MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Willmar police ID dead man found in apartment
WILLMAR, Minn. - Police have identified a man whose body was found in a Willmar apartment Wednesday morning.
Captain Jim Felt says the roomate of 22-year-old Tyler Richards found him unconscious and not breathing in his bedroom. The roomate called police and when first responders arrived Richards was pronounced dead. Felt says the investigation is ongoing and at this time no foul play is suspected. Richards' body was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.
One person is dead after a car collided with a train Wednesday afternoon in Morris. Police say the lone occupant of the vehicle was taken to the Stevens Community Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival. Authorities have not released the victim's name. The crash is still under investigation.
Police in Saint Cloud are investigating after a school bus hit a pedestrian this morning. Officers say it happened on a frontage road and a School District 742 bus was involved. The pedestrian was transported to Saint Cloud Hospital with substantial injuries. There were no children on the bus at the time. The Minnesota State Patrol is assisting with the investigation.
A Kandiyohi County judge ordered a Cokato man to pay more than 37-thousand dollars to the families of three people killed in a drunk driving crash last year. Killed were Marta Stoffers of Atwater, Michelle Hoffman of Eden Prairie and Hoffman's eight-year-old daughter Julia. Twenty-two-year-old Paul Wickenhauser's pickup crossed the centerline of Highway 12 east of Willmar in August 2012 and stuck a van driven by Stoffers. Wickenhauser is serving a nearly six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to three counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
The state's utilities are urging natural gas customers to keep their gas meters free of ice. The accumulation of ice and snow can lead to a hazardous natural gas buildup inside a house or other building. Officials recommend you very gently remove snow or ice from the gas meter and any associated piping. It's also a good idea to remove ice from the roofline above the meter. Officials also encourage you to maintain a clean path to and from the meter to allow easy access in case of emergency.
With the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to phase out antibiotics to promote the growth of farm animals -- but some claim the government's efforts don't go far enough. FDA guidance calls for manufacturers to voluntarily change antibiotic labeling to indicate the drugs are only for disease prevention. But Dr. David Wallinga of Healthy Food Action in St. Paul says many antibiotics are now labeled for a variety of uses, and changing that won't necessarily stop their use. Wallinga says his group worries that basically people will use antibiotics the same as they always have for growth promotion, regardless of what they call it. It's estimated that in 2011 in the U.S., about 8 million pounds of antibiotics were sold for human consumption, but nearly 30 million pounds were sold for meat and poultry production.