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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Woman killed, another seriously injured in Mille Lacs County crash

ISLE, Minn. -- A Wahkon woman was killed Friday night in a crash that also seriously injured a Bemidji woman in Mille Lacs County, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

The two-vehicle accident occurred just after 7 p.m. Friday, the patrol said.

A 1995 Mercury Mystique driven by Rodney Brown, 39, of St. Paul, was traveling south on Highway 169 when it struck a 2004 Buick Century driven by Autumn Hardy, 21, of Bemidji, who was heading north on Highway 169 when the vehicle hit ice and spun into the oncoming lane.

A passenger in Hardy's vehicle, Linda Sam, 49, of Wahkon, was killed, the patrol said.

Hardy was seriously injured and taken to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. A 3-year-old passenger in Hardy’s vehicle, whose name was not given, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, as did Brown, the patrol said.

All four people were wearing seat belts, and no alcohol was detected.

The Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office and the Isle Police Department responded.


A wind chill advisory is in place until 9 a.m. once again for nearly the entire state. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen say below zero temperatures combined with 5 to 10 mph winds mean in feels 25-to-35 below. And it is a cold start to the week; Early temperatures range from -15 to -18 in much of central and northern Minnesota, and -9 to -13 along the southern tier of counties. The coldest reading in Minnesota this (Mon) morning was -27 in Fosston. The warm spot was at the St. Paul airport, which reported a reading of -6. Meteorologists say it's been below zero 41 times so far this winter - the most since the winter of 1981-82, when there were 46 sub-zero days all winter. The highest number of at or below zero temperatures in an entire winter is 68 for the winter of 1874-75.


The debate on immigration reform continues in Washington. On Thursday, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said there would likely be no movement on the issue in 2014--or while President Obama is in the White House. On Sunday's This Week on ABC, Congressman Tom Cole, a Republican from Oklahoma, reiterated his party is skeptical of the President, saying the President has changed on immigration before. Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison, a Democrat, countered that the government, under President Obama has deported 11-hundred people a day and that he's done his part, but Republicans have failed to do theirs. On Sunday, Democratic Senator from New York, Chuck Schumer, proposed a compromise to enact immigration reform now, but delay implementation until 2017--after Obama has left office.


The push to increase Minnesota's minimum wage goes on the road to Greater Minnesota this week with a stop today (noon) in Duluth and tomorrow (Tues) in Austin. Rochester City Council member Michael Wojcik says the minimum wage should be at least 9-50 per hour, with future increases indexed to inflation. Hibbing Mayor Rick Cannata says a minimum wage increase would put more money in the pockets of Greater Minnesota workers and help expand the economy. Opponents warn it will stifle job creation and shrink the pool of available jobs for younger workers.


A woman is on the run after a domestic disturbance in North St. Paul before sunrise on Sunday morning. She is accused of shooting her daughter in the leg at an apartment complex and running off before police entered the apartment. The victim was sent to the hospital but is expected to recover. No names have yet been released.


Police are still looking for answers concerning Friday morning's high-speed chase in Eden Prairie that ended in gunfire and the deaths of two people. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the two Saturday as 34-year-old Dawn Pfister and her boyfriend, Matthew Serbus. It's not yet been made clear if the couple were killed by police after they crashed on Highway 212, or if Serbus killed Pfister. More than a dozen shots rang out after the chase ended.


A new report from the state Health Department addresses racial, geographic and income inequities in health care. Based on the report's findings, Minnesota Health Commissioner, Dr. Ed Ehlinger  is recommending that policy makers at all levels take into consideration the impact that it would have on people of color and American Indians. Ehlinger is asking for increased statewide reporting and data collection related to health inequity. And he's calling for the creation of a Minnesota Center for Health Equity to implement the report's recommendations.


Governor Dayton is at Mayo Clinic for early morning (545am Mon) hip surgery. The governor injured his hip last summer running down the stairs at the official residence. Mayo doctors repaired a muscle shortly after, but Dayton reported continued instability in the joint. Doctors found in mid-January that major tendons had come off the bone and they're reattaching them during today's surgery. Dayton will have to wear a protective brace for up to three months but says it won't affect his official duties. The surgery was originally scheduled for last week, but the governor postponed it so he could attend Saturday's memorial service for Joan Adams Mondale.


February is Heart Month and health officials are reminding all of us how important it is to take better care of ourselves. Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Sharon Mulvagh (MULL-vay) says there are four healthy lifestyle practices to keep in mind when it comes to heart health, including not smoking, being at a healthy weight, a diet rich in fruits and veggies and exercise.

Dr. Mulvagh says you can learn more about heart disease by taking the Heart Health quiz online at theheartproject-dot-com. (