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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Two persons rescued from Otter Tail River

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn.  --  Two people were taken to the hospital in Fergus Falls after the pickup they were in left I-94 on the west side of Fergus Falls and landed in the Otter Tail River.

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It happened at around noon Monday.  The driver and a passenger were not seriously hurt. Firefighters launched a small rescue boat. The pickup and trailer were nearly submerged in the river.  The water level is high and there's a swift current. The state patrol is investigating.

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Two people were killed in central Minnesota's Wright County Monday morning in a crash near St. Michael.  State troopers say 54-year-old Bruce Plante of Buffalo was northbound on Highway 241 when his pickup slammed broadside into a southbound car making a left turn.  Plante was not hurt.  The names of those killed in the wreck have not yet been released.

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A Minnesota man accused of killing his brother in California over a fight about noise will stand trial for murder.  A judge in San Marcos ruled yesterday that Michael Young will face murder charges for the death of his younger brother Robb Young.  Prosecutors say Michael beat his younger brother to death after the two got into a quarrel about the amount of noise Robb was making at their father's home back in February.  Michael Young's trial will start in September.

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Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura was back on the stand Monday in his defamation lawsuit against the estate of former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. Ventura testified that his annual earnings dropped from one million dollars to $100,000 after the book was written and highly publicized. The book, "American Sniper: An Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," describes a 2006 incident where he punches a man called "cruff Face."Ventura isn't named in the book, but in radio and television interviews Kyle later identified  "Scruff Face" as Ventura.  A witness for the defense later testified that she saw Ventura get punched in a bar.

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Police have arrested two men who escaped from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center last week.  Officials have not said how 25-year-old Anthony Kozar, 24-year-old Ryan Locke, and a third prisoner managed to get out of the prison last Thursday.  Kozar was arrested on Sunday after he was spotted by an Eveleth Police Sergeant, and ran into a nearby home.  He was taken into custody after a short standoff.  Locke was arrested Saturday after he apparently stole a car from a gas station in Virginia and led police on a chase that ended with his capture in Hermantown.

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After almost a year of work by a variety of volunteers to secure it and then transport it, the anchor from the now scrapped USS Duluth is nearly back in the city the ship was named for. A flatbed truck donated by Halvor Lines of Superior and a volunteer driver made the 3,400-mile round-trip to Brownsville, Texas to bring the 12-ton anchor and a piece of the ship  back to the Twin Ports.  The anchor is scheduled to go on permanent display near the Vietnam Memorial along the Lakewalk on August 22nd.  The USS Duluth was commissioned in 1965 and saw duty in Vietnam and in the Persian Gulf wars before being mothballed in 2005. 

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 A southeast Minnesota couple is expected to recover after a motorcycle crash yesterday in Fillmore County.  The State Patrol says 61-year-old Bruce Willson left the road, the bike hit the ditch, and he and his 58-year-old wife Jeanne were thrown from it.  Both were treated for injuries that did not appear life-threatening.

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Authorities say a 43-year-old southeast Minnesota woman escaped serious injury when she lost control of her car on I-35 near Owatonna.  Forty-three-year-old Vilma Solberg's car crossed the median and opposing lanes of traffic near Highway 14 before crashing into a ditch.  Solberg was thrown from the vehicle and was hospitalized but is expected to recover.

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Organized labor officials say putting U-S Postal Service locations in Staples stores is a move to privatize a well-loved public institution and a threat to middle-class jobs.  Peggy Whitney, business agent for the Minneapolis area local of the American Postal Workers Union, says a secret no-bid deal between the U.S. Postal Service and the troubled big-box office supply chain cuts costs by shifting work to low-paid Staples employees.  Whitney says it trades employees of the Postal Service for retail workers making near-minimum wage, and undermines a public service relied on by millions.  She adds the Postal Service is the highest-rated government agency for satisfaction, security and reliability.  She says people feel they can count on it to deliver medicines, because employees must pass FBI background checks. 

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An Inver Grove Heights man has been indicted in federal court on charges of conspiracy and trafficking counterfeit goods.  Forty-five-year-old Brian Gore is accused of trafficking counterfeit sports jerseys from China with others from November of 2009 through September 2012.  Prosecutors allege Gore traveled to the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami and possessed 383 counterfeit NFL jerseys and shipping receipts from China. A conviction carries a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison and a two-million-dollar fine.  Major League Baseball is cracking down on counterfeiters during the All-Star festivities this week in Minneapolis.

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Governor Mark Dayton was elected to the National Governors Association Executive Committee at the NGA Summer Meeting in Nashville.  The nine-member committee also includes Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Wisconsin's Scott Walker.  Dayton is in Wadena Monday meeting with local officials on flood relief efforts. 

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The group that represents the state's pig farmers is looking for volunteers to work their booth at The Great Minnesota Get Together.  Minnesota Pork Ambassador Sarah Marketon says the gap between consumer and producer is only getting larger - and fairgoers will have ample opportunity to get their questions answered.  Marketon says it's a lot of fun to give them a connection to where their food comes from.  More information is available at MNpork.com (www.mnpork.com).  The Minnesota State Fair runs August 21st through September 1st in Falcon Heights, Minn.

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