(Update) Minnesota News Roundup: No alcohol-related traffic deaths for the fifth New Year's Eve in a rowMinnesota News
-- Initial numbers show Minnesota had its fifth New Year's Eve in a row with no *alcohol-related* traffic deaths.
Initial numbers show Minnesota had its fifth New Year's Eve in a row with no *alcohol-related* traffic deaths.
There was however a fatal crash in north-central Minnesota Monday night that claimed the life of a man from Bigfork. 27-year-old Samuel Deotis was struck by a semi while making a left turn on State Highway 6 near Deer River in Itasca County. Preliminary numbers show in 2012 just under 380 people were killed on Minnesota roads. Lieutenant Eric Roeske says the State Patrol arrested 25 motorists on New Year's Eve for DWI as part of a stepped-up enforcement effort.
Two people are holding a winning ticket worth one million dollars each from the lottery's New Year's Day drawing. The two Minnesota Millionaire Raffle tickets were sold in Crow Wing County and Pine County. These tickets are just two of 150 winning raffle tickets from the New Year's Day drawing. Officials say there are also five 100-thousand-dollar tickets, five 25-thousand-dollar tickets and one-hundred 500-dollar tickets. The 38 bonus prizes include three new Ford vehicles, a luxury vacation and four-thousand dollars in gas. A complete list of winning numbers can be found at mn-lottery-dot-com.
The Maple River High School band is in New Orleans getting ready for tonight's (7:30 p.m.) 2013 Sugar Bowl. The Marching Eagles will strut their stuff during halftime of the BCS game between Florida and Louisville. Maple River and a number of other bands will be on the Superdome turf for the performance. Band members are scheduled to return to southern Minnesota on Thursday and Friday.
Authorities say alcohol may have been a factor in a fatal snowmobile crash in Melrose Township New Year's Eve. A 33-year-old man struck a tree with his sled. He was wearing a helmet. The Stearns County Sheriff's office says when rescue crews arrived the man was alive, but was having a hard time breathing. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name is not being released at this time.
Two Minnesota health care providers are now one. HealthPartners and Park Nicollet Health officially merged Tuesday under the HealthPartners name. Officials say customers will continue to have the same coverage under their existing plans and clinics will continue to operate under their same names.