MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Fourth victim pulled from Mississippi River
WINONA -- The body of a fourth victim from a crash into the Mississippi River in Winona has now been pulled out of the icy water. The Winona County Sheriff'S Department recovered the remains of 29-year-old Andrew Kingsbury on Sunday from water about ten feet deep, south of the Highway 43 bridge. He died along with three others earlier this month when a vehicle driven by Christina Hauser went off a side street and into the river. The other three bodies have already been recovered.
A Hermantown man escaped serious injury and possible death when the snow fort he was in collapsed yesterday (Sun). Sergeant William Marsolek says the man's son called 9-1-1 after the snow fell in on his father and Hermantown officers were able to dig him out soon after they got to the scene. He was checked out by paramedics and released. Marsolek says snow forts or tunneling through this winter's heavy snow can be life threatening.
Emergency crews from at least five fire departments were called Sunday morning to an industrial propane tank fire in Barnesville in northwestern Minnesota. The fire was located at the Agassiz Valley Grain Elevator. Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist says firefighters had to keep pouring water on the tank to keep it from exploding. Interstate 94 was closed for a few hours until the fire was contained. Bergquist says the fire may have been linked to a faulty valve, but the cause will be investigated.
As the number of crashes goes up this winter, the Department of Natural Resources is reminding snowmobilers to slow down. The DNR's Mike Hammer says you need to be careful, even if you're familiar with the terrain you're riding on. Hammer says taking a snowmobile safety training class is a good way to learn about potential dangers-- and could help young riders, especially, avoid getting into a crash. For more information on training through the DNR, you can visit their web site.
Around two-thousand people are attending the 24th annual M-L-K Holiday Breakfast this morning at the Minneapolis Convention Center (Mon 8am start). Tiffanie Boyd of the General Mills Foundation says it's an opportunity to celebrate Dr.King's legacy of service and this year's theme is "Reimagine the Future". Political strategist, author and voting rights activist Donna Brazile is the keynote speaker. Boyd says the event is also being viewed at six satellite locations including Duluth and Mahtomedi, and St.Cloud State is airing Brazile's keynote speech.
A 22-year-old Maple Grove man is dead after a snowmobile accident on Long Lake. Todd County Deputies were called Saturday on a report of a missing person who was last seen on his snowmobile near his family cabin. Officials patrolled the area and discovered the body of Jared Wallenfelsz and his crashed snowmobile on a wooded lake lot. Poor visibility, alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.
First District Congressman Tim Walz is pleading with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-ner) to put the Farm Bill up for a vote. Walz says the legislation has bipartisan support and dragging the process out at this point in time is providing uncertainty to a very strong sector of the economy that "doesn't need this" Walz believes dairy policy is the main snag in the bill and is causing the delay in a vote.
A Minnesota lawmaker has reintroduced a bill that would require in-car navigation, G-P-S or other mapping app providers to tell customers what data they collect, how they use it, and if it will be shared with third parties. Minnesota Senator Al Franken says Americans have a fundamental right to privacy and that right includes to ability to control who's getting your personal information and who it's being shared with. Franken first introduced the bill last session, after in-car navigation service OnStar announced plans to continue tracking drivers even after customers canceled the service. They eventually backed away from that plan.
Minnesotans and others across the nation appear to be eating healthier. A recently-released study by USDA's economic research service, Changes in Eating Patterns and Diet Quality Among Working Age Adults, tracked people for five years, from 2005 to 2010. USDA economist Jessica Todd says it found that fewer people are blaming faulty genes or medical conditions for their weight struggles. The study also found that more people are reading the nutrition information on foods before they buy them, and Todd says that led to people taking in fewer calories from fat and saturated fat.