(Update) Minnesota News Roundup: Man charged in fatal scooter crashMinnesota News
-- A Hibbing man is being charged with criminal vehicular homicide for a September crash in Itasca County in which his pickup truck hit a motorized mobility scooter, killing its driver.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- A Hibbing man is being charged with criminal vehicular homicide for a September crash in Itasca County in which his pickup truck hit a motorized mobility scooter, killing its driver.
A complaint charging Lyle Elmer White, 71, with two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide was filed in State District Court in Itasca County on Monday. White is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday.
Law enforcement authorities were notified of a fatal motor-vehicle crash on Itasca County Road 29 near U.S. Forest Service Road 3342 shortly after noon on Sept. 29. The first deputy on the scene found White, his pickup in the eastbound lane, parts of the motor scooter scattered along the road, and the body of its operator — Eugene Paul Zeroth, 78, of Princeton, Minn. — on the road.
The U.S. Defense Department is confirming the death of a Minnesota Marine in Afghanistan. Officials say 23-year-old Lance Corporal Dale Means of Jordan was killed Sunday during combat operations in the Helmand province. Means was a gunner on a vehicle that hit a roadside bomb. He was a 2007 graduate of New Prague High School and reportedly married his wife Andrea last year. Means was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Marine Expeditionary Force. This was Corporal Means' first tour of duty.
A Massachusetts company has denied negligence in connection with a steroid linked to the nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. New England Compounding Pharmacy disputes claims made by Barbe Puro of Savage in a federal lawsuit. Puro claims she suffered emotional distress after receiving a possibly contaminated steroid The company admits dispensing the steroid but says injuries have not been proven, and if there are injuries, they may have been caused by pre-existing or unrelated conditions.
Minnesota's monthly milk production was up nearly three-percent in October, thanks to higher demand, especially in international markets. The USDA's Jerry Bangee says as a result they're expecting stronger milk prices in 2013 -- and driving that are stronger prices for both non-fat dry milk and whey. Milk production in neighboring Wisconsin shot up nearly five-percent during that same period.
Another dismal quarter for Best Buy Company. The Minnesota-based electronics giant lost ten-million dollars in the third quarter and revenue at stores open at least a year fell four-point-three percent. Best Buy is struggling to keep customers from going to competitors such as WalMart and Amazon. Founder Richard Schulze owns 20 percent of the company and continues to work with private equity groups on a takeover.
Though the Department of Defense has not yet confirmed it, family members say a Minnesota soldier has died while on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. Twenty-three-year-old Lance Corporal Dale Means was killed by an explosion on Sunday. Means, who leaves behind a wife, was a 2007 graduate of New Prague High School -- and was stationed at Camp LeJueune, North Carolina.
A Twin Cities area teenager convicted in a deadly shooting earlier this year is headed to prison. A judge sentenced 19-year-old DeShawn Roberts of Brooklyn Center to 21 years behind bars following an incident where he opened fire on a group of people in Brooklyn Park. Roberts accidentally killed his friend, 16-year-old Terrance Creamer. The judge told Roberts that even though Creamer's death was an accident, such a shooting in a crowded area brought on the stiffer sentence.
Just a few months after the closing of the Verso Paper Mill in Sartell, more jobs are being lost at another central Minnesota paper plant. The Wausau Paper Corporation is spending $35-million-dollars, but cutting 55 jobs at its plant in Brainerd. That's about a third of its local workforce. Most of the workers are hourly and will be done by the end of this year. The change comes as many Americans pick up their iPads and tablets, and go paper-free. Wausau is converting its operations to manufacture less printing and writing paper -- and make more tape and food grade paper.