Minnesota News Briefs: Fergus Falls man drowns over weekendMinnesota News
-- Friends and family are still in shock after the drowning of a Fergus Falls man on Sunday.
FERGUS FALLS - Friends and family are still in shock after the drowning of a Fergus Falls man on Sunday.
Divers recovered the body of 25-year old Daniel Anderson from an Otter Tail County lake after he jumped off a bridge. Sheriff Brian Schleuter says it didn't have to happen. Anderson had spent part of the day at the popular recreation spot with friends who were on hand when his body was pulled from the lake.
An 80-year old Morris woman is dead after her car collided with another near the Pope County city of Starbuck. The State Patrol says Eldora Eich was behind the wheel at the time of the accident on Monday. A teenage girl who was her passenger sustained minor injuries. The couple in the other vehicle also ended up with minor injuries.
Leaders of a historic church in south Minneapolis plan to relocate or rebuild after the building was destroyed by fire. The Walker Community United Methodist Church went up in flames Sunday evening. The cause is still under investigation. While battling the fire, five firefighters were injured and had to be hospitalized for treatment of burns. The church was opened in 1910 and the fire left it so unstable that what was left was demolished Monday.
All the recent rain has resulted in both good and bad conditions around the state. It's a promising sign for rivers, lakes and marshes -- bringing many closer to normal levels for this time of year. But what could end up being the the wettest May in history has also caused numerous flooding situations. Among the waterways where sections are under a flood warning this morning: the St. Louis and Mississippi rivers in central and northern Minnesota -- and the Crow and Cottonwood rivers in southern Minnesota.
A weekend bus crash in southeastern Minnesota could have been a lot worse. It happened near Winona on Sunday as the driver of commercial bus with 50 people onboard lost control on a county road. The bus went into a ditch and the State Patrol says 18 of the passengers ended up with minor injuries. The bus was from Illinois.
Minnesota unions have seen their share of strike talks and contract negotiations in the past year. It's also been a year of union-busting across the border which has led to Wisconsin's recall vote set for June 5th. Service Employees International Union lead negotiator Tee McClenty says that scenario hasn't played out yet in Minnesota "but it can," adding that "None of us should be too comfortable to say that it's just in Wisconsin. I think what's happening in Wisconsin is a threat to a lot of states right now." Last week, 3,500 Twin Cities area hospital workers went to the bargaining table and approved a new three-year contract.
A new treatment program for moderate-risk juvenile sex offenders will be opening soon in Moorhead. The program is designed for offenders in custody at the West Central Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Director Steve Larson says the 22-week program will be administered by Benson Pyschological Services of Fargo. He says the program eliminates the need to transfer moderate-risk offenders to the Mille Lacs Academy in Onamia. He hopes to get the program running by June 1st.
The Hennepin County Medical Center is scheduled to open its new Center for Hyperbaric Medicine two weeks from today (6/12). The ten-point-nine-million-dollar project included construction of a ten-thousand square foot addition to he HCMC campus. Medical Director Doctor Cheryl Adkinson says having the hyperbaric chamber there will serve patients much better. The old 1963 chamber was located two blocks away. Patients from Minnesota, the Dakotas, western Wisconsin and Canada are refered to H CMC for hyperbaric oxygen treatment.
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