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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: FEMA to asses flood damage

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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: FEMA to asses flood damage
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be in southwestern Minnesota starting tomorrow to begin surveying flood damage. 

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (DFL-Plymouth) says in order to qualify for federal funds, the monetary damage to public infrastructure must be at least $7.3 million.  Once all the damage assesments are in, Governor Dayton is expected to request a presidential declaration of diaster.  Final approval would be made by President Obama.

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The Red River is expected to crest in the Fargo area today.  Recent rainfall led to a rise, which is expected to be within minor flood range.  That's just over 22 feet.  The water is expected to gradually go down, dropping below 20-feet in the next week.  Minor flood stage is at 18 feet.

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Authorities say the body recovered from the Red River north of Breckenridge Friday is that of a missing college student.  The Grand Forks medical examiner confirmed that the victim is 20-year-old Andrew Sadek.  The North Dakota State College of Science student had been missing since May 2nd. A warrant Sadek's arrest on drug-related charges was issued around the time of his diappearance. Sadek's cause of death is still under investigation.  

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A Minnesota State Patrol trooper was injured after his vehicle was struck in St. Paul.  The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Trooper Jack Tiegs was stopped by a stalled vehicle that was blocking the left lane of the eastbound Interstate 94 ramp to southbound U.S. Highway 61 early Saturday morning when his vehicle was rear-ended.  Both Trooper Tiegs and the driver of the other vehicle, 46-year-old Jay Binnebose of Maplewood, were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.  Authorities say that alcohol was found in Binnebose's system and it was a factor in the crash.

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A tree trimmer is dead after being electrocuted in Minnetonka.  The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that 21-year-old Travis Sutherland of St. Cloud was working on Wednesday when he came into contact with a live power line.  Sutherland was later pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center.  The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and Minnetonka police are investigating the incident.

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Three kids are recovering from injuries suffered over the weekend after wind picked up an inflatable toy just across the state line in Grafton, North Dakota.  Police say their injuries were non-life threatening.  The toy was part of the Summerfest celebration on Saturday afternoon when a wind gust carried it off and landed in nearby Park River.  The kids were thrown from it before it reached the water.

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A Bemidji man was killed in an unusual crash in Hubbard County.  Minnesota State Patrol says 43-year-old Troy Hargreaves was killed when the minivan he was driving collided with a group of horses on Highway 71.  Investigators did not say how many horses were involved or whether any of them were seriously injured or killed.

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Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Governor Mark Dayton are expected in St. Michael today for a groundbreaking event marking the expansion of the Interstate-94 West Corridor.  Bachmann (R-Stillwater), who represents the 6th District, has long advocated for the project and has been working with local businesess and lawmakers to urge Governor Dayton to award the project with Corridors of Commerce funds. The expansion is designed to clear up traffic congestion and make improvements to Highway 10 in the St. Cloud area. 

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A man was killed in a workplace accident at a Minneapolis business.  36-year-old Travis Carter of Ham Lake had just gotten off of a forklift at AA Container Sales in north Minneapolis on Friday afternoon when several pallets tipped over and crushed him.  Carter died at the scene, and the medical examiner says he was killed by blunt force injuries.  The incident is under investigation.

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A man and his dog were rescued after becoming trapped on an inland at a local creek.  Emergency crews were called to Minnehaha Creek just east of Minnehaha Falls about 1:00 Sunday afternoon after a man went into the water to rescue his dog, who had been swept away by the strong current.  The man and dog made it to an island and firefighters used a boat to rescue them.  No one was hurt during the incident. 

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A motorcyclist was taken from the hospital to a jail cell after his motorcycle left the road near St. Anna and he refused a drunk driving test.  Stearns County Sheriff'ss investigators say 30-year-old Joshua Richter of St. Cloud was treated for his injuries and then jailed on charges of drunk driving and refusing the test.

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Thousands of people gathered in Minneapolis for one of the largest LGBT events in the country.  The annual Pride Festival celebrates gay rights and was highlighted by the annual Pride Parade along Hennepin Avenue on Sunday.  In addition, the Interstate 35W Bridge was illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the event and the Rainbow Run race took place at Boom Island.

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The Minnesota Department of Health is starting to develop the state's new medical marijuana program.  About five-thousand patients with qualifying medical conditions will have access to cannabis oils on July 1st, 2015.  Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger (Ell'-ing-grr) says his department was given a monumental task--including getting get a grower and manufacturer up and running and hiring staff--and a short time to do it. Ehlinger says there has been a lot of interest in the medical cannabis program from potential manufacturers, workers and patients.  He adds the Health Department has not yet set up any kind of waiting list. 

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While a Fourth of July backyard fireworks display may seem fun, Mayo Clinic physicians are advising everyone to leave them to the professionals. Each year Mayo doctors see dozens of patients with severe injuries as a direct result of using fireworks, including severe burns and hearing loss.  Trauma specialist Dr. Donald Jenkins says it's common for him to treat hand and facial injuries this time of year--especially when celebrating is mixed with alcohol.  Dr. Jenkins says backyard fire pits and campfires also send dozens of people to the emergency room around Independence Day, from both adults and children stumbling and falling into the flames, and those who have probably had too much to drink are at greatest risk.

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Visiting with a doctor online is one of the biggest trends in health care and, and some Minnesota employers are now offering virtual visit services as well. At Marvin Windows and Doors in Warroad, wellness specialist Katie Marvin says they've installed a kiosk on-site, so employees can link up with a doctor while at work. Workers with minor medical concerns can also access a real-time video visit with a doctor on their smartphone or computer from anywhere - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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A recent survey shows one-in-five parents admit their child suffers summer-slide.  Trae Bodge is a lifestyle editor for RetailMeNot.com and says for the two-and-a-half months that their on break kids tend to have a loss of academic aptitude.  And a recent stody showed that 66-percent of teachers have to spend three to four weeks  re-teaching their kids course material from the prior year. Bodge says the survey also found that 31% of parents find it difficult to keep kids entertained over the summer and 27% find it hard to maintain a regular schedule.  She says incorporating educational activities is a must over the summer months.

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It is a Minnesota parent's worst nightmare, but it happens every summer - kids suffer heatstroke, and in some cases die, after being left in hot cars. Registered Nurse Phyllis Larimore is a car seat safety specialist who says children can suffer fatal hyperthermia in a closed vehicle within minutes, even when the outside temperature is mild. She says a change in routine is often behind these tragedies. Larimore says a child should never be left alone in a car, not even for a minute, and to make sure the doors are locked when the car is not in use so they can't get in on their own. She also recommends putting something you'll need at your final destination, like a purse or a cell phone, in the back seat as a reminder that the child is also in the back seat.

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation continues to remove ash trees infested by emrald ash borer.  The removal has been ongoing since 2009 when the pest was first discovered in the state. Since then MnDOT has come up with some mapping protocols with priorities set on different areas where ash trees need to be removed. MnDOT's Tina Markeson says the movement of untreated ash wood is the easiest way to spread the emerald ash borer to areas of the state where no populations of the pest currently exist. So far the pest has been discovered in Hennepin, Ramsey, Winona and Houston counties. 

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