Aaron Ross of Virginia was hurt in the rollover accident early Saturday and remains hospitalized in stable condition. His dog died of injuries suffered in the crash. Deputies say the man driving the truck has not been located despite repeated contact with his family. The driver's name has not been released.

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Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan (DFL-Duluth) was among a handful of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle who spoke out against the White House? plan to provide military aid to Syrian rebels. The 8th District Democrat says it's not a decision for the president to make alone and that the Constitution is very clear -- Congress decides whether the U-S engages in a war. Republican Congressman Walter Jones (R- N.C.) introduced a bill last week that would restrict money spent on U.S. involvement in Syria, and the coalition of lawmakers say military aid would only prolong the crisis and could make matters worse. Jones threatened to introduce articles of impeachment against the president if any member of the U.S. military is killed in Syria.

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A man died Sunday in a tree cutting accident in Kandiyohi County. Sheriff's officials say the 53-year-old man from Owatonna was cutting a tree east of New London when it fell on him. His name has not yet been released.

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A Montevideo man is dead after suffering a medical emergency while jet skiing Sunday afternoon on Norway Lake. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department says the 66-year-old man was operating the personal watercraft when he tipped and fell into the water. Authorities say he collapsed near shore and stopped breathing, and bystanders tried to revive him with CPR. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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The Minnesota Cancer Alliance says between 2003 and 2007 about 165 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in Minnesota, and an average of 45 women died annually from the disease. Public health experts say the HPV vaccine is the tool that will halt the spread of the virus, but it's not being used widely enough even though science proves that it works. A new CDC study credits the HPV vaccine with a 50 percent drop in infection rates among teenage girls in recent years, and Paula Gianino (GEE'-uh-nee-no) of Planned Parenthood is encouraged by those numbers. Health experts say the problem is that only about one third of teen girls in Minnesota and around the nation have completed the series of three shots.

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The Itasca County Sheriff's Office is reminding area residents to take the keys out of their vehicle and remove all valuables. Six cars were stolen in Grand Rapids, Bovey, Nashwauk, Marble and throughout the county last week. Investigators say all the vehicles were left unattended with the keys still in them and they've all since been recovered. Deputies are questioning a number of kids about the car thefts. The investigation is ongoing.       

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
(715) 273-4334
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