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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: St. Paul woman killed in New Hampshire crash

A motorist suspected of killing a Minnesota woman in a two-vehicle New Hampshire crash Saturday has been arrested. 30-year-old Leah Fonda of St. Paul died in the crash. New Hampshire State Police say the vehicle driven by the 43-year-old male suspect struck the car Fonda was riding in and fled. He was located later and taken to a hospital, where he was charged with negligent homicide, felony driving under the influence and felony conduct after an accident. Police say the driver of the second vehicle, 30-year-old Brian Preiss of St. Paul, sustained serious injuries in the crash. 


Alcohol may have been a factor in an ATV crash in the central Minnesota town of St. Stephen. Stearns County Sheriff's Deputies say the ATV's driver, 31-year-old Brian Klein, was speeding and driving recklessly early Sunday morning when they attempted to pull him over. Officials say Klein pulled into his driveway and around the side of a detached garage and apparently ended up driving the ATV off a retaining wall. When deputies found Klein, he was pinned by the ATV. First aid was administered, and Klein was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital emergency room. 


Elected officials in about two dozen Minnesota counties have voted this month to collect a "wheelage tax" on vehicles to raise more money for roads and bridges -- and Stearns, Benton, Saint Louis, Blue Earth, Nicollet and Steele counties will also likely make decisions before the August 1st deadline. This last session state lawmakers gave all Minnesota counties permission to collect wheelage taxes. Before that, only the seven-county metro area had the option. 


Ely bear researcher Lynn Rogers is meeting with Governor Dayton this afternoon (Mon 1pm) to discuss the D-N-R's decision not to renew his permit. The agency told Rogers in June it would not renew his permit and gave him until August 1st to remove radio collars from bears in the area. Rogers says he hopes Governor Dayton will understand his appeal and is counting on the governor to be fair. Rogers says his research of wild black bear behavior is the only study of its kind in the world. The D-N-R complained his project hasn't yielded much published research, but Rogers says he'll show the governor eight peer-reviewed publications of his recent study. 


Hunters that have been selected in this year's bear lottery have until Thursday, August 1st to purchase their licenses. Steve Merchant with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says licenses not purchased by the deadline will become available on a first-come, first-served, basis. Youths ages 10-12 can receive a free no-quota bear license until August 1st--after that hunters under 13 will have to pay the full price of 44 dollars. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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