Minnesota News Briefs: Missing girls found safe after Amber AlertMinnesota News
-- Police have canceled the Amber Alert for a 17-month-old girl who was taken by her non-custodial father Thursday night from her home in Saint Louis Park.
BLAINE, Minn. -- Police have canceled the Amber Alert for a 17-month-old girl who was taken by her non-custodial father Thursday night from her home in Saint Louis Park.
Following a tip, Nahla Rutledge was found safe at a home in Blaine around four this morning. Her father George Rutledge was taken into custody without incident.
Southern Minnesota officials are asking a judge to terminate the parental rights of a North Mankato couple accused of starving their son. Nicollet County social services says the 8-year-old boy suffered harm and it's not in any child's best interest to be under the care of Russell and Mona Hauer. The Hauers are each charged with six felonies. Their attorney says they'll fight the charges as well as the petition to have their parental rights terminated. The boy who was allegedly starved is now in foster care.
A southern Minnesota man is dead after his semi-truck collided with a farm tractor Thursday afternoon in Jackson County. The State Patrol says 44-year-old Joseph Oliver of St. James was killed when his rig struck the tractor on Highway 86 and went into the ditch and rolled. Oliver was trapped in the cab of the semi and had to be extricated by firefighters. The 48-year-old Windom man driving the tractor was not injured.
The investigation continues after the body of a missing White Bear Lake man was recovered in northern Arizona. Twenty-seven-year-old Shaun Rentz's vehicle was found in late July in a parking lot at the Oak Creek Vista overlook. On Sunday, a hiker came across a decomposed body at the north end of Oak Creek Canyon. Authorities were able to identify Rentz through dental records. His cause of death remains under investigation.
DNR officials are reminding people with the weekend ahead that there are four counties that still have burning restrictions in place. They include Stearns, Benton and Dakota counties and a portion of Pine County. The entire state is still suffering from abnormally dry conditions with southwestern Minnesota having the worst of it.
A man was killed and another is in critical condition after the pickup they were in went off the road, hit a driveway and flew 150-feet through the air before striking a tree. The State Patrol says 27-year-old Dennis Underwood of Cannon Falls was killed and 26-year-old Keri Gesme of Hampton is in critical condition after the accident in Dakota County. Officers say neither person was buckled in and they're not sure who was driving.
The cost of turkey dinner on Thanksgiving is up. The annual American Farm Bureau price survey is out and thanks to the bird itself, this year's feasting will cost 28-cents more than last year. The cost of turkey went up during that time to about a dollar-39-a-pound on average. Keep in mind, this tradition November survey might offer some food items that we don't all gorge ourselves on each Thanksgiving but the Farm Bureau is trying to cover all bases. The shopping list includes the turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all to serve a family of 10, with leftovers. Total cost this time around $50.
With a change in Minnesota's "legislative guard," Democrats are lining up their top leaders. The House has picked Paul Thissen of Minneapolis as its new speaker while St. Paul's Erin Murphy will become the new House majority leader. Earlier Thursday, the Minnesota state Senate chose Senator Tom Bakk from Cook as its new majority leader. Meanwhile Republicans, ousted from control in both the Minnesota Senate and House, choose their new minority leaders today and on Saturday.
Carleton College political science Professor Steven Schier says lawmakers probably will not legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota next year, even though Democrats now control both the state House and Senate. Schier says many rural DFLers won't support it because their constituents voted heavily in favor of the marriage amendment. Schier also doubts civil unions will be a major issue at the legislature because the advocates now want legalized same-sex marriage, not civil unions.
The latest flu statistics show just three new hospitalizations in the most recent week of statewide testing. The Minnesota Health Department reports no school or nursing home outbreaks. There have been 10 Minnesotans treated for influenza and no deaths so far this season. Flu has been appearing more often over the borders in Iowa and North Dakota.
This final day of Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota focuses on driving safely. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen offers tips on its website about preparing your car ahead of time, how to handle driving in a storm and what to do if you're trapped in your vehicle. Speaking of stormy weather, far northwestern Minnesota is in line for heavy snow starting late tonight into Saturday. Forecasters predict up to a foot of snow in some areas with brisk winds, creating blizzard-like conditions.
The outdoor ice skating season begins today (FRI) at the John Rose Minnesota Oval in Roseville. Superintendent Brad Tullberg says the Oval is the largest refrigerated ice surface in North America -- 110-thousand-square-feet of ice which is the equivalent of six indoor rinks. More than 80-miles of underground piping and 800-tons of refrigeration help maintain the Oval's ice. Tullberg says people are champing at the bit to skate, speed skate and play pick-up hockey games and bandy. Admission is $5.50.
Another sign the holidays are right around the corner: The Salvation Army's Red Kettles make their debut this weekend in many communities across Minnesota. Spokeswoman Annette Bauer says some of the money from the kettles goes toward housing needs -- whether it's emergency housing just for one night, transitional housing for a couple of years, or permanent supportive housing. Bauer says sometimes it's also rent assistance when people need a little help to prevent them from becoming homeless. If you are interested in becoming a bell ringer, you can sign up at The-Sal-Army-dot-Org.